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.
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.
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,