Scrap Rugs

It seems quite fitting that this weeks blog post should be similar to my very first blog post last year, all about scrap wool.   I have had a lot more scraps this year, probably as I have completed far more projects in this last year than I have before.   I also managed to organise them a bit better too.  Since learning how to join wool strands with a strong knot, I have been able to ball up my scraps into several large balls which makes working with them much easier.

This year, rather than simply working several multi coloured granny squares into a blanket with my scraps, I wanted to make some thick and comfy rugs for the kids play areas.   They have a large area under our stairs which stores most of the kids toys, but they have never played there due to

the carpets being rough and uncomfortable.  Therefore, it seemed like a great idea to put all my scraps, whatever their weight together with a chunky hook and make a really thick rug.

scrap rugs
scrap rugs

I ended up working with anything up to 12 strands of wool at any one time, although this varied greatly depending on the weight of the wool.   For thinner wools like 4ply, it worked better to make balls of several strands together to bring them up to a similar thickness to aran/worsted weight.   Then I simply held the strands together and worked HDC in the back loops using a 12mm hook.    I then continued to work in this way until they reached a big enough size to cover the carpets.   When a ball ended, I simply attached another ball using the knot join and as they were all picked at random, the colour changes within the rugs are really random, which I really like.

I’m not quite sure how much wool I have used in the end, I went through all of my scraps as well as some balls which were odd or I had no plans for.    However, despite the amount of wool used, I am really pleased with how they have come out.   They are really thick and squishy and are so soft to sit and play on.   Using the HDC in back loops has given them a bit of texture and the random colour changes really brighten up their play spaces.   The kids love them too and have been watching their progress, desperately waiting for them to be finished.

scrap rugs
scrap rugs

In total I have made 3 scrap rugs, 1 for the under stairs play area and 1 for underneath each of their beds (they are both cabin style beds with a play space underneath.)  Since they are so thick they work up quickly and definitely kept me warm the bigger they got!   In fact, I love these so much I will probably save up my scraps again this year and make some more for other areas of the house.

Now you have seen how I have used my scraps this year, what have you done with your scraps?   Please feel free to share your projects on my social media channels.

See you next time,

Vicky x

 

Scrap Wool Granny Blanket

It’s finally finished!   This week I finished putting together the granny squares blanket made of scrap wool.    I’ve been\s in most evenings.    I am very pleased with the final product.   It measures 160cm x 160cm (the biggest project I have ever worked on) and should cover a double bed although it’s actually going to be for the new sofa arriving tomorrow.

It consists of 196 granny squares – some in plain colour and other that are mixed in colour.    I joined them together in black using the flat braid join and then just did a few rows of black and white to make the boarder.    I love how the black boarders give it a stained glass effect.

I still need to block it – since it is made of scraps not all squares are the exact same size and so makes it a little uneven but hoping blocking will help with that (although I haven’t blocked anything yet!)    I am definitely looking forward to seeing this on the new sofa tomorrow!

Scrap Wool Granny Blanket

Now this is finished in am working on extending my daughters baby blanket for her second birthday.    I look forward to sharing it with you when it is done.    There will probably be lots of mini projects in between especially as we sort out the kids bedroom now they are both older and sleeping in big beds!

Thanks for reading today’s and I hope you like my blanket as much as I do!    See you next week!

Vicky x

Using Scrap Wool

A couple of days after Christmas and before the new year the house had a big sort out and clean, including my big stash of Wool which sits in boxes in the gap between the sofa and wall next to the fireplace. It was only just over 2 years ago I started to crochet but it’s amazing in that amount of time how many scraps and small balls I have in the collection! I spent around half a day winding all the scraps into balls and put them into what became a large bag! My boxes are now soley used for the whole skiens for projects later on this year.

Bag full of scrap wool

Having seen the size of this bag I decided that I needed a project for them. In a couple of months my parents are giving us their old leather sofas and our much stained (thanks to the children) one is going. One of the concerns hubby has is leather will be cold so I thought I’d make some blankets for them and using the scraps seemed like the best idea!

So the start of the new year has seen me making various different coloured granny squares which will eventually turn in to 2 double bed sized blankets to go on our sofas in March. Granny squares were one of the first things I made when I learnt to crochet and the first solely crochet project I made was a blanket for when my niece was born. I actually ended up remaking a couple of months later as it fell apart but I have learnt so much since then that I feel confident these blankets should last for a long time!

Layla’s remade granny square blanket

So for now my evenings are filled with granny squares. I have chosen the most basic design as the colours will be so varied I thought that would be enough variety without different patterns too. Hopefully in a month or so I shall be able to show you my finished blankets and they will work as I see them in my head!

The growing pile of granny squares

Thanks for reading today’s post, I hope you are looking forward to reading more!

Vicky x