Thursday, 10 January 2013

dealing with leftovers (of a wooly variety)

Using up leftovers has always been one of my favourite things. The contents of the fridge are always getting turned into endless varieties of leftover soup, and from the fruit bowl anything tired looking gets thrown into a cake or a crumble.
Fabric leftovers of course become quilts. It is of course possible that I buy fabric especially for it to become leftovers (scraps) but we'll keep that a secret....
Wool leftovers have so far baffled me however. I've made a few fluffy brooches but they don't use much, and my granny square production stopped once there was no olympics to watch.
I was determined to find use for some oddments of sock yarn however, some leftover from socks and wristwarmers, and some of a friends leftovers (how am I supposed to keep control of my wool chaos when I can't turn down scraps.......)

Thankfully Nancy had already solved my problem when she knitted a shawl using all her sock scraps, and I hope she doesn't mind that I am doing exactly the same!

Well not exactly the same, this pattern has lots of holes in. Some of them are not in the right places........


  1. I personally think that extra holes can add to the charm...that's my excuse when I'm making things anyway! I also started making Christmas decorations with some of my scraps but now that's been and gone, I'm a little lost. Time to trawl pinterest I think!

    xx Susan

    1. I am liking the hole charm theory!

      oh pinterest. so much to see there ! x

  2. oh, a shawl is a great idea. i tend to do granny squares.

  3. Hooray! You've caught the shawl bug!

  4. I did one too and it's my favourite shawl! I use it all the time.

  5. Hullooo there missus!
    One of my bestest colour combos- not dark blue and red.
    Happy weekend to you, Ax

  6. LOVELY yarn goodness, Tess... great way with leftovers! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  7. Lovely shawl and a great idea for using up leftovers of the woolly kind! I do fancy knitting a shawl but have just too many wips at the moment!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

  8. Ooh it's gorgeous. Definitely coastal tones in there and holes? Well, they are ocean worn patina of course. J x

  9. Brilliant, and three cheers for thrift. Hope you've told your husband what a resourceful wife he has?! X

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  11. You're so funny -- the holes will add to the charm LOL. I'm so impressed that your scraps are all related to blue -- if I did something with my scraps it would probably look like mud!

  12. It will be colourful and warm ... who cares where the holes are ;) Happy knitting :D


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