Knitting yarn is some of the most fun stuff you can buy!
After all, aren’t there just so many colors, and fibers, and types of yarn to see?
I’m sure if you’re addicted to the world of knitting, then you get numerous knitting catalogs, just like me. From Mary Maxim, Patternworks,KnitPicks, to Herrschner’s and more, I LOVE looking through the pages at not only the pattern ideas, but especially for the yarns.
Yarn comes in so many different types, from cotton and wool, to acrylic and silk, from mohair to alpaca, from linen to bamboo, the list goes on! We dutifully buy the appointed skeins of yarn that are called for in each knitting pattern we use, then inevitably we are left with yarn that is never used or maybe we’ve bought that extra skein, “just in case.”
And there they sit. Like colorful ornaments or pretty additions to the corners of rooms. So often, we leave them there, hoping we’ll find a quick use for them. Oftentimes, they just keep sitting, like lonely little knitting orphans, waiting for those knitting needles.
So, what to do with that leftover knitting yarn.
Actually, there are many ways to use up extra yarn. If you’ve knit a baby sweater, for instance, find a simple pattern for a baby hat, and knit one up in an evening with the additional yarn. In a previous post, So You Think You Know Red Heart Yarn, one of my knitters did just that! Julia mentioned in the comments section, how she finished not only a baby sweater but added that must-have hat to complete the set!
Ever think about knitting for charity or those in your church or neighborhood? All it takes is a phone call or a Google search to find those local places where your knitting help is so greatly appreciated. Shelters, hospitals and the like can never have enough blankets and baby items for all those who pass through their doors.
If you’re in the Christmas spirit already, (and who isn’t!), knit up some ornaments or the cutest knit snowman. Or knit those little accessories!
Dishcloths are another easy item to knit, and they use up little yarn, so they are perfect for any leftover cotton yarn you may be hoarding. You can also take those patterns, knit them in a soft acrylic yarn and sew them together for a colorful scarf! In fact, that is one of my projects for January.
And of course, by all means, use that leftover yarn for afghans! Sew up long columns of a pattern, then sew that to another of a different color and pattern type, and so on. Or alternate colors horizontally. It’s all up to you!
So, remember, there are MANY ways to use leftover knitting yarn.
As always, take your knitting to heart! ♥