Friday, February 24, 2012

What in Tarn-ation?

The tarn rug is coming along. I'm really liking the effect of 3 different colors held together. Of course that requires more tarn. But no worries - there are lots of cheap t-shirts at local Salvation Army...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fun with Tarn

I've gone a little overboard making yarn from old T-shirts (also called 'tarn')and now it's time to actually do something with it. I love using it in place of ribbon on wrapped gifts but that doesn't use much. Here's a rug I just started using three strands of tarn held together. I'll report back later on how far I actually get.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yet another Lacy Scarf

I just added another 'lacy scarf' pattern to my Etsy shop.  This one is fun to make because it is easy and it makes up fast.  Perhaps a little old-ladyish?  I can't really tell, but hopefully my teenage niece as well as my mom will like it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What to do with excess novelty yarn?

I've been seeing these things around lately - strands of yarn that are knotted in a few place to make a scarf.  Having plenty of 'leftover' and novelty yarn, it seemed the perfect thing to try and perhaps get a valentine's gift for two for friends.  Not surprisingly it turns out to be a snap.  About 80-90" long seems to be the optimal length for the strands (at least for me).  That leaves plenty of room for 2-4 knots (your choice) and still have lots of free swinging fringe.  For this scarf I used 5 strands each of about 10 different yarns.   Very satisfying to make as it is quick and easy and the results can be quite flashy.  If you want one but you're not interested in making it yourself, please check my Etsy store under Shop Section 'Handmade by Me' - I have a ways to go to use up my yarn stash and these are just too much fun make to stop now.