T-Shirt Yarn Experiment

While I was doing some much needed housekeeping with my bookmarks today, I stumbled on a site I’d saved several months ago on making your own yarn out of recycled t-shirts.

When I originally saw this I remember thinking, “Wow! What a clever idea!” and then I quickly buried the page away in my bookmarks. Seeing it again reminded me that I had more than one t-shirt that could be made into yarn.

I quickly gathered my supplies and set to work on two shirts. The shirts were made into “tarn” in no time flat.

And because the colors coordinated with stripes on a hand towel I found recently I’ve decided to crotchet this into a granny square bath mat for our master bathroom.

I need to find shirts in yellow, orange, and lime green to finish this off. I’m going to make a trip Goodwill tomorrow after class in search of the perfect materials.


I started working on a pair of socks on Friday using Dorothy Hardy’s Ultimate Crocheted Sock pattern. I bought Debrah Norville Serenity Sock yarn in colorway Paprika at Joann’s and I’m using a size F hook. About 85%  of the first sock is done and so far I’m LOVING how these are working up.


I’m not used to working with sock yarn and such a small crochet hook and it’s kind of straining my eyes. And since I’ve never made socks before I wasn’t sure how much yarn to actually buy so I bought two skeins and now I’m pretty sure that one would have been more than enough. How much yarn will I have left over? Let’s just say, I think a lot of people are going to be getting socks for Christmas. 🙂

All-in-all, I am thrilled with this pattern. I am definitely going to use it again.

Crochet Basket & Two Baby Blankets

I found a simple pattern at Ravelry for a crochet basket that I HAD to make. I’ve seen similar baskets like this on Ikea’s website and really liked them. Considering that I can make this for less than $4 in any color I want I’d say I found a great deal. 🙂

The pattern calls for using Lily Sugar & Cream in a solid color but I had two skeins of ombre in my stash. It looks great to me. I think if I make one of these baskets again I’ll use a solid color. Maybe cream like the inspiration piece?


The Beginnings of My Crochet Basket


Inside the Crochet Basket

In addition to the crochet basket, I have updates on the two baby blankets mentioned in my last post. I haven’t done any work on them but at least now they’re photographed for your viewing pleasure.


Fiesta Crochet Baby Blanket


Ivory & Turquois Crochet Baby Blanket

Stay tuned for more updates!