leftover yarns

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DIY Halloween Crochet Pattern by lalylala

It’s a gloomy full moon night. A hook-nosed wicked witch on a wonky broom flies over a haunted house. One can make out two eerie silhouettes behind a dusty, spiderwebbed tower window.

Diego the skull (aka « The Death », who is also able to bring dead things to life now, thanks to a weekend update training course) triumphantly raises his scythe, when zombie Brian (masterminded brain behind a demonized good plan) sews in the last remaining yarn ends. Suddenly a dazzling flash cuts through the silent darkness and brings a scrappy monster to life, made from old yarn leftovers and stuffed with ancient rags.

Frank is alive! … And completes our set of 3 walking dead creatures at exact the same moment, when a one-eyed black cat crosses the deserted street from left to right, passes an old ladder and disappears through the basement window.

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After 4 years of knitting, stitching and stuffing I finally finished my Beekeeper’s Quilt! I love it so much and am really proud of what I’ve made!

I’ve knitted so many memories into this blanket. There are numerous puffs made from the leftover yarn from other projects and every time I see them I remember that I made a pair of socks or a beloved jumper out of that yarn. There’s one forest green hexi which is made from one of  the first skeins I ever dyed, which I had to knit really tightly because I had barely enough yarn. I put so much time into embroidering little birds and flowers onto puffs and can see how far I’ve come from the first one (some simple blue flowers which came with the pattern) to the later ones which I designed myself and put so much effort and skill into.

At several points I wondered if it would ever get put together. There was one time I started tying it together then gave up and undid all my work, putting the puffs back in their bags.

In the last few months I have been making a huge effort to get this quilt done. Slowly but surely it has been coming together (and taking up an increasing amount of space in the living room).

Now it’s done and gets to do what I made it for - looking pretty in my bedroom and keeping my feet warm!

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It is finished!
Man, why do scarves always take so long? I set out thinking this would be a fast excuse to use up leftover yarn. Instead it took close to three months to get to binding off.
Nevertheless the endless toil was worth it! I have a beautiful linen lace scarf, that I am very, very happy with.

Someone suggested I should start adding more information to my posts, like yarn and needle size. I think that’s a wonderful idea. I know that most of my posts are not seen in succession, but instead through reblogs. So to help you all out, I will try to add everything at the end of the post.

Yarn: Knit Picks “Lindy Chain” in Harbor
Needles: Size US 3
Pattern: Twin Leaf Panel pg 235, A Second Treasury by Barbara G. Walker.

Hey tumblr knitters! What do you do with leftover sock yarn? I’ve been knitting a ton of socks lately, and my feet are small so I never end up using the entire skein, which leaves me with a lot of leftover sock yarn. I’m not a huge fan of the Beekeeper Quilt, so what else can I do with all the extra sock yarn?

Apparently I find inspiration in the weirdest of places, I feel the need to share this ridiculous idea with you all. Now, I won’t say this is the happiest of universes, as much as I would like a universe where Obi-Wan is still the first to hold the twinsonly because Padmé is doing her best to crush her husband’s prosthetic hand, this is not one of them.

Instead, we are faced with the prospect of Obi-Wan Kenobi (he’s not yet Ben, it’s still too soon, the grief too raw), in his hermit hut on Tatooine, desperately trying to work out what to do with himself. The life of a hermit is quite simple, and while he spends a considerable amount of time communing with the Force, it is still something of a shock to go from running half the Republic war effort to lying low and scaring away the occasional group of raiders from the area around the Lars homestead.

He gets antsy. His needs are minimal, and routine maintenance only takes so long. He needs something to keep himself occupied, to stop himself from obsessing over his own failure, or constantly checking on the small but bright Force signature at the edge of his senses. But his resources are rather limited. 

The idea comes while he is checking on the welfare of the Bantha herd that seems to have adopted him. They shed a considerable amount of hair, and the nights are cold out here in the Wastes…

On his next trip to town Obi-Wan procures some necessary equipment and advice - the old matron smiles at him as she outlines the basic techniques, amused at his stubborn insistence on learning for himself rather than simply selling the raw materials. A day later Obi-Wan has collected a enough Bantha hair to begin experimenting.

Carding the hair and spinning it into yarn takes a lot of practice, but eventually Obi-Wan thinks he has it down. His first attempts are somewhat lumpy and uneven in texture, but they will do for now. Similarly, while wood is scarce on Tatooine bone is in ample supply and he soon has a service pair of matching needles. Now comes the tricky part.

It is slow going but Obi-Wan finds the repetitive motions draw him into a kind of moving meditation. Bit by bit the simple blanket begins to take shape. It is not much to look at, but it is warm, and it is made by his own hands.

