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« on: October 21, 2010 02:21:50 PM »

So since I've started spinning I have a few small skeins of yarn that don't have enough yardage to do much with. I can crochet pretty much anything, and knit a basic garter stitch. I want to be able to make something with the yarn but I'm really not sure what I can make. There's not enough of any to make a hat or scarflett. I've thought of maybe making a bunch of squares (probably knit because it uses less yarn) and then piecing it all together to form a quilt after I eventually have enough, but I'm worried that it would look bizarre because it's all different fibers and colors and weights and some of it is plied and some isn't. So honestly if anyone has any idea of what to do with the yarn I'd love to hear it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2010 05:15:02 PM »

Trim on a project

a coffee cup cozy

« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010 09:30:45 AM »

I'm in a similar situation.  I tend to get small quantities of fiber, and spin to get an idea what the color and texture will be, rather than getting a large enough quantity to actually make something out of.

I tend to make wee knitted kittens and elephants, for no particular reason, other than having the pattern memorized and enjoying giving them to people.

When I was looking for ideas, I came across scrumble crochet; a free-form crochet style/technique that I really can't explain (Google it).

I also looked into finding patterns for small flowers that I could use as embellishments (on anything from sweaters to gifts) but never actually went anywhere with that.

« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010 03:01:25 AM »

I'm a beginner-spinner but I'm getting there as well, those miniskeins are accumulating. So i was thinking about crocheting a granny square (or hexagon) blanket. Not too sure yet tho, i might have to double thinner yarns to get about the same weight yarn and it might just look absolutely mad with lots of different colours, but then, that might be what could make it just plain awesome  Roll Eyes
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010 10:14:48 AM »

I think a granny square or hexagon blanket (or scarf, or whatever) could be *really* cool, especially if you tend to work with a particular color set (ie: gem tones, earth tones, brights, etc), and arranged them in a progression, rather than just random.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010 09:52:24 PM »

A random square blanket would be awesome!
If you have friends who knit or crochet, who would be willing to help you out with it would make it more special, too.

I'm currently quite obsessed with knitting, and i'd be willing to help out, too. Smiley

« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2010 08:07:59 PM »

A random square blanket would be awesome!
If you have friends who knit or crochet, who would be willing to help you out with it would make it more special, too.

I'm currently quite obsessed with knitting, and i'd be willing to help out, too. Smiley

I did crochet one 8" granny square. And I LOVE it. For some reason it's the softest thing ever (it's BFL and it wasn't all that soft as a yarn). Its super bulky. If I ever get back to anything other than lace weight I might do that blanket.
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010 05:07:53 AM »

I have a freind that makes headbands.  I'm not sure how much yarn they require, but can't be very much.  On days when it is not quite cold enough for a hat, but you want your ears covered these are perfect!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2010 08:32:30 PM »

These are the BEST because you can make the coolest projects out of them. This epic hat pattern was actually made for small bits of handspun. I highly recommend learning more about knitting. When I first started spinning, I could basically only do a knit stitch, and not very well, but I crocheted. Then I found out that knitting uses less yarn than crocheting, so you can make more with less yarn. And now i barely crochet, lol. Anyway, I've made hats for my friends out of a zillion different fibers/textures/sizes/colors, and the more varied, the cooler it looks. Really! Also, if you have a Ravelry account, you can find lots of patterns for projects with small bits of yarn. Bracelets, mini-scarves, wristwarmers, cute little whimsical stuff. If you don't have a Ravelry account, you should definitely get one. It's the greatest thing ever.

« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2010 12:29:01 AM »

How bout a Rapunzel scarf?

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