September 14, 2009

A Contest! A Blogiversary Too!

I just realized that September 10th was the 1 year anniversary of this blog SO I've decided to have a contest...before showing you the prizes, I'm showing you what I'm hoping you will comment on and give suggestions.

First, all these miscellaneous but lovely partial skeins of yarn...what do you do with your leftover bits of yarn. Save them? Make them into little somethings?

I made this v-neck sweater a while back. It is too small for me (even though I swatched and everything) and the friend I gave it too can't wear wool easily without itching. What should I do with this? I don't think frogging will work...felting? Donate to charity?

Our dental hygenist gave me these two partially felted sweaters thinking I might be able to felt them fully. What to do with these? Do you have a project idea?
Okay, so if you leave a comment with a suggestion for any/all of these quandries OR leave a comment over the next week (deadline noon EST Sunday), you could win (randomly selected one of the following:

A skein of Berroco Touche in Cool Red.

A skein of Classic Elite 03 Tweed.

Two skeins of Porto Cervo Cotton.

A skein of Himalayan Yarn Co. 60% wool/40% recycled silk (175 yards) - the photo doesn't do justice to this lovely color.

A felted bag made by yours truly.

So, here's your chance to help me out, comment on my blog at will and often, and win something!


morgaine24 said...

i love the color of that purse very nice

Anonymous said...

I would felt the two sweaters all the way and make some pillows ut of them. Or toys for my kids. I save all my leftovers and make squares for a patch work blanket out of them. like a memory blanket. Each square is differnt and holds the memory of what else I made with the yarn. Hope that helps.

Sharon Rose said...

Don't enter me in the contest - I am tryig to reduce my stash - but I'd donate the V-neck sweater to charity. And felt the other sweaters. They make great purses and stuffed animals.
Pics here of a dog I made from thrift shop sweaters:

and more projects here:

Knitcrazy said...

I would Sew the sweater into a purse.. Simple Tote bag type and crochet the handles on with strips from the sleeves .. Then Felt them.. They make great tote bags..
The leftover yarns I would put in a bag and randomly pick one out and make the Ten Stitch Afghan in Ravelry... Just keep adding another skein as you run out or you could cut some and make smaller color groups...
Penny aka.. pennyknits in Ravelry

Kristen said...

I would felt the sweaters entirely and then cut them up and make a bag or a pillow or something like that. And I never know what to do with my leftover scraps, either!

Penny said...

I love making things with wool sweaters you felt and cut up. One of my most favorite books with design ideas for that is Felt It Stitch It Favulous Creative Wearables from Flea Market Finds by Katheryn Tidwell bieber. Boy does it give you ideas of what wonderful things you can make from aweaters you find at the thrift shop. I just love your felted bag also.

Jennifer said...

OK - felt the sweaters fully... and then cut them into throw pillows. Google for more examples. They are everywhere.

Sweater that didn't work... re-gift or charity. So sad! I hate it when that happens.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I'd felt the sweaters all the way and make a bag or maybe mittens. AS for the sweater that doesn't fit - sadly I've had the same problem and give it to charity. A patchwork or logcabin blanket might be nice with the scraps.

Egater said...

felt the sweaters and make a simple quilt
Happy Blogiversary!

Anonymous said...

I would donate the v-neck sweater to charity.I would use the leftover yarn to make blankets for the local animal shelter. I would felt the 2 sweaters to make either purses or pillows.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry

Trudy said...

Felted material is great to cut up and sew into bags, toys or a nice sleeve to put a laptop in. Sometimes if you "double" the material, you can get a really thick casing for your laptop.

A bunch of felted squares , even handstitched together would make great lapghans for people in nursing homes, or shut-ins.

Random yarns--I've got this same problem! Sometimes, a newbie knitter wll list on Freecycle, and it's a wonderful gift to them.

Anonymous said...

Wool sweaters - the first thing to come to mind is to felt them completely and make bags out of them (once felted you can cut like cloth).

As for the scraps - you could make one of those nice scrap-afghans where each stripe or square is a different color. Or make toys/amigurumi !

Turtle said...

i am planning on a throw blanket with my scraps.

the felted sweaters? hot water bottle covers, purses, mittens....endless options! ornaments!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

With the scraps you could knit a metered blanket or wee socks and the sweater to charity and the partially felted sweaters make purses out of them:) Hugs Darcy

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Remember the FIsh Blanket? Seems like that might be a choice, although most folks seem to use just two colors. Here is a knit pattern that uses mulitcolored yarn:

And here is crochet pattern someone figured out:

TripletMom said...

I agree with the other posters & would felt the sweaters & make them into something else. The random yarn scraps I would use with a simple striped mitered square pattern & make a funky throw for yourself or charity.

Mujercita said...

I would make the felted sweaters into square purses, or possibly pillows.

JuliaA said...

sweater sleeves can be felted and cut off for long fingerless gloves, or maybe cup warmers.

the main bodies of the sweaters? you could take strips of them and sew them into a scarf, if you have a good sewing machine with a flatlock stitch. or pillow cases or stuffies, as others have mentioned.

little pieces could be sewn into little cat toys!

juliaa on rav

brownbear said...

You could make something else with the felted sweaters. You could make a laptop bag, a tote bag, stuffed animals, whatever. You could use embroidery, or other felted pieces, or ribbons to embellish them. The bits of yarn you could use for charity cat mats. I know of a shelter that uses them to make the cats feel more at home until they are adopted.

skaro964 said...

You could knit one of a kind scarfs for the holidays with this pattern CO in multiplus of 3 plus 2 at the end.
K1 P2 across end with K1 P1.
Reapeat this row for the entire scarf.
With tis pattern you don't have to worry when you start the next yarn, it won't show up funny.

If you can't give them to friends or family I am sure that a holiday drive would like some extra's this year.

cksknitter said...

The felted sweaters could become laptop sleeves or a lovely patchwork blankie for a pet.
Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com