This Needlework, Crocheting & Knitting Page contains lots of money saving tips and easy crafting ideas.
Red Cross Knitting Stripes
I do a lot of volunteer knitting for the Red Cross. Whenever we receive small balls of yarn that cannot be made into a blanket or sweater, I use them to make colorful stripes in a blanket. I pick one yarn color for the overall blanket theme and then make different color stripes. It always looks great. Angela Guastella – Chester, VA
Needlework Needles Sharpened
I thought I was the only one who pinched pennies the way you all do. I’m always looking for new ways to save. I love to sew and also do alterations for myself and for a living. One way I save money and time sewing is, when a needle gets a blunt end rather than throwing it away, I repair it. I just rub the tip lightly on an emery board or file until it is pointy again. You can do it three or four times before replacing the needle. Marie Davis – Pendleton, SC
Yarn Scraps for Crochet Crafts
I love to crochet as a hobby. It can be done anywhere, I even take it with me when we go camping. When I have saved enough scrap yarn, I make up “Granny Squares” and connect them together to make Afghans, baby blankets, pot holders and a variety of other things, even sweaters. I use most of these for Christmas or birthday gifts. Using scraps makes them an almost free gift. Marie Davis – Pendleton, SC
Free Patterns for Knitters and Crocheters
Ravelry is an online forum for knitters and crocheters. You don’t have to log in to browse all the free patterns available for download. Many well-known designers are represented, and it’s easy to join groups based on their patterns and to find YouTube how-to videos by starting at this site. Pauly Heller – Phoenix, AZ
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