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Yarn Tornado or What a Tangled Web or Uses for Scrap Yarn

While waiting to move into my new house, I decided to tackle my yarn tornado. This mass is bits and pieces of yarn that had gotten tossed together while packing.

I thought about my Aunt Rentha while working on it. For years, she had a sampler of the expression from the Great Depression, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” My craft philosophy follows this idea. To me even little scraps are useful and not to be thrown away. There is every weight and type of yarn in this pile. I decided to make circles for a circle in a square scrap blanket with the scraps that were long enough.  I am making this to donate to a school for nap time. Circle-in-a-Square-Motif-Pillow

If the scrap wasn’t enough for that then I tried to make section for an Amish puzzle ball I wanted to try.Mini-Crochet-Amish-Puzzle-Ball amish

What was left got separated and used for a variety of projects. These are items that don’t have to be perfect for me. I started on a dog bed cover for one of the 3 dogs we have. I used the acrylic yarn for this.

dogrug12dish

The simply soft and cotton yarn scraps got turned into wash cloths. The long rug is a project I started last year using a variety of scraps. It has 2 strands together so it would be sturdy enough to go at my back door. It is the exact width of my utility room.

The baby and thin yarn will be saved for another time. I plan to make baby items with that.

Finally any yarn that I decided not to keep went under a tree for the birds to use in their nests. So see even the smallest of yarn has value!

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I have gone to the dogs!

I love a challenge and doing something different. A coworker came up to me all excited. She had a picture and wanted to know if I could make what was in the picture. So I looked and it was a dog wearing a cap. I said “Sure. Give me the kinds of dogs and sexes and I’ll bring samples tomorrow.” She needed 8 in a variety of sizes.  I had never made hats for dogs before but she was willing to trust me. Here was a custom order and I am not going to turn that down!

I brought her 2 samples Friday. They weren’t completely finished with pompoms but she is going to try them out and let me know how it goes. Here is the picture she sent me of one of the caps on her dog.

Dog cap

Dog cap

I made a few today and tried them on my Jack Russell terrier. He is not a happy old man under normal circumstances and my grandson thinks he is embarrassed wearing a hat. Notice the ears turned back! I have more caps made but I’ll have to get another dog to model them!!!

I am thinking about putting a few caps in my Etsy shop. I’ll work on some ideas this week.

red, white and blue dog cap

red, white and blue dog cap

milo wearing a cap

milo wearing a cap

party hat
party hat

flower top

flower top