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What can I make with a scratchy yarn???


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#1 sakurasaku

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:45 PM

I have 6 skeins (~150g per skein?) of really coarse, rough, scratchy 100% wool yarn. It's bulky and the color is variegated gray and white, but mostly gray. I inherited it from a friend's mother...

I tried knitting a swatch (didn't try crocheting...yet), but it is just way too stiff and scratchy for a sweather or any wearables. If you have any good ideas on what I can do with it, I would really appreciate it!

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:50 PM

well, the first thing that comes to mind is a car seat covers;) ... but that's a good question. If it's not a wearable then you move onto afghans or decorative 'things'... HEY, what about those mukuluk boots and sew a vinyl sole onto the bottom... I dunno:think... just found your question interesting... I'll keep following the thread and see if someone else comes up with something!

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:54 PM

Dog or Cat or Horse afghan comes to my mind. Sorry I don't care for wool yarn.
You could try selling it on ebay maybe??

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:56 PM

Whoops by the way
Welcome to Crochetville if I missed welcomeing you before.. sorry about that....

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#5 threeolivemartini

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:12 PM

how about a felted rug

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:14 PM

purse or a bag of some sort?:think

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:30 PM

How about a doormat? Scratchy is perfect for wiping feet on, if it won't give you a heart attack to have your hard work stepped on and muddied every day...

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 01:28 AM

How about a felted purse, or a nice, large felted tote.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 02:16 AM

If it is so scratchy, it will not be pleasant to work with so my suggestion is to pass it on to someone who weaves.
Or give it to the cat to play with.
It is not worth wearing the skin off your hands with a rough yarn and it is even worse when it is thick.
Sometimes it pays to cut your losses and not try to use every yarn you have.
Sorry.
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 07:11 AM

Definitely a bag! You could do a rug too.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 03:15 PM

I have a bunch of yarn like that. I am making a rug. I like the welcome mat idea. It would be interesting to see how the yarn felts - that would open up more possibilities. How about a wall hanging if it's interesting yarn?

#12 sakurasaku

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 07:06 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their suggestions! I went home and checked the brand; it's Mary Maxim's Northland yarn with a very dated picture on the label.

I will definitely try either a bag or a rug, although if I find it very unpleasant to work with, I'll follow Aggie May's advice!

You are such a super bunch of crocheters.

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 11:26 PM

how about some coasters?

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 05:08 AM

First thing that sprung to mind was dishcloths. The scratchy texture would help clean off all the gunk without being too abrasive. But with the amount of yarn you have, well, that's a lot of dishcloths :lol