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Feb 16, 2013 21:09:37   #
elly76
 
I don't like doing latch hook rugs, but for some reason my In-laws think I do. They got me a HUGE box of the rug yarn from the thrift store. I don't want to be rude and turn them down, because they feel they got me a real treasure! Is there some other uses for this short yarn other than for the rugs?
 
Feb 16, 2013 21:19:04   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
IF it's 100% wool, you might be able to use it as thrums.

IF it's synthetic ... find a youngster who's interested in latch-hooking and give it away.

IF re-gifting isn't an option, you could tie them all together to make a 'magic ball' and then knit that up. The tieing together is a totally brainless, TV-watching activity, and the knitting should be as well.

How to tell wool from non-wool? Check out this website: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html
Feb 17, 2013 00:15:36   #
Country Bumpkins (a regular here)
 
Stuff a pillow with it.
Feb 17, 2013 00:35:24   #
Archer1955
 
Just how short is a skein of rug yarn? I am totally ignorant of the product.
Feb 17, 2013 00:36:44   #
Country Bumpkins (a regular here)
 
Archer1955 wrote:
Just how short is a skein of rug yarn? I am totally ignorant of the product.
It is yarn cut into 2' pieces.
Feb 17, 2013 00:37:48   #
susanmos2000
 
Isn't it that stuff that comes in strands measuring about 4 inches long? If so I can't imagine the effort involved in tying all that together. There must be some easier way to use it.
 
Feb 17, 2013 00:53:50   #
arlenecc
 
elly76 wrote:
I don't like doing latch hook rugs, but for some reason my In-laws think I do. They got me a HUGE box of the rug yarn from the thrift store. I don't want to be rude and turn them down, because they feel they got me a real treasure! Is there some other uses for this short yarn other than for the rugs?


I wish you lived here. I can't find rug wool here or Nanaimo, and I love making hooked rug pictures . I did this one a few years ago.
The mile 0 post is in Dawson Creek where I used to live. I graphed it out myself. Michaels has the rug hook but no wool. I have the latchhook anyway, just wish I could use it. Postage to here would be too much, too bad.


Feb 17, 2013 03:59:25   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
As I wasn't able to fall asleep, it occurred to me that a residence for elders or disabled might be able to make good use of it. Latch-hooking is relatively easy to do, doesn't require a ton of small-motor dexterity.

I'm saving mine small stash of such yarn, just in case the day comes when manipulating two needles or a hook is beyond my own capabilities. Hopefully, I'll still be able to work on finishing the latch-hook rugs my kids and I began eons ago.;)
Feb 17, 2013 05:57:52   #
Moondancermel
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
IF it's 100% wool, you might be able to use it as thrums.

IF it's synthetic ... find a youngster who's interested in latch-hooking and give it away.

IF re-gifting isn't an option, you could tie them all together to make a 'magic ball' and then knit that up. The tieing together is a totally brainless, TV-watching activity, and the knitting should be as well.

How to tell wool from non-wool? Check out this website: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html


:thumbup: Excellent idea!
Feb 17, 2013 06:32:49   #
moke
 
lol i have stuffed pillows with it before...
Feb 17, 2013 07:43:04   #
Marny CA
 
On certain types of yarn, the 2" cuts could make standout fringes - not at the ends of a scarf, for instance, but through the item.

I did a scarf like that with longer pieces and it turned out just great, especially when worn.

Then my friend took that idea after getting the scarf and made a triloom shawl with pieces of fringe on inside parts. Outstanding.
 
Feb 17, 2013 11:30:51   #
elly76
 
Thank you all for the great suggestions!!
Feb 17, 2013 11:33:31   #
susanmos2000
 
The real problem, as I see it, is that finding some use for the rug yarn is practically a guarantee that you'll receive more of it! Maybe after disposing of the current supply you can let your in-laws know (tactfully, of course) that your favorite craft these days is knitting?
Feb 17, 2013 11:37:58   #
elly76
 
susanmos2000 wrote:
The real problem, as I see it, is that finding some use for the rug yarn is practically a guarantee that you'll receive more of it! Maybe after disposing of the current supply you can let your in-laws know (tactfully, of course) that your favorite craft these days is knitting?


Yes, you are right. I will have to let them know somehow! I do feel lucky that they think of me and want to give me things, but I can't fill up my closet with stuff I'll never use.
Feb 17, 2013 12:43:05   #
Ms Sue P (a regular here)
 
2 inch pieces of yarn are just right to put out for birds to use as nesting material.
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