I was surfing the web today looking for some knitting, crocheting, and looming inspiration when I stumbled on to a forum post on Ravelry about ways to use up all those scraps of yarn that we yarny people seem to accumulate. Seriously, people, where do they come from? I have enough yarn scraps to reach the moon and back!
But I digress …
The thread mentioned something I have never heard of before: a magic yarn ball. A magic yarn ball, for those of you like myself who were not in the know, is a yarn ball that is a ball of yarn wound from scraps of yarn. You take lengths of yarn that are between three to eight yards long and start winding. When you reach then end of one piece of yarn, you join a new piece of yarn by either tying a knot or using a Russian join.
I had to find out more so I did some Googling and some YouTubing (are those real words?) and about 5 minutes later I was watching the following video clip from Jimmy Beans Wool:
I have tons of scrap yarn sitting around on shelves, in drawers, and in bags … ugh, I have yarn scraps everywhere!
This is a real inspiration.It’s a great way to be green too since all that yarn will be saved from going to a landfill.
I’m envisioning an afghan to cuddle up with on the sofa.
I need a black shrug for work – just a little airy something that comes to my elbows that I can slip on over sleeveless tops. It occurred to me that the quickest way to make this would be on a loom and if I use a single strand of worsted or dk weight yarn then that will give me that airy and/or lacy look I want.
The Purling Sprite has a really simple tutorial on her blog dated from January 2008 on the basics of creating a loomed shrug so I’m going to take her information and run with it. Stay tuned, dear reader, and I’ll post more information soon about how I make my shrug along with photos.
I’ll admit it: I haven’t had my looms out much since I taught myself how to crochet and then subsequently learned to needle knit. It’s not that I don’t enjoy loom knitting but, honestly, after learning the other two crafts, I was beginning to find looming to be too limited in the items I can create.
Having said that, when I was looking through my completed projects page at Ravelry a few days ago I remembered what fun it was making Denise Layman’s Mary Jane Parkers, (if you are not a Ravelry member you can also download this pattern for free on her website).When I made my first pair of these adorable Mary Jane style slippers for my mother last year I really liked how quickly the pattern worked up. I had originally wanted to make a pair of these slippers for myself but never got around to it and so having rediscovered the pattern I began looking through my yarn stash for the right yarn. I found some Lion Brand Jiffy yarn which was just perfect – not too bulky and not too thin – for the blue Knifty Knitter loom and set to work.
All told, I spent about 3 hours making two slippers. They turned out perfectly sized. I went back after the heel was seamed up and decided to add a single crochet border around the edges in a contrasting color just to give the slippers a little flair and they look really cute.
I’m happy I picked up my looms again for these slippers. It made me remember that I can do more than just make hats and scarves with my looms.
Yesterday was the busiest day EVER on this blog. Everyone seems to be looking at my patterns so I’m assuming that you too have been hit with requests from your friends, family, and co-workers and are searching for project ideas for the gift giving season. I hope you find what you’re looking for here on this blog however if you don’t try looking at the following websites:
I’ve written my first pattern. I was inspired by several wrist warmers (aka fingerless mittens) and I really wanted a pair for myself but after several attempts I couldn’t find a pattern that was exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what I came up with to satisfy my craving to create a pair of these bad boys for myself. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as me. Continue reading
Sorry for the delay in posting the project I made for St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t really find anything different or exciting that was simple to make to wear to work so I ended up making another scarf. I created this like I did my black scarf posted recently. I used about a third of the pegs on the long, purple Knifty Knitter loom using the figure 8 wrap.
I’m looking for something fun and quick to knit up for St. Patrick’s Day to wear to work but I’m a little sick of scarves and I can’t wear hats while I’m working. Any suggestions for free patterns?
I love this skinny scarf! I got a lot of compliments at work when I wore it the other day. I knitted this on my spool knitter and it’s about 82 inches long. I was shooting for 100 inches or more but jeepers creepers if I’d have made it any longer I’d have looked ridiculous.