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Uses for Scrap Yarn

By July 31, 2013

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Awhile ago, a friend asked if he could have some of my yarn and embroidery floss. He doesn't crochet, knit, sew or cross stitch, so I was puzzled by the request. "What are you going to do with the yarn?" I asked him.

He said, "I'm going to use it to tie flies for fly fishing."

Turns out that he didn't need big pieces; he was happy to have a bunch of little pieces of my scrap yarn.

I was more than happy to give the scraps to him. I rarely throw any pieces of yarn away, not even the pieces that are too small to do anything with...so they tend to accumulate in my stash. Yay! I made a fisherman happy, and decluttered a bit at the same time.

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July 18, 2010 at 11:34 am
(1) Trysordy says:

Some awesome ideas to bear in mind. thanks alot

July 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(2) Susan says:

Our local Audubon Society recommends putting out short lengths of yarn (abt 4″) in a mesh bag (like an onion bag) for the birds to use for nest building. Once the word gets out in the bird-iverse, you will see varieties that don’t come to the feeders! The squirrels always take some, too.

July 21, 2010 at 9:23 am
(3) Amy says:

Susan, thanks for the tip! That’s a great idea.

RE the squirrels — that’s so interesting! Hmm, I’m curious about what the squirrels are doing with the yarn and thread? Haha, I am getting a kick out of imagining them secretly crocheting with it. Seriously, though, I see squirrels often, but it just occurred to me how little I know about their habits.

Trysordy, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate the comment.

July 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(4) Anna Lovcy says:

Try crocheting a harlequin afghan with each square done in a different color and a black border around all. It will end up looking like a stained-glass window. I do this and sell it for around $400. All done with scrap yarn, but I don’t tell anyone that.

July 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(5) Amy says:

Hi Anna, Thanks so much for the comment. What a brilliant idea! I bet your afghans are spectacular. Thanks for the idea!

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