Crocheted Hat and Headband- In Bright Yellow!

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I originally had this yarn as my trellis-making yarn, but now I have a roll of real twine that I don’t have to fuss over my trellises at the end of the season. I wanted to give this yarn a better use since it is so nice. The yellow yarn is synthetic and shouldn’t be left out because it could pollute the earth with plastics, whereas twine is a natural fiber and is just fine to compost. I had a whole lot of the yarn left. Enough yarn to make a hat and a headband/ear warmer! Making these was fun. The color is so cheerful. I could never lose such a bright hat, even in the snow. If I choose to keep this set, I may have it in the car for emergencies since it’s bright and noticeable.

The hat was made with a large circle of alternating single and double stitch, and the ear warmer was made with a single stitch foundation chain, double stitch for most of it, and then another single stitch for symmetry.

Three Headbands

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Here are three of the headbands/ear warmers I’ve crocheted this winter. I used a double stitch for the whole thing save for the first and last rows which were single stitch. They are plush and soft and like they’ll keep the ears nice and warm. The white one is from the remaining yarn after I made my first hat. The light blue one is from the remaining yarn after I made my first pair of socks. The navy one was just a small ball of secondhand yarn I had, and it became a gift for a loved one.

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Technically, though I’m posting this in the new year, this is a part of my 2019 Fabric Use-Up Project, as I’m counting my fiber stash as another thing I need find good use for.

Slippers from Nothing But Scraps!

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P1030953 - CopyI am not a slippers person, but I recently got up in the middle of the night, and the floor was so cold I dug around in my sock drawer for my (handmade) warmest socks to brave walking about. I haven’t had need for a pair of slippers since I was a kid (I’ve made do with a pair of sandals when needed), but I want a pair now. I’m not going to buy one, though!

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This is a project that I’m not using a pre-made pattern for. I made it up as I went, using the crocheted slipper padding as a guide for the size and shape of the whole slipper. It was pretty fun to hunt through my scrap pile for just the right piece of fabric- the right size with the grain in the right direction.

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It’s satisfying to see so many useful projects come together for no additional money cost. I’m spending my time, sure, but I enjoy making things and I enjoy using the things I make. I don’t have to wait in line and spend my hard-earned money on things that will wear out soon and get thrown away too quickly.

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The inner padding is a thick yarn from my slipper socks. It is double crocheted in the shape of a footprint. (Knowing what I know now, I would recommend half-double as it can make the yarn go further while still feeling plush.) I also made an extra heel padding circle from the very last scraps of that yarn. The padding pieces were stitched together by hand. I used whatever thread the needle was already threaded with, as it doesn’t actually matter; the padding will be covered in the completed slipper.

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The bottom of the slipper is made from an old towel that was so old I was cutting it into cleaning rags. I think I’d prefer a towel texture for the bottom rather than a tightly woven fabric. It may be somewhat slippery no matter what, but I think the texture of a towel will provide slightly more grip on the floor.

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Do you recognize the fabric of the sole and top of my slipper? I love this calico! It’s a sweet purple with those little white flowers. I never got around to wearing the dress I made and it’s up on my etsy now because I think someone else can give it a better home, but I’m enjoying working with the scraps from the process of making that dress!

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I have used these slippers daily since making them and they’re holding up well. It’s satisfying to be able to make something out of what I already have available!

Third and Fourth Pairs of Socks!

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The all-black pair didn’t photograph well, but it’s made of a soft, squishy thick type of yarn and the ankles of the sock are tall, more like normal socks than like slipper socks. With the second sock of this pair, I finally figured out to fix the toes round like normal socks rather than just as rounded-off squares (round on the left, squared on the right). These are super comfortable socks and have probably become one of my favorite pairs. It was a great yarn to work with. (A mystery yarn, of course, as all of it is secondhand from someone getting rid of their yarn.)

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The black and berry colored slipper socks were made from the remnants of the black yarn from the previous pair plus a small ball of yarn that was multi-colored fuzzy berry tones but not large enough to make a full pair of socks. I also used up a tiny ball of black puffy yarn on one ankle as I ran out of the original black yarn too soon. It blends pretty well.

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This was my first try at making two-colored crocheted anything. Sure, the toes are uneven, but the textures are great and they’re pretty cute no matter what. You can see that now the socks have rounded toes! I’m proud of this improvement!

Again, I waited a bit after making these socks before posting so I could give them a proper test run. The all-black socks are super comfy, but the black and berry slipper socks have great powers of insulation from the other yarn used on the toes.

These are another installation of my 2019 Fabric Use-Up Project.

I crocheted my first pair of socks

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My aunt taught me the basics of crochet long ago, but I’ve only occasionally practiced since I was a kid. I know single and double stitch, but I can’t read a crochet pattern yet. I have some spare yarn in my 2019 Fabric Use-Up Project, and I needed to get more warm winter socks, so I figured now would be a good time to solve both problems at once. I found some instructions on the basics of sock-making and watched several videos of people crocheting socks to get the general idea of how it’s done. Then, I started on my sock making adventure! The result is a pair of blue socks. They aren’t beautiful, but they are warm. I intend to wear them until they fall apart.

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By crocheting myself new winter socks when I needed them and by using yarn I already had (which was salvaged from things a relative was getting rid of), I am not adding to the demand for slave labor made socks from factories in terrible conditions in other countries, nor am I wasting resources by requiring still more yarns be produced for me to use. I’m also not spending any money on this project. It’s an all-around win!

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The thick yarn makes my feet look huge, haha.

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The first sock had a very boxy toe.

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With the second sock, I managed to round out the corners of the toe for an improved look. I still have plenty of yarn to use up, and this sockmaking project will continue in a series until I have enough socks for winter.

A Case for my Glass Pen

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The glass pen I’ve been using in some of my art needed a better storage than the long cardboard box it has been bouncing around. I have some extra yarn that I did not have any plans for, and decided to make a solution for the pen. I’ve been reading about weaving lately, so I decided to weave it rather than crochet, although I’ve crocheted some scarves in the past.

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I took a large box that held bulk eggs I buy (about once a month. I try to cut down on grocery trips, just as I use reusable bags at some grocery stores.) I cut the flaps off the box and notched every half inch on opposite sides. I used the flaps to make shuttles and pieces to hold the warp in the correct positions. They started out primitive, but I quickly cut them into more standard shapes because, well, those shapes work better.

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My mistake-that-actually-works with this project was that I beat the weft too much, and so it looks less than pretty, however, I don’t need something pretty for this project. It’s probably better that I have a homely pen case, as it might get ink spilled on it. The resulting material is very thick and provides adequate padding for storing my delicate glass pen.

While not strictly fabric, I count this project as a part of my 2019 Fabric Stash Use-Up Project.