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mrsmopp Sat 10-Aug-19 19:11:29

I can’t find a forum on crafts so hope someone can give me some ideas.
I’m a keen knitter and have amassed a carrier bag full of leftover scraps of wool, every color you can think of and varying thicknesses. Some scraps are just a few yards long. It would be great to put them to good use. Happy to make something I could pass to a charity.
Any ideas?

Greenfinch Sat 10-Aug-19 19:16:49

Blanket squares are always needed.6"squares are best.

Auntieflo Sat 10-Aug-19 19:20:33

Some charities like simple knitted stripey baby vests, the brighter the colours the better!

wildswan16 Sat 10-Aug-19 19:31:14

Twiddle muffs are a good way to use up bits and pieces. Obviously they need to be very well put together for safety. If you google "twiddle muffs" you will get other suggestions.

NanaandGrampy Sat 10-Aug-19 19:34:02

What about something like this ?


NanaandGrampy Sat 10-Aug-19 19:34:28

I’ll try again lol

Grannyknot Sat 10-Aug-19 19:50:54

MrsMopp this is my stashbuster project. Bo sewing up as each square is picked up from previous ones.

Be warned - it's addictive!

Look for Memory Square Blanket on Ravelry.

Grannyknot Sat 10-Aug-19 19:51:37

Gr ... that should be No sewing up.

mrsmopp Sun 11-Aug-19 15:45:15

Great idea grannyknot, will give it a go. Also like the the twiddle muffs too. Thanks for the ideas

Liz46 Sun 11-Aug-19 16:05:05

I make cannula sleeves for dementia patients. The idea is to cover the cannula so they are less likely to pull it out but also give them safe 'twiddles'. Nurses are very grateful to receive them as is saves having to insert a new cannula and also saves the NHS money. There are strict safety rules. If anyone is interested pm me and I will point you in the right direction. The group is 'Handmade for Dementia' and the sleeves are copyrighted. They are made in brightly coloured stripes so are good for using up leftover yarn.

jusnoneed Sun 11-Aug-19 18:12:02

Our local hospital is always grateful to receive hats for premature babies, useful if you have half balls of yarn left over.

marshmarigold132 Sun 11-Aug-19 18:36:23

Why not make a scrappy scarf? Just cast on around 250 stitches, easier with a round needle but don’t join just go backwards and forwards. Leave length of wool either end and that becomes your fringe/tassel. Can do as many colours as you want, uses up odd wool and most charities are pleased to get scarves.

Witzend Mon 12-Aug-19 10:48:30

I've made several twiddle muffs for patients with dementia at our local hospital. You can use any odds and ends for a cheerful, multicoloured end product. Odd bits are also good for making twiddly tassels, etc. To be stitched on very firmly, of course, like all the twiddly bits.

Nonnie Mon 12-Aug-19 10:55:49

Before making anything for prem babies call the hospital and ask what they need. I did and found they were inundated with hats but needed blankets.

I think I read somewhere about police forces wanting teddies for distressed children.

Nonnie Mon 12-Aug-19 10:56:18

Do you have a local yarn bombing group? It would be fun to join them

Mossfarr Mon 12-Aug-19 11:07:17

I knitted a shoulder blanket for my Aunt. She used a blanket over her knees but complained that her shoulders used to get cold.
(I didn't have a pattern but just knitted it like a 'V' pillow).

It was a huge hit amongst the residents in the care home, I ended up with a list of orders!

Teacheranne Mon 12-Aug-19 11:31:05

I make 6 inch squares for a brilliant charity - Hug in a Blanket. They see together the squares to make blankets for seriously ill or disabled children and young adults. Have a look on Facebook.