Over time he improves, and while selling his leftover yarn the old matron offers him suggestions for more complicated pstterns. Obi-Wan listens eagerly, open for new projects to keep himself busy.

Which is how he ends up standing in front of the Lars homestead holding a large knitted bantha. Beru is the one who opens the door, and he manages to politely ask after her own health before offering her the stuffed toy with the explanation that it is a gift for Luke. His first birthday is coming up after all, and he knows it’s not much, but birthdays are important and…

Beru takes pity on him and bundles Obi-Wan inside with the promise of tea and the chance to give Luke his present himself. Owen might not be pleased when he comes home, but Beru knows a man desperately clinging to anything for stability when she sees one. She keeps up a light conversation, showing him her own needles inherited from her mother, inquiring about the Banthas he got the wool from and was he familiar with this or that stitch? Obi-Wan leaves calmer and more settled than he has been in a very long time.

Later he realises just what Beru did and finds himself immensely grateful. He makes her a scarf, the weave transitioning from pale cream to deep russet and back again, in thanks. He intends to leave it on the doorstep for her, only to run smack bang into Owen Lars leaving to check on the outlying vaporators. Angry words ar exchanged until their argument gets the attention of Beru who puts her foot down and makes them talk out a truce. Obi-Wan agrees not to engage in any sort of force related funny business and Owen will not grumble about Obi-Wan visiting occasionally for a bitch and stitch session.

(Obi-Wan wonders at the prospect, but it turns out complaining about uncooperative vaporators and scheming merchants while methodically adding row after row to the fabric is not all that dissimilar to the gripe sessions his men conducted while undertaking routine weapons maintenance. The memory is bitter, but not as painful as it once was, and Beru’s amicable company makes it even less so.)

Beru is delighted by her scarf, and Luke loves his Bantha. Even Owen grudgingly admits that the decorative rug was very well made. But it’s not until Beru remarks about all the compliments she’s had regarding the toddler’s adorable Tooka onesie that Ben realises he apparently has a talent for this sort of thing. He agrees to let Beru take a few samples with her to market, and soon he finds himself earning a small income from his creations. Everyone knows that if you want something special, something durable and warm, you talk to Ben Kenobi. No one knows how, but his wool is always softer, his patterns more intricate than other options.

It’s strange, to be admired for talents completely unrelated to his time as a Jedi, or General, but Obi-Wan, no Ben Kenobi finds himself rather content with the current state of affairs. His meditations with Qui-Gon are are progressing well, the Banthas are looking sleeker and shinier than ever, and he has even been experimenting with the use of his knitting needles in combat situations. Best of all though, he has a good friend in Beru, one who is not afraid to tell him and. He is being an idiot by taking on too much.

And every night Luke Skywalker goes to sleep surrounded by his love from head to toe.

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And that is where the silly idea formed from that comic panel of Obi-Wan and his Banthas, and the photo of my nephew in a knitted fox onesie leave us! I hope you enjoyed this jaunt into the world of the mad knitter Kenobi and his fibre crafts of great reknown. And yes, he has worked out how to utilise them in self defence, and the Hutts are STILL mystified as to how exactly certain employees of theirs ended up stunt up from the top of the palace gates inside some of the itchiest and most difficult to untie sacks in existence without having seen or heard anything suspicious… 😀

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While I really loved my vintage Daisy doll by Mary Quant, I absolutely hated her hair. But rerooting was out of the question, cuz like some 70s dolls, her head shrunk to be rock hard and due to how thickly (but sparsely) rooted her hair is, it makes rerooting a big challenge cuz you can end up damaging the head as you reroot.

However, I had a bunch of leftover yarn wefts and I noticed it really brought out Daisy’s beauty and helped lessen the yellow effect on her face, so I decided to try making her a yarn weft wig. Probably not the best but I think it really suits her better than the yucky rainwater colour brillo pad hair.

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Test project with some leftover yarn. These are leg warmers/boot toppers for YoSD (can be worn either ribbing or picot edge up), that coincidentally also double as SD/SD13 arm warmers/mitts.

Of course, this means I’ll have to add arm warmers (+ mittens + gloves…?) to my already-too-long design queue. Oh well. I’m stupidly excited about the possibility of tiny thumb gussets… n_n;;

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“What do you mean I’ve got a problem? It’s only 45 balls (including leftovers, not including yarn for WIPs). That’s hardly anything!”

Bought ten new skeins today. Eight will go towards a rabbit I’m making for a friend and two will probably end up as cabled fingerless mittens.

I currently have two projects on the go: a frumpy purple jumper (nicknamed The Clint Barton Sweatshirt) using the same yarn you can see on the top right, and a pair of cabled fingerless mittens using yarn you can’t see on here.

I’ll post pictures when I’m done!