As crafters, we almost always have a project (or, let’s face it, several projects!) to keep our hands busy. But during this unprecedented time, even the busiest of crafters may find themselves with extra free time. Today, we round up several fun ideas to stay busy while staying at home!
- Tackle those UFOs (UnFinished Objects) by either frogging them or finally getting them to the finish line! If you opt to reclaim the yarn (known as frogging), make sure to use a ball winder to keep yarns from getting tangled.
- Support your LYS (Local Yarn Store). Many shops are offering virtual shopping with the option to pick up orders curbside, or have items shipped; if you don’t need anything at the moment but still want to help, a gift card towards a future purchase can still help! Vickie Howell is updating this list of local yarn shops regularly if you are looking for folks to support.
- Spring clean your yarn stash. You might discover some hidden gems to use right now! Anne from the I Thought I Knew How Podcast has an excellent series of Instagram posts to thoroughly guide you through this process - just look for the “Yarn Stash Destash” posts in her feed.
- Style a #skeincrown. This fun & yarny meme has been making the rounds on Instagram, and it makes us smile every time we spot a post!
- Got mystery skeins? Most of us do! Take this time to measure yarn weight and yardage for all those partially-used skeins lurking in your stash using our WPI toolkit, Nancy’s Niddy Noddy and this blog tutorial.
- Sew face masks. With the new CDC recommendations to wear cloth face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), the need to face masks is greater than ever. Vickie Howell has a fantastic round-up of free sewing patterns that are beginner-friendly.
- Make DIY dryer balls. Knitwear designer Louise Tilbrook shares an easy tutorial for turning leftover bits of wool yarn into eco-friendly dryer balls, which replace the need for dryer sheets!
- Put a rainbow in your window. Rainbows are the symbol of hope during this time, and many folks are decorating their windows right now to delight passers-by. Repeat Crafter Me shared a free crochet pattern here, or check out Frankie Brown’s free knitted rainbow here.
- Teach a loved one to knit or crochet. Now is a great time to share your craft with someone you love! Knit Picks & We Crochet have shared some great blog posts with tips:
- Make time for self-care. Whether it’s taking a few moments to enjoy a special cup of tea, take a walk, or bake a batch of cookies, don’t forget to recharge your own battery to reduce stress during this uncertain time.
Do you have any ideas to add to our list? We’ve love to hear how you’re spending your time at home in the comments!
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