Its not knitting!

I had a lazy day in my garden retreat yesterday, playing with fabric.  What this really means is I’ve got so much fabric in my stash chest that I can’t get the lid shut, and I was fed up with tripping over it all.  So I decamped to the shed with an armful.

The sounds of frantic ripping could soon be heard in the garden

I decided to try making some yarn out of fabric.  I’ve experimented with knitting fabric yarn before, with not much success.  But I found that if I crochet with it, it makes a lovely neat material. 

I can’t really crochet, only the basic stitches, but I’ve decided to have a go at making a fabric bowl (nothing like over ambition).  It’s going pretty well and the best thing is that with a giant crochet hook and 1cm wide yarn it is REALLY QUICK. 

I’ve also used about half a duvet cover so far so I now have a bit of space in the stash (read I can get the lid of the chest closed if I put the sewing machine on top!)

Check out what other lovely crafters have been up to at Handmade Monday.


About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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18 Responses to Its not knitting!

  1. A very unusual idea for a bowl but it looks really effective.

  2. Jill says:

    It looks great – a lovely blend of colours too.


  3. Caroline says:

    A ripping time and looks like fun, love the texture the crochet gave the fabric

  4. Susie says:

    Very pretty colors. I like!

  5. Great way to use up fabric, Its a fantastic result! love it 🙂

  6. Oh my I love this! so effective and great use of left over fabric!

  7. Wendy says:

    Wow, I love that idea. Now all I need to do is learn how to crochet (I have the fabric stash!)

  8. Mrs A. says:

    Love the idea and the colours are super. Got the material, got the crochet hook just need more time for all the things i want/need to do. Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Pickle-Lily says:

    Wow this is fantastic! Now I still need to learn to crochet!
    Jo x

  10. Liz Burton says:

    It looks fabulous!

    While I can barely knit – the rudiments only – I certainly can’t crochet! I’m in awe.

  11. mummiafelice says:

    Oh my God! This is amazing! WOW!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Thursday!!!

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