Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"What can you do with that?" Yarn Scrap

yarn scrap bracelets
Sample of yarn scrap bracelets.

     A question people often ask me is "What can you do with that?" as I or they hold up a small ball of yarn or even just a short strand of yarn.  "Oh, there is plenty you can do with that, don't throw it away!" I reply.  I am a big fan of reusing and recycling. One of the items you can make with scrap yarn is bracelets, and that is exactly what I did for my Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show freebie!  (Read my last post for a review of the Craft Show event.)  It was an excellent way to use my yarn scraps.

    I keep a plastic storage bag and a box close by my work table to organize my scraps.  

When I am working on an item and have a long tail or short strand of yarn left over, I put it in the plastic bag for later.  The shorter strands of yarn I mostly use for tying a tag to an item.  The longer strands or small balls of yarn go in the box.  These I use for a variety of things.  This time around I used them to crochet and embellish bracelets.  This is also a great way to try out new stitches and color combinations.  Some stitches I used were: surface crochet (seen in the photo as the green in the green and black bracelet), slip stitch, single crochet, and cross stitch.  The color combinations could come from nature, such as tan and blue of the ocean; holiday or school colors.  Sometimes the colors I choose at random and think well these won't go together. However, in the finished item they look great!  Small projects are a great way to let your creativity run wild.

     So have fun with your yarn scraps, don't throw them in the trash!