Using up every scrap of yarn after I finish a project is a goal of mine. You've seen what I do with the smallish felt-able bits here and the itty bitty bits here, but what do I do with the 1/2 a skein plus bits? Well, it depends on the yarn, what I need (or think I need) and what might make a fun gift. This time around I decided I needed a small bag to carry a sock knitting project with me wherever I go. Knitting projects tend to get all tangled up in my purse so I thought a separate bag would solve that little problem. Using the leftovers from my Missing Piece Hobo Bag (yes, it's done and a post will follow as soon as I get pics!) I knitted up this bag from the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. Here it is:
It measures about 8 inches high and 6 inches in diameter. My modifications were to only do 1 inch before the drawstring holes instead of 3 (since I wanted more bag than collar) and to make the bottom rounded like a hat so it would "sit" nicely next to me. The original pattern called for a three needle bind off across the bottom making it a flat style bag. I did decreases just like you'd do for a hat, but with less rows between the decreases and I love the spiral it creates.
The drawstring is a delicate 2 stitch I-cord with wrapped tassels - so fun!
The bag is very roomy with space for a full sock skein, pattern, needles and extras. The only problem I have with it is that needles poke through the sides thus I will probably be lining this bag with fabric once my sewing machine comes back from the repair shop. It will lose it's soft drapey quality, but will be more functional.
I still have some yarn leftover from making this bag too so stayed tuned for what I did with those little cotton/linen yarn bits. Anyway, that's my project that was just for "kicks and giggles" this week.
What do you do for kicks and giggles?