If you have ever wondered why so many knitter’s closets get filled with those collection of yarn, this article should explain a lot. If you are one of those knitters who has a closet full of remnant yarn, this article could help you to get rid of that “problem” while still offering you loads of knitting fun and personally rewarding knitted works of art. Whether you are new to the world of knitting or not, sooner or later everyone is going to find themselves with some remnant yarn lying around their home somewhere. The secret is to get rid of it without messing up an item made with different yarn.
If you are new to the world of knitting, you may or may not know that not all yarn is created equal. Apart from the different types of yarn, the different brands of yarn and other factors, there is also the very subtle difference in how the knitting yarn is dyed. While there are numerous quality control checks in place, there will always be at least subtle differences in yarns even when purchasing the same colors from the same companies. Most knitting yarn is dyed and whether that is done in a machine or by hand, there are always going to be some differences.
The more porous the yarn is, the more dye it will absorb and the darker the color will be. Even the finest knitting yarns will have some variation in the spinning process that will be enough to insure minor variation even in the same batch. When that same knitting yarn has been sitting around for a while, the colors may fade from such innocuous sources as sunlight or even bright light bulbs, washing, being played with by the kitten or any host of other things that can (and often do) occur with those knitting yarn remnants over the course of time.
When you are starting a new knitting project, it is always best to purchase enough of the yarn that you will need to complete the entire project. Unfortunately, this also generally means that you will end up with a small ball of yarn leftover. So what can you do with these knitting yarn remnants instead of just letting them gather dust in the closet? The answer is… a lot. If you do have some knitting yarn lying around that is similar but not quite the same, you can still often use it for cuffs, collars and other areas where a slight variation in color may actually highlight your knitted works and make them even more beautiful.
Remnants of knitting yarn can often be used for smaller projects. While these projects may not make up the bulk of your work… especially if you are knitting for profit, they can still provide you with a lot of beautiful knitting to work with and trim out or create highlights for your other knitted products. Headbands, ribbing for cuffs and collars, maybe even a pair of socks or footies if you have enough of the knitting yarn left over. Again, even if this is not your main love with knitting, it is still better than leaving all that money laying around in the closet going to waste.
The fact is, that the things you can make with knitting yarn remnants may be smaller, but they can still be just as beautiful and often just as valuable when it comes time to start knitting to earn a little money. They are also generally easier and take less time than many of the larger knitted products. While it is doubtful that anybody who is involved with knitting for fun or money will ever clear their closet of all that remnant knitting yarn, there really are some great uses for it if you use your imagination.