Using your scrap yarns can be so much fun. Cleaning out yarn and creating new things all at the same time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
There are a number of scarves that are great scrap yarn users. Here are is one of my time honored favorites. The Granny Square Scarf
It doesn’t take much yarn and the squares themselves can be all different colors and yarn skeins as they are here. There are also granny square scarves that use a variety of different yarns in each square. The photo below is from an afghan, but you get the general idea. Simply tie all the colors together with one color and skein of yarn. Add a fringe or tassels as a finishing touch. Keep in mind that the longer the scarf, the more yarn you may need. The denser the stitching takes more yarn, too. Striped scarves work great to use scraps as well. Side to side stripes work for smaller amounts and long stripes for bigger amounts.
The Newest Pattern
Here is the newest pattern. This pattern wrote itself after I challenged myself not to create another pattern this summer. I am pleased to introduce The Brown Ombre Stripe Scarf. The truth was that it was going to be an afghan but when it took 21 colors I decided that enough was enough! It requires 21 skeins of different colors but it is so lovely I couldn’t resist making a pattern for you.
The month has been busy. I’ve been busy taking not quite finished objects and giving them new life. About 6 scarves will hit the Etsy shop in the next couple of weeks. IF you follow Chocolate Dog Studio on Instagram then you have seen the progress happening on several scarves. It has been fun to finally move some of these WIPs out of storage and into the shop. Wool is fun to crochet but not usually my fiber of choice and these granny squares have been sitting for a couple of years looking for the right project to finish them out. Scarves work well, finish quickly and fit most everyone’s budget. I have started a Finish Your Projects and Use Your Yarn challenge but there are no rules and no timeline. It is really similar to the USE YOUR STASH challenge from previous years. I will keep going until I run out of steam, projects, time or inspiration.
Here are three of them being blocked and almost ready for their shop photos.
Two acrylic scarves have also made it to the shop. I’m thrilled. The colors are bright and cheerful. The Brown Ombre Scarf and then this one. The white scarf makes great use of scrap yarn. There will never be a pattern for this but I am pleased that it is finished. Feel free to imitate this scarf all you want. There are no plans to write a pattern for it. If my memory is right, there are 20-30 stitches between each dash of color. Each dash of color has 15 stitches in it. Thankfully, it has moved out of the WIPs stack to the FP or finished projects stack and is ready to go home with someone soon.
Little things matter; like the button on this tea cozy. It looks perfect and brings a touch of whimsy to just another granny square tea cozy. The little touches that make life great. Little things matter like a wave and a hello from a neighbor. Like the use of your right hand. Not being able to use your right hand really brings this home to you. As my hubs found out last week. His arm is in a sling but it’s not broken and not sprained. He doesn’t appear to need surgery, just rest- so all is well.
The Ombre Granny Stripe
The Ombre Granny Stripe afghan has been updated to reflect improved yarn quantity and an additional border option. I have never been that fond of the black and yellow in the original pattern so I crocheted another with a lovely brown border and it looks so much better in my eyes. This pattern is newly released, (everywhere we sell the pattern) and the shop has 1 beautiful Ombre Granny Stripe for sale. If it has been calling to you then now is the time to buy. It might not be there again for a long, long time. The new photos show the beauty of this afghan in a much better light. Whether you want to make your own with the Ombre Granny Stripe pattern or buy the one afghan in the Etsy shop.
Here is the latest news from the studio. My motivation and creativity has settled back down after almost a years worth of stagnation. Do you ever have stagnant times? I hit a road bump and a well meaning and loving detail person said “you have too much going on. You need to simplify and work on one thing at a time.” Bad idea, I tried it and it doesn’t work well for me. At this current time. There are 4 or is it 5 current crochet projects all in a partially completed state plus one chair and two paintings also in progress. There will be another one starting soon, when we hit the road to a family reunion. Three new patterns are also in process and two revisions are also in the works. Just a few shots of the wips:
All of these make me happy to work on and the frustration level is very low.
Keep your frustration levels low and work the way that suits you best. Listen to your heart and follow the pattern that works for you!
Take care and have a good summer.
Talk to you later,
P.S. I’ve been praying for God to give us rest. We both have been feeling stretched very thin. I’m not driving right now while some medication things get sorted out and he is not driving until his shoulder gets a bit better. The kids are pitching in a bit more while their parents are recovering.
Chocolate Dog Studio usually has a sale in March during my birthday month but due to the computer issues it has been pushed back until the middle of June. You can find the newest patterns; The Patchwork Heart Afghan and the Patchwork Heart Pillow Cover along with the Patchwork Heart pattern bundle. Have fun shopping and remember to always stop at yarn sales!
Talk to you later,
P.S. The coupon code is BIRTHDAYBASH1 and it works here.
Today we talk about the Patchwork Heart afghan and yet more privacy information.
The Patchwork Heart Afghan
This afghan started out as an experiment. You remember the photos on Instagram and then also here on the blog. This patchwork heart started while I was in recovery from foot surgery. Time was passing very slowly and this afghan grew out of an idea and hope that this would be finished well within time for Valentine’s day. Ha!
Here you go anyway. It is lovely and fun. The patchwork heart will be lovely in a wide assortment of colors and yarns. Perfect for using up scrap yarns.
Obviously this pattern is an adaptation of the Patchwork Heart Pillow cover. I did the math and 100 little 2 round granny squares was just too much. The photo above shows you how I figured out how many squares I would need. The Patchwork Heart Afghan crochets up quickly and makes a beautiful afghan. The ends are a bit much if you leave them all to the end of all the work.
Here is one of my favorite squares.
It is bright and beautiful. Send someone a love blanket! Crochet your own in their favorite colors.
Even more privacy information
This is the last time I will be talking about privacy information. There is new information up and you can read it on the Affiliate/Privacy page.
The Summer Days
Today has been busy, fun, exciting and did I say busy. We watched our youngest son go off for his first professional job interview. We’re pretty sure that he will get the job. Graphic designers are greatly needed these days. He is really good, even if I am Mom and I do think so. It was more final than I thought it would be and I am rather emotional about it but glad at the same time. It is time for him to be doing his thing in life.
The fun part of today has been playing around with the graphics program I use and making the graphics for the new patterns and knowing that finally new patterns are coming out for you. I’m even going to try my hand at videos again. It has been several years since I last created a YouTube video of crocheting. The one on my mind is how to repair crochet. We have had a few oops moments lately and it is time to get the repairs done. It isn’t hard but it does take some analytical thinking and now is the time. There are also new patterns to write and then also the updated pattern that I’m crocheting.
Talk to you later,