Have you got some fluffy yarn you don't know what to do with? Then why not try making a fluffy lampshade out of it!
WARNING: Do not do this with a lamp holding a normal incandescent or low energy bulb, as they get hot. Only do this if the lamp contains an LED bulb, as this remains cold.
You will need:
Terms used are UK based.
Chain until the length goes around the shade tightly. The yarn will loosen up as you work. Slip stitch to the first stitch to create a loop.
I have to say that I couldn't tell if I'd twisted the foundation chain or not when I joined it, but it didn't seem to matter in the end!
In third chain from hook work a Triple Crochet.
* Chain 1. Miss a Chain. Triple Crochet into next stitch.
** Repeat from * to ** to end. Slip stitch into first chain space.
Now comes the challenge: how to find the chain spaces!
Stick your fingers into the work and you can see where they are! To be honest, I think I missed a few initially, but you can feel them as you go.
Chain 4. * Triple Crochet into next chain space. Chain 1. **
Repeat from * to ** to end. Slip stitch into first chain space.
Repeat Step 3 until the work reaches the top of the shade.
You want the work to be stretched tightly over the shade, so you get the effect of the chain spaces. As I only had one ball of yarn, I had to really stretch the work!! You can see from the photo below that the work only reached the centre of the shade before stretching.
If you want a more dense looking shade with no visible holes you may need two or maybe three balls of yarn.
Put the finished tube over the shade. Pull the bottom edge of your work over the bottom edge of the shade. Using your matching non-fluffy yarn, join the yarn in the bottom row of your work then slip stitch around this bottom row. You will find the slip stitch edge tightens everything up. You need this row to be smaller than the shade circumference, so the work stays in place when you stretch it. Fasten off at the end and darn in the tail.
Pull the finished tube up over the top of the shade. The bottom slip stitched edge may not stay where it should if you've had to really stretch it (like I did). Don't worry. You can adjust it as you go.
Slip stitch the top edge like you did at the bottom. As I only had one ball of yarn, the last slip stitch row was quite tough to do. I had to keep rolling the bottom edge back over the edge of the shade. However, once you get half way round it starts getting easier. Secure yarn at the end and darn in the tail.
When you've got your work securely onto the shade, you can now adjust it. It's easier if you turn on the light, so you can see the squares. I smoothed the work round so the seam was at the back and made sure the squares looked even.
Now sit back and enjoy your unusual fluffy shade.
Following on from my lidded jar, I had some pink t-shirt yarn left and half a ball of discarded grey from my failed attempt at a bag! I liked the curves of the jar, but I wanted something slightly larger that I could use as a yarn bowl. The result is about 8" X 6".
I ran out of grey, so continued on with the pink. Having finished it I felt it still needed something more. I tried a number of different meandering patterns, but plumped for a cross pattern. I was going to add handles, but I decided it would spoil the shape.
What do you think?
I've been experimenting with a couple of spools of Hooked Zpagetti I had in my stash. I started by trying to make a bag, but despite its diminutive size it was far too heavy. So I changed tack and decided to try a basket.
I spent an evening getting to grips (literally) with the yarn texture. I tried a square basket, but it wasn't square enough. Then a circular one, but it was a bit boring. I then just meandered around until I decided on a jar with a lid!
I have to say the Hooked Zpagetti is hard on the hands and the thickness is a bit variable. I do have tight tension, so maybe a larger hook would make it easier. I'm also going to try the Bobbiny t-shirt yarn from my local yarn store (www.Sconch.com) as a comparison. I know the owner has done a lot of research on these yarns. I'll report back on my experiences.
I'm very pleased with the result. I can just about get my hand in the top. My husband is now wondering what it can be used for. I'm thinking cotton wool balls in the bathroom? Any other ideas??
I've been trying to find a yarn that is strong enough to make a bag that will hold it's shape, but will end up being reasonably light weight. I have been working with the Hooked t-shirt yarn, but was finding the resulting bag was far too heavy. I'd be doing a work out every time I picked it up ... and that's before I filled it with my handbag rubbish! Then I then saw some bags made from chording on the internet and thought ... that's the yarn for me!
Luckily for me, my local yarn shop (www.sconch.com) has just started stocking Bobbiny. I had already identified this as a yarn I wanted to try and with a brilliant price, it would be rude not to try it!
