Reclaiming yarn


Marjorie brought in a beautiful jumper this week. She had spun the wool for it . She had overdyed it too a bit to bring up the colours again. This was a previous jumper which had seen no use for quite some time. The colours are lovely and the reknitted jumper looks modern, cheerful and colourful. We loved it. It is a good way to use your skills and your good quality yarn so that you finally have something you are happy with. It is all part of a creative, challenging journey.ย  Remaking and revamping often brings out in you what you actually meant to do with the yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

VeryPink gives some good tips, which she explains clearly,ย  ย as to how to treat reclaimed yarn before you reknit it. If you reknit with the kinks you will get a slightly puckered/seersucker effect and that might suit what you are doing. If it doesn’t…the fix is easy.

Post stitch hats

Maria brought in two hats the other week. One was hand spun and looked like it had woven colours. The other was a lovely ice blue which others don’t usually think about as a colour for a hat. The hats caught our attention and we had lots of conversations. The hand spun one gets the woven effect by using post stitch crochet and the pictures can’t do it justice. It is very clever visually. Maria has edged it in crab stitch. The blue one in post stitch has that magical winter look of frost and ice. The video explains how to do post stitch. Something worth adding to your knowledge bank.

Where did you get that that?

hatsWe are always making hats, beanies and berets. Everyone loves a good hat or beanie. We make them for ourselves, our friends, family , for competitions and sale. We make them for charity and then just for fun. They always find their home and head! We like tryingย  new patterns or making up our own. The ones featured give you (and us) ideas. You can use up scraps and make fair isle or striped beanies. You can mix yarns and use something fancy like spun camel hair and silk or a really nice alpaca. You can make a difference with crochet or knitting the edge . You can do something as simple as a purl row after a number of stocking stitch rows. You can crochet the top of a beret and finish it off with knitting. You can make a nice little scarf or cowl to go with your hat. What you need is a good, basic pattern and then you can vary it with fancy stitches or a mix of crochet and knitting or you can vary the colours and yarns. It’s all up to you and your imagination.

There’s a good, basic beanie pattern on allfreeknitting.

Crochet neck wrap

Depending on the weather or climate you may just need a bit of warmth around your neck. You don’t want a big , thick scarf or cowl. Just something easy and light. Smaller cowls and neck wraps can be fun to make and if you crochet them they are really quick. Good way to use up oddments, too. Christine made a lovely, lavender neck wrap and it looks visually appealing. It’s the colour and then the lacy effect. She made it up herself. Why not? Just get your hook and yarn out and crochet whatever you want and the way you feel like it. It’s a nice creative exercise and also a way of freeing up your mind. No pressure.

Marina crocheted aย  cowlย  from her spun fleece which Alexis had dyed. She added some beads and a lacy edge. That’s another thing you can play around with when you are making a smaller neck wrap. Look at ways of edging or embellishing it. You get to see the effect without committing yourself to a big project.

The Happy Unraveller shows you how to make an easy cowl and then you can use your skills and ideas to make it visually more interesting if you want to.