If you crochet, you know you have it; left-over yarn, in the back of the closet, in the attic, under the bed. I know how the scraps can get out of hand, but don’t give it all away yet. I can give you at least 4 good reasons to help your scraps reach their full potential.
It’s a money-saver
Times are tough, and new yarn ain’t cheap. I’ll bet you have enough yarn right now for a hat or a scarf. If you think you need more, check out your local thrift store. Be sure to get there early on the special sale days, because if I get there first there will only be fluorescent orange left. (A little bright orange can add punch to your project, but please don’t crochet a whole hat out of it unless you’re going hunting.) I bought 4 skeins of Patons Astra and about 3 1/2 skeins of Reynolds Utopia in gorgeous colors just last week at my local Goodwill for a total of $5. If you have a lot of time to look, you can sometimes score yarn cheap at garage sales. Craigslist can also be a good source if you think you might want to purchase someone’s entire stash.
You can feel good about recycling
I’m sure you recycle your cans and newspapers, but don’t stop there; recycle your yarn, too. Natural fiber yarns will eventually break down, but synthetic yarns will stay in the land fill for just about forever. And any yarn could possibly harm wildlife. (According to willowbrookwildlife.org you should cut yarn into 6 inch lengths before discarding.) Won’t you save the innocent fibers from this sad fate? Heck, you can even pull apart that old afghan with the hole in it or that sweater Aunt Edna knitted that’s 2 sizes too small and give them new life.
This is one of my big motivators for using scrap yarn. I’ve never been happy to get a pattern and buy the colors of yarn suggested. What fun is that? I have to go my own way, and using scrap yarn lets me make colorful things without having to buy several new skeins of yarn. But beware; there can be a fine line between fun and funky and just plain crappy-looking. You have to match colors carefully (stay tuned for a new article on that subject alone) and plan ahead when you pick your pattern so you don’t use up all of one color before the project is finished.
It’s an easy way to do something good for someone else and for yourself
Instead of reaching for the chips while you’re watching TV, reach for the crochet hook. Before you know it you will have made a preemie hat to give to your local hospital maternity ward or even a blanket to give to a homeless shelter. And you won’t have gained any weight! You can also crochet rectangles for Warm Up America and baby blankets for the Linus Project. Hats and scarves in all sizes are always welcome donations at your local clothing bank.
Now that you’re fired up to save the yarns, you’ll need patterns. Associated Content, of course, is a good source. You will also find everything you might want and more at crochetpatterncentral.com.