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Here’s an article that got me thinking. I suppose we all have our different ways of using up those odd balls, or part balls of wool that we always seem to get left with. I once made a jumper for a special little boy. It had a lovely picture of Thomas the Tank Engine on the front. Of course, I had to buy a whole ball of yarn for each of the colours needed. This meant that there was a great deal left over. Eventually I decided to knit a jumper in blocks dependent upon how far each went. I finished it and gave it to the same little boy. He was overjoyed with it and insisted on wearing it whenever he could!

Over the years I have produced goodness knows how many pairs of mittens. They are good for small presents for family and friends. They are also good for charity sales.

The latest item I made from leftover balls of yarn was a poncho that I crocheted for myself to keep me snug whilst sitting here at the computer. I thought that it didn’t matter what colours I used or how I used them because no outsider was going to see it but in fact I think that it looks quite good.

Tell us what you do with your leftovers. Go down to the comment box below. It’s always interesting and helpful to hear of other people’s ideas.

OddBalls – 5 Best Tips For Using Up Leftover Yarn!

By Alice Seidel

Well, isn’t it always the way. Buy the required amount of yarn for a favorite project, then end up with at least an entire skein that has not been used.

If you are like me, you love to knit! Which means you are always knitting something new every month or so. Which means, after a year or two, there is a lot of leftover yarn hanging around!

I will just bet that more often than not, you take those loose yarns, and put them away; into storage bins, or closets, or even as adornments in a pretty basket, bookshelf, or container. As time goes by, though, you are running out of room, am I right?

We all love to collect things, only too much yarn equals too much mess. But, there is hope! Following, are 5 tips for using all that leftover yarn in very innovative ways!

#1 – Fringe a favorite lamp.

Pick a brilliant color and tie beads to the ends of each strand, then, go ahead, and attach those strands to the lamp. Add as many fringe elements as you please, as long or as short as desired. When finished, you will have a new lamp, not to mention less yarn!

#2 – Knit pockets for items you already have.

Long vests, sweaters that came without pockets, even scarves benefit from the addition of pockets. Knit them in the same color or use contrasting colors. You will be surprised at the results.

#3 – Use leftover yarn as gift wrap “ribbon”.

Use separate yarns, or combine colors for truly creative ways to make a gift more unique! Then, create yarn “bows”, too. What, with all the beautiful textured yarns you have stashed away, there are endless combinations of good ideas for gift wrapping! Be creative.

#4 – Knit small bags for all the young daughters, nieces, grand-daughters, and other girls you know.

Find those electric blue and hot pink yarns, then add a row or two of fun fur around the top, crochet a long handle, and you have just created a very popular item! Add beads, if you please, or clasps, or old jewelry pins as adornments. You just can’t go wrong. Trust me, the minute girls see these items, they want one!

#5 – Organize all those single skeins, and see what colors you come up with.

Then, knit up some baby blankets or table runners or bed throws. They may not be as large as traditional afghans, yet they add an extra glow to a room, especially when colors are used in sublime arrangements.

All yarns come in subtle shades that differ from one another; when combining these yarns into a single project, the results can be spectacular! Look for ways to bring colors and yarn texture together in ways you haven’t tried before. All those best-selling knitting books… those authors have done exactly that!

So, there you have it! The 5 best tips for using up your leftover yarn! Now, never again will your oddballs be lonely!

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