One of the greatest things about crafting is being able to work on many different projects at the same time and being able to turn something old and used up into something new and pretty (or at least functional.) I love planning and designing as much as making and finishing, and exploring new ways of creating items with yarn or fabric or thread is so thrilling to me. Like, weaving. Remember those little rinky-dinky plastic looms we had as kids, where we could make potholders and trivets out of stretchy loops of fabric? Loved them!! I recently came across an old metal one and snatched it up right away…the 8 year old crafty girl in me couldn’t resist it. I envisioned many new gifts of potholders made from repurposed fabric like tights or t-shirts. I found a great tutuorial (Polka Dot Pineapple) on how to turn old t-shirts into “yarn”. Just the thing for the giant bag of old t-shirts I was about to donate to Goodwill! So, I’ve been cutting away, making strips of t-shirt yarn to crochet with or use on the loom. I’ve made some necklaces and cuffs thus far and I have to say it’s quite satisfying to get revenge on that cute “pre-baby” t-shirt that no longer fits by wearing it as jewelry! Take that size XS!
My other latest obsession is buttons!! Last week, I scored a HUGE bag of buttons of all different shapes, sizes and colors from the thrift store. Levi helped me sort them into color piles and put them into jars. Sitting on the shelf, they remind me of candy from a five and dime store. So now everything I am making somehow has a button (or several) incorporated into it. And of course my mind starts to reel when I think of all the cute jewelry you can make from buttons.
Speaking of jewelry…turns out I like making things into jewelry, I guess…I’ve also been crocheting with cotton thread and a really small hook. I love the daintiness of the work and the way it holds its shape. It takes a while to get used to working on such a small scale, but the end results are quite beautiful.
I imagine knitting will somehow make its way into my repetoire…but not now. I’ll need something new to look forward to when I’m an old lady!