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Recall my Ridiculously Delicious T-Shirt Yarn? A few weeks ago I finally got around to buying a 10-millimetre crochet hook by Addi, and since I had no energy left in my body for sitting at the sewing machine, I ended up in a horizontal state on my sofa. Invited to join were my iPad for searching yarn-bowl patterns, the new fancy hook with gold glitter in the plastic, and a box of all the yarn balls of course. I ended up using this tutorial by NimiDesign in various ways.

Nina With Freckles - T-shirt yarn bowls 1 2016-03-15

My first project was a small bowl in white, medium green, and dark green. It used up yarn cut (check out advice in my earlier blog post) from one normal white t-shirt, an extra long white t-shirt, a medium green one, and one row of the dark green. The intended recipient, my sister, already uses it in her entryway for corralling dog paraphernalia, since Miss Puppy is rather teeny tiny still, and needs to go out quite often.

This roughly corresponds to four t-shirts, which took me by complete surprise. While a perk is that such thick yarn is quickly worked, it also means I will have to be mindful how I choose to use my balls of yarn in the future, because the supply is limited after several rounds of purging the wardrobe.

Next up was a wide, open bowl in white and a dark mustardy yellow, also for sister dearest. I never knew terrorbabies aka adorable puppies come with so much stuff, but yup, it can invade a space quickly as lightning.

Nina With Freckles - T-shirt yarn bowls 2 2016-03-15

I used three t-shirt yarns for that project, but while there was one end project shown here, I had frogged it twice. It became wobbly, or too loose and wobbly, which might work for someone else, but not me, even when this was a practice project only.

Thanks to Creativebug, at least I know chain stitch, slip stitch, and single crochet (US) now… Phew. Towards the end, my hand was quite sore from twisting the heavy thread and hook so many times, but I still kept going.

The smallest bowl is around 10 cm in diameter, and now houses keys on my entryway table, which white paint was starting to scream quietly from being scratched so brutally by metal keys. Its bottom is one whole t-shirt yarn, and then for accent I used bits of two other yarns in white and greyish blue-navy stripe.

I still have a few balls left from my cutting fest last year, and closely scrutinising other shirts have revealed that two or three more will face the rotary cutter sooner rather than later.

So, what to do with the rest? There’s still the upper portion, from armpits to neck to sleeves, to use. Currently I have a library book borrowed in which various patterns are written for t-shirt yarn, and one idea in it is to place a tennis ball inside a cover of t-shirt material, to create dryer balls. On Pinterest I’ve seen someone make similar out of old socks bundled up, so instead of a tennis ball, all the excess fabric could be bunched up into a ball, then handsewn closed. Supposedly these dryer balls fluff textiles during drying, but I have no such machine so can’t test these.

Are you sold on repurposing textiles like this or in other ways?