Scrap sunday – The challenge

One of my new years resolutions was to stop buying yarn without any reason and to try using up my stash instead and so far I have done fairly well. I did buy a few balls here and there but they were for specific projects and and are more or less used up. Unfortunately, I did not apply this to fabric buying and so I ended up with quite a bit a lot of fabric. If I really like a fabric, I tend to buy more than required, just in case…. and as I don’t even throw away the smallest bits, I ended up with boxes full of fabric.

Anyway, I have decided to step up a gear and to set myself a challenge, well actually a double challenge:

I will use my friday sewing class to not only use up some of those little bits and pieces but also to think of new ideas (I mean new to me not to the world, “thinking” includes stealing “finding online”) of how to use up all that scrap fabric and yarn.

To put a little bit of pressure on myself, I am now introducing Scrap Sunday where I will post about it. We will see how long this challenge lasts and how easily I will remember to write a post to a certain deadline. I do work better with deadlines, but the joy of motherhood did make me a tiny bit forgetful….

But back to the actual topic…

what was that again? Oh yes, Scrap Sunday.

So I will post every Sunday. Something about Scrap. Might be the recent project (I made in my Friday Sewing class). Might be something knitted. Might be just a link to a brilliant tip I found online.

So this friday, I took tiny pieces of the fabric that I had left from this skirt to make a little birthday gift for a friend who’s birthday was in June (I said, I am good with deadlines)…. and I failed spectacularly (too busy chatting discussing design ideas if you really need to know)

So let’s talk about that next Sunday and let’s get that series started with … tadaa

The knitted bow

It is probably a well deserved beginner for this series as I have really done many of these. You can use them to decorate children clothes or put them on a hairpin, Alice band or crochet chain and they look super cute. This is also why I encourage people in my knitting classes to knit one of these as their first project. They give you a quick sense of achievement 🙂

I mainly use DK yarn and cast on 20 stitches for my “standard” size. I knit in garter stitch (occasionally moss stitch) for about 20 to 24 rows, cast off, weave in the ends, wrap some yarn tightly around the middle and voilà.





just a little something

just a little something

just a little something

Last Wednesday was the last day of the summer term in nursery and therefore my first last day as a mum and I had no idea how to thank the teachers.

Chocolate? The key worker has allergies and can’t have chocolate, a few of the others were fasting.

Flowers? It had over 30C so they would have been withered before even getting there.

So, I needed to knit something…  just a little something as I didn’t want to overdo it.

The pressure was on, just a few days to go and all of a sudden I had plenty of ideas. So I made


a bookmark

a book mark for the teacher who is in charge of the library. She was really touched as it was so “thoughtful”. I found it a bit too bulky to be actually useful to be honest and would have already better ideas… I guess for next year.

a phone case

a phone case

a phone case for the one who is really strict about the no-phones-in-the-classroom-rule. She was really pleased as apparently she keeps dropping her own phone.


hairband with little arrows

a hairband for the key worker who has just really nice long hair and has often some kind of elaborate hair styling. And she was actually wearing a dress in a matching colour on that last day. And maybe I can make a matching scarf next year as it will be the final one for my daughter.

a small bag with i-cord and buttons

a small bag with i-cord and buttons

and a small bag for the head teacher as she doing her rounds with a small shoulder bag and I had already thought in the past that I should knit one for her. It is about the same size as her usual one, so it should really suit her needs.

In fact, I am really pleased how all these little somethings turned out. They are the perfect size for these kind of occasions and can be really personalized.

In fact I made a few other hairbands, both for girls and women.

I will definitely continue to experiment with hairbands, so far I did a few narrow cotton ones with a bit of lace to make them more interesting, a very simple red one with a knot and a similar but more girly one with a proper bow (I will try a flower version too), a few wide cotton ones with lace and a woolen one that should cover the ears as well. I guess that one could actually be even wider.

The other thing that keeps me busy knitwise these days is the fact that I will be giving knitting lessons for beginners starting from September. I am currently preparing samples and hand-outs. My students will be people who use the services of the Children Centers in the Borough, so I guess mainly mothers of young children like me.

Hairbands and little bags for their children will actually be the perfect projects for them. But I am still thinking of something a bit more suitable for little boys…. they all like bags but it would be nice to have something more boyish too. So any ideas of very simple and quick knits for little  boys are welcome.