I have to warn you that today’s post is a long one! I thought it was time I shared my favourite yarn hacks with you, I have employed lots of these little hacks and charts and they really do help to make a project easier.
Some can even stop cats from picking up your ball of yarn and wandering off with it!
That happens to me every single time I start a project.
I can also never leave it unattended (I’m sure I’m not alone!).
On To The Yarn Hacks!
DIY Yarn Bowls
There are so many ways you can organize yarn and create your very own inexpensive yarn bowl.
Some of these projects are fabulous.
The CD holder is especially genius and cat proof.
One for yarn and one for the kitchen but they can also be transformed into vegetable planters.
This type of plastic basket* is an amazing way to organise your yarn for a project that requires a lot of skeins.
My cat hates it because she can’t steal the yarn and booby trap the house!
Especially since I found these baskets with lids, so I’m able to store my WIP’s with their yarn and she can’t steal anything.
This blogger did an amazing job of hacking those little Tupperware tubs like these. All you need is an eyelet setting tool just like this one, some eyeletseyelets and use with a potentially pretty floral hammer like this one (or a regular hammer) to make sure that the plastic doesn’t catch on your yarn as it’s fed through.
7. How To Soften Yarn
This is a great tutorial to get your yarn all fluffy.
Since a lot of yarn projects in my house are blanket-related, I stopped using acrylic yarn because of its scratchiness and moved to the more expensive 100% cotton yarn like this stuff.
Let me know if you decide to try it.
8. Unravel a sweater and make sweater yarn
There’s nothing worse than your favourite sweater starting to unravel.
Or, you might find a wooly jumper in a charity shop that is the most gorgeous colour you have ever seen, this tutorial will teach you how to unpick the sweater and get a gorgeous skein of yarn.
9. Create your own T-Shirt Yarn
You might also have a big collection of cotton t-shirts that you want to turn into a rug or a little basket!
I actually went and did a little bit of research to find the best t-shirt yarn, because I’ve purchased t-shirt yarn in the past and made my own. The stuff that I purchased was much easier to use but that just could have been the material make up of the t-shirt that I used.
Zpagetti is the original T-Shirt yarn that was available on the open market and their make up is 90% Cotton, 10% Synthetic so if you plan on making your own t-shirt yarn, you should look for that make up on the laundry label.
Don’t forget to use different scissors that you ONLY use for fabric.
If you’ve got glue and bits of tape caught in the scissors, you will end up with straggley yarn.
10. How To Translate Laundry Labels
This is possibly one of the best infographics you will ever see, containing all the info you need to know when picking yarn for projects.