is Earth Day, a day when almost 200 countries worldwide demonstrate their
support for environmental protection. With Earth Day coming a week the U.S. tax
deadline, I have been researching ways to save money on yarn, including methods
of recycling yarn. I asked members of the Crochet
Me Facebook page for their suggestions for saving money and recycling yarn.
Here are some of their best suggestions.
toss the leftover few yards of yarn when you finish a project. These bits work
great for embellishments and striped projects. Kas saves all of the left over
ends of her skeins, then joins them using a Russian join to create her own variegated
you are looking for yarn on a budget, several crocheters suggested checking out
your local thrift shop. Keep your eye out for miscellaneous bags of yarn. You can't
beat the price. This yarn might not still have its original ball bands, so
research ways to determine a yarn's fiber content. Sue also finds yarn at
estate sales and auctions.
suggests using PDF crochet patterns to save on paper and printing. You can read
PDF patterns on many phones, laptops, and tablets and many magazines, including
Interweave Crochet, are available as
Leona makes her own "yarn" by cutting old tee shirts into strips. She uses this
yarn to create crocheted rugs.
Check out crochet and knit pattern books from your local library.
great suggestion from several Crochet Me members
was to use raveled yarn. Buy finished sweaters from the local thrift store,
then ravel them and use the yarn for your own project. You can also ravel works
in progress that you are no longer excited about.
love Dawn's comment. She said,"Crochet
and knit in public tends to lead to people just giving me yarn." I may have to
try this approach, but you will also find that family members or friends may
have stashes of yarn that they will not use and would be happy to donate to
your next project.
8. A great idea from is to set up a
yarn swap with some of your fellow crocheters and knitters. It's a great way to
clean out your stash at the same time as finding the perfect yarn for your next
P.S. What ideas would you add to