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Using Up Yarn Scraps (Part 1)

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Yarn_ScrapsIf you’re like most people who knit or crochet, you probably have odd skeins and bits of leftover yarns to deal with after completing a project. It’s not too hard to find a project to use up the leftover whole or even half skeins, but what do you do with the smaller bits and pieces? Personally, I can’t bear to throw them away, so I save them to work into other projects.

Following is a list of of the common projects I incorporate my scraps into, although this is by no means a complete list of the possibilities.

  1. Motifs for gift blankets or other items
  2. Magic balls
  3. Donation (schools, senior citizen centers, etc)
  4. Hats
  5. Scarves
  6. Slippers
  7. Coasters
  8. Potholders
  9. Dishcloths
  10. Scrubbies
  11. Water bottle cozies

There is some controversy over whether to use cotton or acrylic yarn for some of these projects, which I will go into in more depth in a future blog entry. The point is, that even though you may not have enough yarn to complete a single largish project, using coordinating colors in a pleasing way can turn your scraps into something beautiful, useful or both.

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