December 5: No such thing as too much yarn!

We acquire an insane amount of left over yarn at the shop, however we always seem to need it for another crazy project.
Several years ago we wound much of it into Christmas ornaments:
yarn-ornaments
It only seemed fitting that a yarn shop should have yarn ornaments on the tree.
When we had the store in OKC, we made yarn curtains. These took an insane amount of yarn! We re-homed them in our Guthrie shop, and they feel right at home.
yarn-curtains
When Mumford & Sons were here last fall with the Gentlemen of the Road tour, we yarn bombed the building.
Yarn BombThis is probably one of the few virtually acrylic-free yarn bombings you’ll see. I think there is even some silk and cashmere in the mix.
And we yarn bombed the bench:
bench
 
This bench was on the verge of collapsing, so we yarn bombed a new bench this summer. I guess I never got around to photographing it. I’m sure you’ll get see it when we finish the remodel of the front of the building.
And after all of these yarney projects, we still have a pile of left over yarn. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll come up with another hair-brained idea to use it all up.
I have a two-part package of fun for you today!
#One
Yarn Tasting Scarf
If you are looking for a quick and easy project to use up your leftovers, the scarf pattern we included with our yarn tasting kits is perfect! It only takes a few yards of each yarn, and knits in a jiffy. This scarf also makes an easy (and free) gift.
So my first present for you is this nifty Yarn Tasting Scarf pattern.
tasting2
#Two
We have a few stray kits leftover from the fall yarn tasting and are giving them away today. These kits include samples of five new yarns for fall, this scarf pattern plus many other free patterns.
If you would like to win one of these tasting kits, tell us what you like do with your leftover yarn. I’m not exactly sure how many we’ll be giving away – three, maybe four. Truth is I was out running errands all day, didn’t get around to posting until I was home and the basket of yarn tasting kits is sitting in my office at the shop. So that will be a surprise too!
You have until midnight tonight to post your comment and I’ll draw the lucky winners tomorrow.
 

22 Comments

  • KMunger

    05.12.2014 at 00:11 Reply

    I’ll be knitting doll clothes with my yarn! They’ll make some great stripes.

    • keely

      06.12.2014 at 09:49 Reply

      Congratulations! You won a yarn tasting kit, and can pick it up next time you’re here.

  • karyndm

    05.12.2014 at 02:08 Reply

    I am thinking about making an advent calendar with 24 small stockings. Each one would be different. Another non-original thought but still a goodie is to make an afghan. When I use it I will remember all the things I knit.

  • Beth

    05.12.2014 at 02:24 Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try this out forever with my leftovers:
    http://goodmama.typepad.com/goodmama/2008/05/make-your-own-wool-dryer-balls.html

  • machelle

    05.12.2014 at 07:20 Reply

    I use to bring my leftover yarn to SWAK to be donated to the girls at Emerson School, but now I just accumulate it.

    • keely

      06.12.2014 at 09:49 Reply

      Congratulations! You won a yarn tasting kit, and can pick it up next time you’re here.

  • Melann526

    05.12.2014 at 08:23 Reply

    I get a certain thrill out of using every last bit of yarn, sometimes. A bag full of leftovers from a bedspread became a throw, and the leftovers from that became a felted pillow. Other times, I’ve had just enough to do some sort of border on a different project, or I’ll knit a little monster. I think using up the leftovers is a sort of creativity all its own.

  • mkinser

    05.12.2014 at 08:45 Reply

    Cats get a lot of the leftover yarn.

  • Jenny E

    05.12.2014 at 09:11 Reply

    I have made a Leftie scarf. I also made 2 Christmas bags out of leftover worsted weight wool that might have been cascade 220.

  • Carolyne

    05.12.2014 at 09:41 Reply

    I wind them into little balls and drop them into a big glass vase. I can see what I used during the year and by Christmas time, it makes a pretty decoration. The balls of yarn look like Christmas ornaments!

  • Meli40

    05.12.2014 at 14:19 Reply

    I like to make granny squares with left over yarn. I use granny squares for potholders or afghans.

  • Betty

    05.12.2014 at 14:35 Reply

    With 6 granddaughters, ages 4 thru 13, I have absolutely no problem dealing with leftover yarn. Often it’s a knitted piece for one of their dolls, especially if the leftovers are from a garment or accessory knitted or crocheted for one of them.
    They also love to weave coasters, rugs for their dolls, or even the gods-eye colorful ornaments, finger weaving bracelets, etc.
    Depending on the color or glitz, we combine several random yarns for a quick necklace or braid accents for their hair.
    I have a few designated bins they know contain “just for them” yarn scraps & random skeins. Of course with their adoring smiles, they know they can talk “Oma” out of most any yarn in my stash. Nothing like encouraging their crafty obsessions!

    • keely

      06.12.2014 at 09:49 Reply

      Congratulations! You won a yarn tasting kit, and can pick it up next time you’re here.

      • Betty

        06.12.2014 at 14:50 Reply

        I’m so excited! I’m hoping I can come next weekend. 🙂

  • rczb

    05.12.2014 at 18:12 Reply

    I have some left-over lace yarn displayed in antique jelly jars. Larger left-overs make great hats.

  • KnitCrochet

    05.12.2014 at 21:21 Reply

    I donate my left-over yarn to the art teacher at a local school. The students use it for weaving and other art projects.

    • keely

      06.12.2014 at 09:49 Reply

      Congratulations! You won a yarn tasting kit, and can pick it up next time you’re here.

      • KnitCrochet

        06.12.2014 at 18:06 Reply

        Hi,
        I am thrilled to have won the yarn kit!!! I live in Michigan, but would be more than happy to pay to have it mailed to my me. Please let me know if you will mail it and I will contact you with my address and payment.
        Thank you!

        • karyndm

          08.12.2014 at 05:17 Reply

          Where in Michigan do you live? I am from Michigan too!

  • mschoir01

    05.12.2014 at 22:25 Reply

    Twice each year the Metro OKC Knitters’ Guild has a swap meet and I try very hard to let go of some of my stash. Some years I am successful. Others, I bring home yet more yarn of every stripe and variety. I dream of accessories for the house or hats, scarves, mittens, and the like for the offspring and their progeny.
    Love the scarf pattern – quick and easy – what’s not to love?

  • stephenia

    05.12.2014 at 22:38 Reply

    I like to use leftovers for scrap crochet afghans or water bottle cozies.

  • Yarntramp

    06.12.2014 at 08:36 Reply

    Your window looks great Keely!!

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