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Using up old yarn - can anyone beat this?

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Witzend Wed 25-Apr-18 10:09:35

Among the toys of dds' we kept for future grandchildren, were a couple of baby dolls - their clothes have long been missing.
Gdd is just 3 and very into her 'babies' so when she visits those dolls are straight out of the toy box.
I recently unearthed some pastel shaded yarn I seem to recall having bought to make a cardi for dd2 at 7 or 8 - she's now 38!!! Don't know why the cardi never got made - probably pattern too fiddly - but have now used some to make a dress and knickers for one of the dolls - there's plenty left over for a hat and socks and probably a blanket, too.

Can anyone beat that for using up an ancient stash?

Lilypops Fri 27-Apr-18 07:47:58

I still have two Tiny Tears dolls from when my daughters were small, 40 years ago , I knitted lots of outfits for them , My granddaughters play with them when they come to visit and I still knit clothes for the dolls from my stash when the telly is boring, I could never part with Tiny Tears, such happy memories of my daughters playing with them ,

Witzend Fri 27-Apr-18 09:47:57

Using up fabric - I recently used a bit of leftover curtain material (stuffed in a drawer for 10 years) to make one of those tube things you hang on a hook for storing plastic bags, for a dd. So easy, and it freed up some of her very limited kitchen drawer space.

Happysexagenarian Fri 27-Apr-18 14:35:43

I'm a lifelong sewer and crafter and have a HUGE stash of fabrics, threads, wools and other materials, many of them inherited from my mother and grandmother. I have just made a silk covered Journal for my GD's birthday, the silk was bought by my grandmother on her honeymoon in 1910. A nice link with a past generation. I regularly sew with threads made before 1900 and they are as good as the day they were made. I also sew with my grandmother's black & gold Singer machine given to her by her mother when she married. It's only a straight stitch machine, but it still works like new and is great for heavy materials. I do also have a modern machine.

My mother was a superb knitter. I am not - too slow for me. But I have many knitting patterns, mostly from the 1940s and 50s, but some earlier, together with some beautiful wools in 2ply and single ply. I love the styles from the 40s but sadly I am no longer the right shape for short, snug fitting cardigans and jumpers. It's interesting how standard sizing on patterns has changed over the years, or perhaps people have just got bigger!

I still have some of my childhood dolls, and last year I reclothed them (and rewigged a few) thinking that my younger GDs might enjoy them when they visit. As we had three sons I never got to make dolls clothes for my children. Sadly DGDs are not interested! My dolls don't do anything, they don't talk or transform into something else. So now they just sit in a cabinet where I can admire them. I found lots of vintage patterns available on the internet, but also had to make a few myself for the smaller dolls.

HillyN Fri 27-Apr-18 16:53:17

When I was expecting DD1, now 36, I bought a kit to sew Noah's Ark and lots of different animals to go in it. I cut it all out, sewed round a few animals then lost interest. When DD2 was on the way I sewed a few more and gave up.
I found it again when my first grandson was born and got as far as sewing the ark to the backing fabric. I still had all the animals tails to sew up, I did a few when my GD was little but it was so fiddley I gave up.
A year ago GS2 was born and a few months ago I found it again. I have finished ALL the animals (including their tails), stuffed them all and finished the top and bottom of the fabric so it will hang up. I just need to neaten the side edges........

HillyN Fri 27-Apr-18 16:55:05

Sorry pedants, animals'.

Jalima1108 Fri 27-Apr-18 20:22:21

Well done Hilly! keep going
who's going to be the lucky recipient?

justwokeup Fri 27-Apr-18 21:35:24

I had a tiny doll (the sort with elastic bands to hold the arms and legs on) given as a present when I was born. She was dressed in a knitted one piece suit in one/two ply wool, with similar knitted underwear in white. She was given to a cousin when she was born, back to my DC when they were born, then back again to her DC. Not sure where she is now - hope she's still going strong because we all loved her.

newnanny Sun 29-Apr-18 15:13:40

We still have Bonny. She was my dd doll but she never played with her but my ds loved her. He does not know it but she sits in the top of my wardrobe in case he has any dc in the future.

aspeasL13 Tue 08-May-18 21:50:53

When my son married two years ago his brides bouquet was made by me using fabric left over from his christening robe that I made 22 years previously , it made it even more special

Witzend Tue 15-May-18 13:30:34

Amazing to be able to make a fabric bouquet, aspeas - that's another thing I'd never be able to do, at least not one that any bride would want to be seen with!

I did do the table - except top table - flowers for dd's informal wedding, though - there were a lot of tables so cost was a factor. I'm not at all artistic but copied a picture I'd seen somewhere. Jam jars! But carefully covered with heavy hessian from John Lewis, and filled very simply with greenery, gypsophilia, and a white rose. Tied ribbon and a plain label around each with table number. Though I say it myself they did turn out very well.

Nannykay Tue 15-May-18 13:40:02

Nothing in my stash is that old !, but I do have a lot of odds and ends, can’t throw anything away. I am just finished a granny square blanket for my niece’s little girl, it’s just nice size for a single bed, then with the really little odd bits left, I have made a matching one for her baby dolls crib. She was thrilled with it, and it didn’t cost a penny.

Jalima1108 Tue 15-May-18 20:03:21

Although I have used some of my very old stash and resolved not to buy any more yarn - I jut couldn't help it when I saw some in the sale.

I saw this on local tv about a knitted garden displayed at the Malvern Spring Festival, which a widow started in memory of her husband. People have donated knitted hearts from all over the world: