I sat one day not so long ago and pulled out all the old t-shirts that no one wore and began cutting my t-shirt yarn. I had such high hopes for what I would be making with this. I thought about the cute rugs, or maybe some nice pot-holders, a farmers market bag, or even a just because scarf. Well, I sit here now laughing at myself because I didn’t realize that working with the t-shirt yarn was going to take more skill than I had. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was about ten and I have never stopped so I feel I have plenty of experience. But, nothing could have prepared me for working with such a crazy yarn.
My first attempt at working with it came in the form of Crochet. I thought I would make an oven mitt I found on http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2011/03/20/t-yarn-oven-mitt/
Cute right, also looks very easy I just knew this would be an easy project to undertake and I could show off my skills, Right? hahahahaha Wrong! I couldn’t get the silly yarn to do anything, I am forever talking about watching the tension and here I was struggling with that. The first thing I made is so rock hard it is not good for anything. I figure I just didn’t have a big enough crochet hook, that is what I am going to blame it on and I will hear nothing more on the topic.
Although a great pattern very well written for some reason I could not get mine to look like that. So I went for knitting the yarn, I have super huge needles and thought that would be better for working with this yarn. I was right the larger the needles or hook the better the yarn works with you.
My next attempt I thought I would not be so bold, a Hot Pad for under my pans would be just perfect. I know, I know I am a brave little sort. I did some yarn changes just to see how it would look and if it would be easy to do.
I did start to get the hang of the knitting process and how to work with the yarn. Here is the finished Hot Pad, nothing spectacular, I definitely look like a beginner.
I think what happened is the T-shirts have absorbed all the attitude my Husband and Son have so therefore it was not going to do as I asked. Typical right?
Well there you have it a nice little Hot Pad. The key is going to be actually using it because I am the worst about just setting the dang ole’ hot pans on my counters.
Yes there will be many adventures with this yarn because I made so much that it fills three plastic sacks. I am re-thinking how courageous I thought I was.