The band said to use a 5mm hook. I actually found I couldn't work with that and ended up using a 7mm hook. I also had to change the way I held my hook. Rather than holding it like cutlery, I had to use more of a "holding a screwdriver" method! This made it easier to pull loops through and saved rubbing on my hand.
The bag took less than one large skein (100m length) and I'm chuffed with the result. It needs some tweaking; the handle is a bit bulky and I need some adornment (not decided what yet) on the front (maybe?). I might also invest in a long leather strap, as I like wearing my bags cross-body.
What do you think?
I don't know what it is about making small items that appeals to me?! I found some cotton yarn in my stash and tried to make a bag with it, but it was far too heavy. A coin purse seemed a good compromise.
I have tried making it in two pieces and in the round and prefer the latter. The only issue is the transition of the pattern and making that join (where one pattern ends and another starts) look ... well ... seamless. I still haven't got it looking as I want.
Next job is the lining. I have some stiff poplin to help it keep its shape. Then deciding how to attach the zip to the bag! I also plan a wrist loop and some adornments, although I'm not sure what yet. Watch this space!!
I've been working hard on a new bag shape and stitch. I chose to use a double strand of acrylic super chunky to give the bag body ... and it seems to be working.
I need to work on the way each row ends and starts. I don't like to see the pattern spiral on a bag. I also made up the bobbly stitch (although I'm pretty sure someone has used the same combination). With the thickness of yarn I couldn't make a stamdard bobble.
The next challenge will be the top and handles, but so far so good!
As if I didn't have enough yarn in my stash ... I couldn't resist this little lot!
I have decided it's time to make physical items for my shop rather than just digital downloads. I've been working on bag ideas for a while, so bags is what I'm going to start with.
The yarn is a super chunky acrylic, which should hold it's shape, and I have some fur-like yarn to add interest. I also bought some T-shirt yarn I've been wanting to try for ages. I just can't wait to get started.
Years ago my sister and I went to a large craft show in Dublin. As is always the way, we were inspired and came back with this little bag pattern and some silky ribbon. It looked quite easy, but the slippery ribbon made it quite challenging.
Roll on at least a decade and I find this bag unfinished in the bottom of my wardrobe. I thought I would at least give it a chance by sewing it together. Again, a testing job, as it's difficult to distinguish stitches and the ribbon pulls up large loops as you sew.
Anyway ... it's finished! It needs lining, as it's very springy. But what do you think? I may use the idea of tying yarn to make fills for something else ... although not using ribbon!
This beautiful orchid was a gift from a friend and I loved the colours so much I had to take a photo and now use it as my phone wallpaper. It was such a lovely surprise. I was recovering after a small operation and she popped round to try and cheer me up. It definitely worked!
The top three swatches make a gorgeous colour combo. Use the dark purple colour for definition and the mustard colour as an accent.
It's that time again, when some of my yarn stash has made it's way downstairs and hidden itself away in various nooks and crannies. Some of the yarn I was tripping over, but some had secreted itself around and about. I found bags of yarn behind the sofa, under a chair, in a carrier bag I thought was something else ... these yarn balls are good at hiding!
I have been organising yarn into colour-specific paper bags, acquired while shopping at my favourite local yarn shop. It has been working really well. I have a mad idea - I need bright pink yarn - I go to the bag containing "pink yarn" - and there are my choices! I also bought a yarn winder - it's a fabulous thing. The advantage is that I can wind the floppy skeins into nice yarn cakes that fit together perfectly. The downside is, because the cakes aren't squishy, you can't stuff them into an odd tiny space in the cupboard! However, I would really recommend getting one. It's extremely therapeutic!
I am beginning to realise that my untidiness is probably not to do with organisation. I am a Data Analyst by trade, so making sense out of chaos and putting things into spreadsheet boxes is what I do. The problem is that I don't put anything back. One idea leads to another. leads to another. Replacing something once I've finished with it is just a pain. However, if I'm ever going to have a house that would grace the cover of House Beautiful magazine, or at least be tidy enough to allow me not panic when someone knocks at the door, is probably going to be my life's mission.
Tell me I'm not the only one who has this craft problem?!