I’m kind of piggy-backing on yesterday’s post about my kind-of-lucrative hobby, but I must share a recent knitting mini-project I did one night this week.
I had discovered a tutorial on how to make yarn out of unwanted tee shirts. I have drawers full of tee shirts from various races, volunteer events, and… of course… impulse purchases. A year or so ago, I started making some into a quilt (which is now sitting half-finished in a box somewhere) but I had many left over. The tutorial was so easy to follow that I was able to knit washcloths and other small square items with the “yarn”.
I hadn’t thought to do this in a long while, until earlier this week my fiance handed me a XXL plain army-green tee shirt that he had gotten for free but didn’t want. The thing was so large I could’ve made it into a pillow, but I realized, “Hey, this could make a ton of tee shirt yarn!”
And so it begun: I made a thing. Not just any “thing” – a pot-holder!
- US size 9 straight needles
- Tee shirt yarn
- Finishing needle, for weaving in ends
Knitting Skills Needed…
- Cast on
- Cast off
- Moss/seed stitch
- Cast on 15 st using your favorite method (I use long-tail)
- (k1 p1) rep to end
- (p1 k1) rep to end (this is two rows of seed stitch)
- k1, p1, k to last 2 stitches, p1, k1
- p1, k1, p to last 2 stitches, k1, p1
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until it reaches a square length, ending in step 5
- Repeat steps 2 and 3
- Bind off, but do not break or cut the yarn
- Using tail, make a loop if you want to be able to hang your pot holder on a hook or something. I made my loop thicker by pulling the yarn in on itself a few times, making a chain-like strand.
- Tie the end of the loop at the last bound-off stitch. Break yarn.
- Weave in ends.
It’s very thick so I’m totally comfortable using this for holding hot pots and as a trivet. It took less than 20 minutes to make! Wham! Bam!
As far as my budget goes, this week has been easy. Having just gotten back from the holiday break, I have so much going on in the office that by the time I get home, I just cook, eat, exercise, shower, and go to bed – no time for fluff! But, this will change.
On Thursday night I am going to a trivia thing at a bar with coworkers. I’ll probably just get a pint of Guinness draft (usually cheap, and very filling so I will only need one) and something like soup or an appetizer for my meal. Goal: spend less than $20.
On Friday night I’m hosting a ladies night at my house, watching movies and drinking and eating. Luckily most folks will be bringing snacks and drinks, but I have to provide dinner. I have to make a decision: use what’s in my apartment, or buy stuff to make something else with. I have some frozen tortellini which are really yummy, and plenty of pasta sauce. But, most of the previous hosts made stuff from scratch, so I will kind of feel like a schmuck. I really want to make a quiche, but I’m low on eggs and have no cheese, so I’ll have to spend money on that stuff.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Weekly Allowance: $60.00
Weekly Allowance Remaining: $60.00