ScrapHappy December 2020

Thank goodness for ScrapHappy – without it I might never post!

As we continue with our enforced time at home, I realise how many items with potential to use in ScrapHappy projects there are about the place. Currently, in our living room, there is a big heap of yarn left over from past projects and I am trying to make use of at least some of it. The easiest and quickest thing to make is granny squares, so this past month I dug out all the double knitting (ish) wool that really is wool, or at least mostly wool. I seemed to have quite a lot of earthy tones and they came together quite quickly in a rather nice lap blanket. As a bonus, I was able to incorporate a few squares left over from the woolly dog bed I made a while ago. It didn’t reduce the heap as much as I had hoped, but every little helps.

And mention of the dog bed reminds me that I decided it finally needed a new cushion as the old one was not very nice and the stuffing was squashed almost flat. I dug through my fabric scraps and found an old roll end of some furnishing fabric. I knew I’d had it a long time, but I was a bit shocked to discover that it was actually marked with a date… 1985! About time I got round to using this particular scrap:

A cosy cushion for dogs

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, PaulineSue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. Golly, I think you probably beat most of us hands down for the vintage scrappery. I’m pretty sure that my oldest scrap is probably around 1998, a piece of nice slubby upholstery fabric in blue and turquoise and white varied stripes. It’s too thick for quilting, which is probably why I still have it, and too small to make anything obvious, like a curtain or cushion. Something will come to me. Nice lap blanket, by the way!

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  2. love the lap blanket – maybe you need another 2 – I love have odd numbers of things…

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  3. A luxurious looking cushion for dogs – I’m sure they deserve it.

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  4. I know what you mean about the potential scraphappy materials…That’s a pretty blanket!

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  5. A perfect use for your scraps – I too am trying to reduce the amount of yarn I have – but each project demands a bit more of certain colours and so it goes on!

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  6. I love both things. I’m sure scrap fabric and yarn breed quietly in the drawers – however much I use the pile never seems to go down!

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  7. pretty blanket and I’m sure it will make someone happy and warm. I am almost finished a similar project with squares woven on a pin loom using the wool I have been spinning and dyeing all this crazy year.

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    • It has been a crazy year, hasn’t it? I shan’t be sorry to see the back of it even though I know an arbitrary change of year number really makes no difference. Still, I have managed quite a lot of creativity, so at least I’ve got something to show for it.

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  8. Susan Nixon

     /  December 15, 2020

    I agree the Scrap Happy posts help keep me on track, too! I sneaked a peek below and how wonderful you are enjoying sourdough bread at your house!

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  9. Looks so cozy!

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  10. Yarn piles never go down as quickly as we think they should, but you still got a lovely blanket out of it so that’s okay!

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