Camberley, Surrey, UK

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, knitting, quilting, sewing

Member Since: 07/23/2012

recent comments

Re: How to Unravel a Sweater to Recycle Yarn

I would suggest unpicking rather than cuting as you can easily cut the wrong strand. Yes it take's longer but it's worth the time taken.

If you do come across a 'bad seam' you don't have to cut it off take your time and undo it.

Make sure when you make your balls you pull the yarn tight this will help pull the 'curls' out of the yarn. Then store it away for a few weeks. The longer you leave it the easier it is to re knit or crochet up again.

Remember also whatever grade the yarn was orginally ie Aran, Chunky, Double knitting, 4ply etc etc once it's been unravelled it will lose some of it's orginal thickness and usually equals the next yarn size down.

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

This is something my mother taught me to do. I remember her making one when I was about 5 so that must be over 40 years ago so not something new.

I've been collecting my hubbies T-shirts for a number of years but as we are both car enthustics they end up being cut up for oil and cleaning rags.

Still I do have a couple of crocheted T-shirt rugs from before I was married so they must be at least 20plus years old now. So simply to through into the washing machine then lay flat to dry.

Don't get to hung up on the thickness just take into condiseration who thick you would like the rug to be, what size crochet hook you have at hand. Regard your T-Shirt thickeness like you would your normal crochet yarn thickenss/grade.

Re: How to Turn Bed Sheets into Shopping Totes

It's nice to know I'm not the only person that does this. I also use old curtains from the charity shop. I've been doing it for the past 30 years as I to detest plastic bags.

In fact I've found there is a group how make bags and give them to shopper for free to encourage people not to use plastic bags any more.