In the world of knitting, crocheting, and weaving, the Malabrigo yarn is certainly one of the most popular choices because of its quality. But after all of the knitting, and the crocheting, and the weaving, there are those small yardages of leftover yarn that has been buried in your stash, therefore it is difficult to throw them away because you would not want to just let them waste away. (Image Credit: StockSnap/Pixabay)
So, when you are in the process of organizing and de-stashing, sometimes it becomes easy to just get rid of those little 3 to 4-yard lengths. But, the truth is, you can actually use them for a little more than you can ever realize.
Below are some of the many possible uses for those small amounts of yarn:
- You can use it for seaming
Seaming is the sewing together with a piece of cloth or the like.
Your seaming yarn is not required to match the color that is totally identical to the project. So, if you have a smooth yarn, provided that it is just around the same weight of the project, then you can probably use your leftover yarn for seaming. This will come in very handy if you think that you might be running out of yarn for the project.
- You can use it for edging
There are times when there are a row or two of contrasting color which can add that little something extra that your project might need. Taking into consideration the size of the project, a yard or two of your extra yarn can contribute to an added visual impact.
- You can create an amigurumi
An amigurumi is a Japanese art of knitting and crocheting small and stuffed yarn creatures. The word amigurumi is a hybrid of the Japanese words ‘ami’, which means knitting, and nuigurumi, which means stuffed doll.
The amigurumi usually have such small parts, whether it’s the eyes, or the nose, or the pair of ears. You can use your leftover yarns to create and add those little pieces. You can actually save you money, ultimately, because you will no longer need to buy an entire ball of yarn just to make that small feature.
- You can use it for stuffing
If you do not have enough stuffing for your amigurumi, you can use the leftover yarn to add small bits of scrap yarn to the mix. This will help in filling up your amigurumi and helping you finish your amigurumi.
- You can create pom poms
If you have a bunch of small leftovers, you can use this amount of yarn to create a tiny pom pom. Even the small embellishments can give a good effect to the pom pom.
- You can use it for repairs.
If your socks or your go-to hand-knit sweater got a hole in it, then you can use your leftover yarn to mend and repair your well-worn knits.
- Make lifelines
The lifelines are useful with anything from lacework to stylish sweaters. So, if you are unhappy with how the sleeve fits or looks if you placed a lifeline, then you can just rip it out and then start over again without having to drop any stitches.
- You can use it for embroidery
The little bits of colors can also be useful in projects like the embroidered fingerless glove, or even with just a yard of yarn which can create a pretty and simple design.
- You can use it as stitch holders
It can become complicated when you are using rigid stitch holders on in-the-round projects like sleeves. With this, you can replace those inflexible stitch holders with those of your leftover yarns so that you can avoid stretching out your stitches or having to get your project caught on the stitch holders.
- You can create flowers
Projects like the simple flower knit pattern will more or less require 10 yards of yarn. So, if you are working on one, you can actually combine colors from your leftover yarns to make a multi-color or ombre flower.
- Make a freeform knitting
With freeform knitting, you will not need to follow any rules, so it is a great window for you to experiment on stitches, on shaping and color. You can use those small yarns in whatever way you might like. So you can rely on creativity to take the lead.
There are a lot of possible uses with your leftover yarns where each of which can be used as a solution to saving some of the yarns, and not just throw them away. You can follow the items given above, or you can tap in with your creativity and try to look for ways to avoid wasting those little yarn pieces. The Malabrigo yarn also come in with different colors and specialization.
Majority of the malabrigo yarns are made 100% of Uruguayan merino wool, which makes it one of the top wool suppliers all over the world and this is because of the yarn’s high quality.
The wool used is 100% produced by the Uruguayan farms that will allow their free-range sleep sheep through the hills and these are being herded by actual old-schools shepherds.
With this, you will now be more convinced to not just throw away your leftover yarns, but instead, try to look for ways wherein you can still make use of the yarns. Who knows, you might even become one of the breakthrough enthusiasts who has found a sustainable source of yarn, not only from directly buying these from the store, but also though the little by little compilation of the yarns are being cut out from your knitting, crocheting or weaving project.
You may even want to sponsor for a class demonstrating the women on how to do the basics of yarn knitting, or crocheting or weaving project. Along with the many alternatives and how to do with the remaining yarns after you are complete with the main project. It will be your accomplishment that you are ultimately able to contribute to the reduction of waste.