what to do with scraps and extra balls of yarn

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.
  • Ornaments
  • magnets
  • bookmarks
  • Tassels for a garland
  • Pom poms for a garland
  • jewelry
  • coasters
  • napkin rings
  • flowers
  • 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
  • scarves
  • hats
  • bags
  • ponchos
  • blankets
  • throws
  • prayer shawls
  • Pillow covers
  • rugs
  • Woven placemats
  • table runners
  • wall hangings
  • God’s Eyes
  • submitted by tracy C

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Knitting a Friendship Shawl

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.

Cathy F


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Sources For Affordable Yarn

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:

  1. 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
  2.   Websites like https://www.freecycle.org/search are sources of free items people are wanting to give away.
  3. 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?


Dixie S


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