Yarn and Fabric Stash Shrinking

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I am still using goodies I have at home to make useful (and not so useful but fun) things whilst in lockdown.

I was making a knitted mermaid for a little girl in my extended family but it beat me! The original tail and the reknit of the tail were a disaster. I now have something resembling the beginnings of a 1960’s toilet roll cover (think of a dolly with a skirt, this could be the ‘dolly’ as you don’t need to see legs or tail!).

With the little girl’s birthday now looming, emergency hooking took place. I knocked up a retro crochet cushion in 2 days. Then I made a round fabric cushion pad, crocheted some flowers, appliqued the first letter of her name on a bag and ‘hey presto’ – a pretty gift without leaving the house. Though now I do have to leave the house to go and post it!

The front in more detail
And here’s the back

This week I’ve also made several face masks. Mine are the pretty ones, the men in my house requested ‘plain’. Should we all be called to wear them whilst out in public we are prepared.

My last blog post mentioned a baby hoodie on the knitting needles. I am three quarters the way along. I shall return to that tonight once I’ve had a break.

So I’ll be off for now. Things to do. More stash to attack after a P O trip and a sit in the sunshine. Byee!

16 thoughts on “Yarn and Fabric Stash Shrinking

    tierneycreates said:
    May 7, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Retro crochet cushion is awesome! I love both the front and back and great colors! I think with the crochet flowers and the bag you made that will be a wonderful gift for the little girl!

      tinaor responded:
      May 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you tierneycreates. . Leftover yarn from a funky rainbow blanket made in 2019 !

    shazza said:
    May 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Your face masks are so smart. Don’t think I would mind wearing one of those to much. Love the cushion! X

      tinaor responded:
      May 10, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you shazza.

    quiteayarnblog said:
    May 8, 2020 at 7:26 am

    The cushion and bag are both super cute! Very nice 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      May 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks quiteayarnblog. I never know exactly what to give as gifts when you don’t see family very often – hope she likes them too!

        quiteayarnblog said:
        May 11, 2020 at 5:30 am

        She will – very cool!

    IdleEmma said:
    May 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Your face masks are lovely! I made some with cat print patterns – if you’re going to wear a face mask, might as well enjoy how it looks!

      tinaor responded:
      May 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      So true. I couldn’t persuade my husband and son to go for a patterned one though – they requested ‘plain’ and as ‘dark as possible’ !

        IdleEmma said:
        May 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm

        I gave my dad no choice but cat pattern print 😀

    ReginaMary said:
    May 8, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I love everything you made. The pillow was a brilliant idea for a little girl. So clever. I had to make a trip to the PO earlier in the week and it was awful, only because the other patrons were not respectful of the employees by not wearing face masks. I could not wait to get home.

      tinaor responded:
      May 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      ReginaMary, sorry to hear that. Local to me the Post Office is one place I have seen people being deliberately socially distant – though in food shops there have been people not obeying the rules – so frustrating!

        ReginaMary said:
        May 11, 2020 at 9:58 pm

        It is frustrating, Tina. I don’t understand it, really.

    Olivia said:
    May 19, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I have a large stash of baby yarn. Let’s say I went a bit wild when the first grandchild was announced. The 4th baby is now on the way from my own extensive brood of children (9) and it’s another boy. Only one girl in the lot and she had knitted garments for years to come. I’m down to making baby blankets but as my son lives far away and I’m not sure of the laundry situation I’m using acrylic and had to buy it. I keep hoping someone will have a girl and I’ve gotten to knitting for friends of my kids who are expecting them. Lol.

      tinaor responded:
      May 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      I had five nieces before I had my own son. When he was coming along I noticed my stash was rather girly! My pattern stash is quite girly too – though there is definitely a lot more out there to knit for girls. Luckily something like a hoodie can be made for either sex and to tell the truth at a very young age does it matter is buttonbands do up one way or another? Blankets are a great gift all round, that’s usually my ‘go to’ project if I am not sure how a home knitted gift will be received – I love to knit but some just don’t put their babies and toddlers in home crafted knits – and it’s not always about the laundry situation, it’s just ‘fashion’. !

        Olivia said:
        May 19, 2020 at 3:54 pm

        It’s very true my grandson that lives near me is three now and they aren’t going to put him in any more hand knitted items. It’s just not practical. I had my phone it’s OK, LOL

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