Upcycled Tin Can
Upcycling has been the ‘it’ word for quite some time now, hasn’t it?
I love the idea of turning something old, or something I would usually throw out into something new and functional.
The first upcyle project I started was turning toilet paper rolls into animals for Eliana. I saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it would be fun.
Here’s the Zoo so far. I keep adding animals when time and inspiration (and toilet rolls) align 😉
Actually, come to think of it, I guess the first upcycled project I made was the hand sewn mouse out of Eliana’s too small clothing.
However, I haven’t made any crocheted upcycle projects. There are many inspiring upcycle crochet projects on Pinterest and I’ve seen lots of tin can projects, and things covered in crochet so it was about time that I made something myself.
I peeled the labels off of several empty tin cans and washed them a few weeks ago but they’ve just been sitting in my kitchen, waiting for inspiration to strike.
Well, I still had some yarn left over from the owl beanie I made recently (I promise the tutorial is on its way!) so I thought I’d try come up with something using bits of African Expressions’s Love yarn, a 78% mohair, 13% wool and 9% nylon blend of absolute fluffy goodness and my tried and trusted friend Vinnis Colours Nikkim yarn, a 100% cotton.
I played around with a few ideas and eventually settled on a fluffy flower inside a modified granny square.
The pattern is a modified version of Robyn Chachula’s Gerber Daisy square (look in the About Me section for the link to the book).
I love it!
I might even make more of these and sell them in the shop once it’s all set up but I’m currently working on a design with some cute little puff stitch flowers which I’ll share with you as a tutorial.
Oh, I almost forgot, I promised to show you my knitted cowl when it was done.
Well, let me tell you! I am well and truly hooked on knitting now! Yes, me! The ‘I won’t ever knit! Never, ever, ever because it’s horrible!’ crochet nut is hooked on knitting.
I must tell you, it does make a lovely change to crocheting,the hand motions are completely different (oh boy! Did my arm muscles hurt after the first day!) and it’s nice to be doing something just for fun because sometimes crochet is starting to feel more like a job. Don’t worry, I’m not going to quit crochet and I’m also not going to start bombarding you with knitting focussed posts. After all this is A bag full of crochet but I might just pop in the odd photo to show you the latest knitting project I’ve completed.
So, I made a seed stitch cowl for myself about three weeks ago and I love it.
The tension is tighter at the bottom than at the top because I was knitting too tightly in the beginning but I don’t mind! I adore it! It’s lovely and soft and squishy and comfy.
The hubby loves it too, so much so that he asked me to make him a cowl too and of course I obliged because I already had an idea for my next knitting project and this gave me the perfect excuse to get started 😉
Next I want to make myself a Hitchhiker shawl but I need to practice casting on first. Up until now I’ve been doing a row of Tunisian crochet to start off but that’s not going to work, or at least I don’t think it will.
Well, that’s it from me!
Have a great weekend!