Use Up Your Yarn Scraps ! {make yarn critters!}

Hello friends! I have to say I had big plans in my studio this weekend, however when I sat down to my desk it just wasn’t happening…also I wasn’t feeling too well, my tummy was squirrelly, I was tired and quite frankly cranky and dealing with a lack of creative inspiration was not helping either. Why am I sharing this you ask? Because I want you to know that it happens to us all, I spent the last hour shifting piles of blech projects around my table and decanting half full bottles of glue, glamorous huh? Sometimes though, even if I am not feeling inspired if I just go to my studio and tidy up a bit and take care of the neglected housekeeping projects that amassed while I was being wildly creative I feel better…and I will definitely feel better the next time I go in there full of inspiration because I will actually have a clean studio to create in! Since I really have nothing new to show you (you produce very little work of quality lying around on the couch) I thought I’d share a project I did with my children’s knitting group this week:

DCF 1.0

This is one of my most popular classes and with 12 kids (many new to knitting starting at age 5) I thought it would be nice to have a fun and easy project because they have been working so hard at knitting and crochet. The skill they learned was making pom-poms, I brought my Darice “c” shaped looms, my Susan Bates large Plexiglas loom and rectangles of cardboard…can you guess what they likes best? The cardboard LOL! We used up a bunch of scraps and all of the children had a ball…or a pom…making their project. That’s why I had half full bottles of tacky glue to deal with, boy that stuff is slow to pour LOL! I also ended up knitting through some stash while I was not up to par…I’ll have to show you the 6 new hats I’ve made…they are not that exciting but they are warm and with the new 12″ of snow we got this weekend they are needed! So, are you using up any scraps this weekend? Share your ideas, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

10 Responses

  1. When my Grandson gets a bit older, I would love to try to make these with him and his aunt! Thanks for a super idea!


  2. Lindsay, I feel ya. I’ve been feeling sick enough to take off from work (I’m a nurse BTW). I have no yarn scrap crafting to share, but today I messed around organizing a little bit at my crafting desk too. Tomorrow is going back to work day, so wish me luck lol! I hope you’re feeling better and up and at em soon🙂


  3. So cute! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try some of these critters. My scrap yarn is used for socks. I usually buy 3 skeins of sock yarn to make 2 pair of sock and always have odd amounts left over, so I use the scraps to make footie socks for myself. Socks are one of those things that take too long to make and sell, so I give them all away as gifts. Sometimes my footie socks are pretty funky looking with all the scrap yarn! LOL


  4. They are so cute! I’d love to see how you do them.


  5. Sorry you were under the weather. Those animals are darn cute.I don’t know how to make a pom pom, would you believe it.


  6. Cute project!!! The little feet under your critters reminded me that my kids and I made pom-pom critters In the 80s , but we used ready-made poms. The feet were red and peel’n’stick. I had found the little feet in the craft section of our local grocery store. It was a great bad weather craft for our camping trip! We glued on googly eyes and put little word bubbles onto them so they could be saying some smartie pants phrase…it was fun. Thanks for sharing!


  7. sorry you were feeling under the weather!!!!


  8. Sorry you are not feeling well. Lots of sickness around this year it seems so hopefully you bounce back fast. I re-arrange and sort when I don’t feel well too. Today I decided to do SOMETHING with the containers of 2″ fabric strips that are taking up way too much room on my shelves. So, I cut 2-1/2″ red squares and sewing them to a 2 1/2″ strip, end to end, one after the other. All colours suitable for men this time. Then I will sew the rows together over and over until I have a 40″ x whatever the length turns out to be quilt top. It’s an experiment an I have no idea if it’s going to be a quilt I want to give to someone or if it becomes a “use this old thing” type of quilt. Time will tell.


  9. soo adorable!


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