Yarn, like fabric, produces left overs after projects are finished. One of my friends has a great way to use them, making hats for the homeless. The pattern makes a two layered, reversible hat. The first one is hers, then comes mine. The hat starts with a tube with closed ends.
You can see how it uses up bits of yarn. Punch one end into the other to make a lining and fold up the brim; or change colors by punching the other end inside.
Fun as well as warm. Here’s mine minus the final decreases.
Mine isn’t so dramatic as my friend’s–I had quite a bit of left over red-rock yarn, but not enough for a big project. The yarn for the multi-colored stripe is really nice, so here is a close up of it–also more true to the actual colors.
I’d made a fancy shawl for my daughter of the multi-colored yarn a long time ago. It was spun from recycled silk. My hat isn’t finished because I want to buy double pointed (DP) needles to close the tube. Her instructions actually call only for 16-inch circular needles and knitting back and forth when starting stitches and ending decreases make it too small to fit the circular needles, then seaming the opening. I see no reason not to use DP needles and avoid seaming.
So this is my non-traditional entry for Scrap Happy. Click here to get links to see what other folks are doing with scraps (probably fabric).
Meanwhile, on the quilting front. Back in spring I was participating in several of Elizabeth Barton’s classes on the Academy of Quilting. The first one was Modern Art for Quilters. One assignment was to draw a grid. The sketch is here.
I made some value sketches too, then stitched it up in two color combinations. They were about 11 X 15 inches. At the time was thinking ahead to the guild quilt show and the small quilt raffle. However, only one got finished in time.
The delay was in deciding how to quilt it. I had always thought of the blue as background, so went with outlining blue pieces with blue thread. Then I faced it. I wish I still had the mallet I used to use when tailoring to flatten the corners and keep the top and bottom straight, but oh well . . .
Here is the unfinished one.
I’m thinking about making a larger version of this second palette.
I’ll be linking with the Tuesday Colour Linky Party (link in sdebar).