Scrap Happy February

I am having a serious sort out of all my yarny WIPs and UFOs.

In 2016 I made a blanket to send to Syria for refugees, inspired by Mrs Snail’s method of joining oddments of yarn with a knot and leaving the knots as texture in the work – with no ends to sew in!

My daughter, asked for another to throw over an armchair for her farmer husband to sit in when he came in during the day covered in all manner of mess and muck. In the box where all the UFOs are stored I found these

usig up oddments

I can’t remember what they were for – maybe I was going to make cushion covers, anyway, I decided to unravel them and make another blanket for myself. I have been unravelling lots and lots of abandoned bits – it was such a relief to come to this decision.scrap blanket

The yarns are a mixture of cotton, wool, and acrylic. some is from my Mum’s stash, but mostly it is from old abandoned projects of mine. Plus oddments left over from finished projects.

All are tied together with reef knots (left over right, right over left).

What a haul ….


and there’s plenty more to come!

I’m using a 5mm hook and started with a few rows of chunky weight turquoisescraps pf yarn

I have been keeping my bits and pieces, left over from sewing in ends a bag in a drawer

but when we met in West Bay for our Sweet Pea Gathering, one of our group told us she is storing her ends in a glass jar and then posted a photo on FB – oh they did look pretty – so now ….

yarn ends

I’m sorting my ends into colour jars – it makes sewing in ends much more fun!

A friend I met on the Collage Workshop in November, says she uses ends like these when she makes paper out of fabric off cuts. I’m not sure what I will do with mine yet – but for now I’m enjoying them brightening up the windowsil.

Joining in with Kate and her happy band of scrappers in her regular Scrap Happy post.

37 responses to “Scrap Happy February

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  5. What a colorful, scrappy blanket these left over pieces will make. Like all above me, the tiny bits in the jars make me smile. I like the idea of placing them on a window sill.

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  6. A member of a knitting (crocheting and sewing too) for charity group I belong to makes beautiful blankets like yours will be, she’s on Facebook under Kym’s Magic Blankets if you’re interested. I save thread ends too , embroidery, yarn and even the snippings from machine sewing and make pretty fabric using solvy rather than stitching between gauze, like you, I found the colours dulled quite a bit.

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    • Thank you Nanette, I popped over to look at Kim’s Magic Blankets and the blog she refers to. They use magic knots – haven’t tried that one yet, but I know lots of people really like to use them.
      Soluble fabric is a great idea, I’ll give that a go one day.

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  7. I can’t help but save the short bits from my embroidery threads too. Right now they’re all jumbled together in a pretty dish. The thought was that I might eventually “use them up” in French knots on a piece of fabric but we’ll see. It may be time to sort them by color though… 😉

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  8. I have a bag of small pieces of yarn to make into something like your blanket or else something where the ends are inside. Don’t have enough yet though.

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  9. That’s going to become a lovely scrappy blanket. It does feel good to use up all those oddments. I have my scraps in jars too. They are great for eyes and all manner of things when making fairies etc! BT your fairy has the hump, she wants wings.

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  10. Those ends are beautiful in those jars, what a great idea for storing them until the paper making commences, which I’m certain you will try if you haven’t already! You are definitely the paper making type, And yours would be beautiful! (My one experiment was just a hot mess!

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    • Your comment makes me smile so much Kathy! I’m very tempted to make some paper, I even took a class about 30 years ago. I’ve watched a few You Tube videos – it all seems a bit too much of a faff! and yet another set of equipment …. still, I might just HAVE to try it one day! If only I knew someone close by with all the equipment.

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  11. Here’s an idea from a non-crafter: Line the jars on a window sill or frame and admire the beauty as the light shines through them. Not mutually exclusive with using them for some kind of project when you are ready.

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  12. I bet it felt really liberating to unravel all those projects and come up with a new plan!

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  13. If only I’d read this before I disposed of all the ends I had to weave in on the Eastern Jewels blanket. I could have had pretty jars all over the place.

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  14. Margaret Cosh

    Hello Sandra My goodness I bet that feels good having a right old sort out of all that yarn and the blanket idea if great. Have a good weekend. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  15. Isn’t that a cool idea – I save all kinds of thread and turn them into paper through a convoluted process of laying them out higgledy piggledy on a piece of sticky back paper which then gets cut into strips and bits and attached into mixed media work. It takes ages to make one A4 sheet, but adds great texture to your creation.

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  16. What a lovely idea to keep the ends in jars. I am currently collecting a bag of tiny yarn and fabric scraps for another go at frankenfabric, but I haven’t got enough yet so that project will have to wait a month or two.

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  17. Those little ends make me want to knot them through a piece of canvas to make a tiny rug. It would be weeny, but how cute!

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