Friday, 18 March 2016

12 alternative ideas for novelty yarn

12 non knit or crochet ideas for novelty or fancy yarns.
12 alternative ideas for using novelty yarns
It happens SO often, I see a beautiful textured yarn that just seems so pretty and interesting I find I've bought it before I've really thought about what I am going to make. 
There are so many different types, eyelash, bouclĂ©, slub, nub, chenille, ribbon, ladder, loop, snarl ....
Some fancy or novelty yarns are a dream to knit or crochet with but some really not so much!
For me trying to crochet with anything too fancy is a bit of a problem, a lot of fluff and I just can't see the stitches.

So if you, like me, have forked out on these balls of gorgeous looking yarn that just sit there and make you feel bad for spending that money I've found a few rather lovely alternative ideas.


Gift wrap, ribbon alternative

I bought this lovely textured yarn quite a few years ago. I found it in a discount bin and imagined crocheting a long, thin, floaty, elegant scarf to wear on mild spring days.
I crocheted about a foot and realised that I was making something that looked like an old rag... 

However it is really pretty as a much cheaper ribbon alternative for gift wrapping.

It's easy to use left over fancy yarns and wools (or anything that turned out to be a "purchasing error") as an alternative to ribbon.
I think a pom pom is fun on a present. If you make them on your hand (I first found this method here) they are SO quick, just use a long strand for tying them in the middle and use that for wrapping the gift.
If you visit Sum of their Stories often you might recognise this fluffy fur yarn, it's left over from my chunky rib hat making adventure.

Eyelash yarn is not something I have ever really made anything successful out of. That's not to say you can't, I'm sure very skilful people make extraordinary things from it. In fact the wolves and rabbits at Yarnia were all eyelash yarn, but for me it is just too much going on.

Looks pretty with plain gift wrap though (maybe I should have ironed this paper first!)

Here are some more ideas from other sites with all sorts of ways to use fancy yarns that don't involve knitting or crochet.

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia used cardboard and a fluffy yarn to make this beautiful heart shaped wreath. So simple, so effective, and you could cut any shape card to make a wreath for any time of the year.

This gorgeous knotted wall hanging from The Gathered Home used a mix of  yarns. Apparently not a quick project but there is a great step by step tutorial to lead you through the process.


Or if you are looking for something super quick, how about a knotted scarf like this one from Something Turquoise

Here's another wall hanging idea, this one is from A Designer at Home.
It's inspired by a Moroccan Wedding Blanket and looks really easy to put together.

How about this for an activity for the kids? Yarn wrapped sticks from Mum in the Mad House.

Or maybe you know some kids who would like to make yarn wrapped fish.
Fantastic Fun and Learning show you how, and you are not limited to fish, any simple shape would work.


This garland is from enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe, she made it for a baby shower but it would be a beautiful decoration for all sorts of occasions. I'm thinking what a lovely photo backdrop it would make too.

This is an old lampshade give a complete makeover using what looks like the kind of twine you can make with fabric scraps (like I used for a bracelet once here) It is such a transformation from how it looked before, check out the tutorial by Ashley at Blog a la Cart.
I think this would work with any kind of yarn but I guess anything chunky would be much quicker.

Now I know I promised no knit or crochet but... this necklace type cowl is finger knitting - that doesn't really count does it? 
It's from Fiber Flux and there is even a fab video tutorial to help you make it.

Love love love this pom pom cushion from A Stroll Thru Life
So classy and designer looking but a simple DIY.

And finally how about this sweet little nest, made with wire and eyelash yarn, so pretty.
You can find out how to make it over at The Magic Onions
12 alternative ideas for novelty yarns
So, use up your stash including those "I need to really concentrate" yarns. What you do with the space you make is up to you of course, but if it results in another trip to a wool shop I can't be held responsible!
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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

34 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! Very helpful! Especially the last one as Easter is coming!

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  2. Thanks so much for including my pom pom pillow. I really appreciate it. You have showcased some really great ideas for yarn, I need to check a few of them out.

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    1. Ah Marty you are so very welcome, I love how your cushion/pillow turned out.

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  3. Love all these ideas, thanks for including me with such talent, have a great weekend!

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    1. My pleasure, your idea was the one that gave me the idea to see what else I could find.

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  4. Awesome round-up! Thanks for including our scarf!!

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    1. I loved you idea for it's simplicity, the idea of making something so quickly certainly has it's appeal!

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  5. lovely ideas- especially the ribbon alternative x

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    1. Thanks, it is such good value and looks pretty too.

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  6. Some great ideas. The wrapped fish would be great for my craft club.

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    1. It's a fun idea isn't it? Any shape will work so kids could either decide for themselves or it would be good if you had a theme of some sort, fish, starfish, seaweed, boat maybe. Or farm animals, zoo animals, or perhaps geometric shapes.

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  7. Hi Julie, these are such great ideas to use up these special yarns. The use for gift wrapping is so lovely. My best to you, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Pat, glad you are feeling inspired!

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  8. So many ideas and to use up all those end bits as well, thank you

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    1. Yes, of course, lots of these ideas are good for stash busting too.

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  9. Most "textured" yarns are pretty much useless to crochet with! Especially when you consider crochet as being a textured version of knitting... I've always thought of knitting as being 2-dimensional and crochet as 3-D.
    Actually, you always use the textured yarn as a "core" and crochet around it with a plain yarn. That way, the fuzzy bits won't get tangled up..?
    ;-D

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    1. That's such a good idea, I've only ever tried to crochet using the fluffy stuff and then found I can't see the stitches and haven't a hope of keeping things straight or even!

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  10. I love yarn and these are fabulous ideas! I'm pinning.
    Thank you for your sweet visit.
    Happy Easter.
    FABBY

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    1. Glad you like them, thanks for stopping by, Happy Easter to you too.

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  11. Wow, some brilliant ideas. Love the packaging .

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    1. Thanks Little Harriet, wool and yarn is my new go to ribbon!

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  12. Super cute ideas. I do have some chunky yarn to use up and I fell in love with the heart idea! #HomeMattersParty thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's lovely isn't it? And it looks really easy to make too - bonus!

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  13. These are some fun ideas for using yarn! Thanks for sharing this lovely roundup.

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    1. Thanks Linda, glad you like the selection.

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  14. Those are some fun ideas for sure! My favorites are the fish and the lampshade! So very cute! Thanks for sharing at our party! I couldn't find our logo on your craft linky page. Would you kindly link back to us? Thank you!! Hope to see you again this Thursday at 7pm EST.!

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    1. Thanks, I had added the link but had some problems with the code, I think it's sorted now, at least I can see it, hopefully you can too!

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  15. loving all these ideas! thanks so much for sharing at merry monday!

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  16. That nest is my favourite, too adorable for words.

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  17. What fabulous ideas! I have a lot of novelty yarns I don't know what to do with! xx

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  18. Great ideas, all of them! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

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  19. Thank you for gathering so many ideas. We've all got similar treasures hidden away somewhere...
    Happy crafting,
    Marjan

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