On the Krafters Korner listserv, we were discussing ideas for using odd balls and scraps of yarn that are too small for a big project, but too much or too nice to just throw out.
Here are the ideas we came up with, including both small and large projects. The small projects could use up one small ball of yarn, and the big projects could combine several into an interesting piece.
- Several people create items from scraps for charity, or as gifts for friends and family.
- Tassels for a garland
- Pom poms for a garland
- napkin rings
- small embellishments for zipper pull
- Yarn dolls
- Braids for hair ties or gift packages
- Hair bands and scrunchies
- Granny squares which can be used to make many things
- prayer shawls
- Pillow covers
- Woven placemats
- table runners
- wall hangings
- God’s Eyes
- submitted by tracy C
Crafting Challenge for 2019?
Each year as the New Year rolls around I take stock of what I have accomplished over the past year and what my hopes are for the upcoming year.
I have always dreamt of making an Aron Fisherman Knit Sweater. I have the yarn, a friend brought it back from Ireland for me. I just need the confidence.
In order to gather the skills, I will need to take on this dream I have been teaching myself different stitches. I will have a final piece that is uniquely my own creation using the stitches I have learned.
I have been teaching a monthly knit dish cloth class here on Krafters Korner for four years. This year, as I embark on my fifth year of teaching these classes here on krafters Korner I will be teaching primarily different stitches to use in a project like the Aron Fisherman Knit Sweater. These stitches could also be used in lovely blankets for little ones, or a nice afghan throw for the living room couch.
The January class is a honeycomb cable stitch. I was so excited to learn this stitch and now to be able to teach it to others here. I have a beautiful Aron afghan my Grandmother made me for my wedding. The center panel is the honeycomb cable and the texture is incredible. I have now finally been able to knit that stitch myself!
When I started teaching these classes here on KK, I was just an advanced beginner knitter. I used the opportunity of teaching these classes to encourage myself to step out of the comfort zone and to learn new techniques and then share these techniques with other blind knitters. This experience has help me to grow and expand as a blind knitter.
So, my challenge for 2019 is to come up with 12 different stitches for the 12 classes I will teach.
What is your crafting challenge for 2019?
How can you share that challenge with other blind crafters?
I love to knit, particularly with knitting needles. I enjoy the process of the knitting far more than the finished project. For this reason, most of what I knit, I end up giving away to someone as a gift.
This month was no exception. I just completed knitting a shawl from a pattern book entitled, “FriendShip Shawls,” by Debbie Macomber. The pattern I made was entitled, “A Hug to Keep,” and was designed by Cathy Hardy. What a simple but pretty shawl this turned out to be! Using bulky weight yarn and size 10 needles, the pattern is of a triangular shawl where the knitting begins at the bottom tip, and the shaping is achieved by adding on stitches using the knit cast on method in a stair-step pattern.
I gave the shawl to my sister when she visited me this weekend. It is sure to keep her warm this winter. She lives 400 miles away, so the shawl is my hug for her till we can see one another again.
Here at Krafters Korner we hold classes teaching blind crafters ways to create many different types of crafts. In some of our classes we learn techniques to make these crafts more marketable. Below is a note from one of our students describing some of what she learned in a recent class.
I took the Jelly Bean Jar Class. I learned that you should always embellish your jar lid, by doing so you can earn more money if selling the item. We also learned a technique where you take some item and use it to cover the top of the jar. An example would be if filling the jar with dog bones, take a dog bone or several mini dog bones and glue them to the top but don’t forget to seal the item with Modge Podge or some sealant.
Sources for Affordable yarn
Yarn crafters who make projects to donate to charity are always looking for good sources for affordable yarns to use.
Some ideas for free or inexpensive yarns:
- Community organizations such as the Girl Scouts may be a good source of free yarn. Yarns are donated to these groups, and can often times be more than the organization can use. To find a local Girl Scout council in your area go to: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join/council-finder.html
- Websites like https://www.freecycle.org/search are sources of free items people are wanting to give away.
- Goodwill and other consignment shops have inexpensive clothing. Sweaters made of wool can be found in these shops for very little cost. Unraveling the sweater and reusing the yarn in the project of your choice is another way to get inexpensive yarn.
What sources can you suggest for acquiring free and inexpensive yarns to use in charity projects?