Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s Monday and I have a tip for you!

Well that is if you are in to crocheting or knitting hats with earflaps that needs braids. I was making one of these for my granddaughter this December.
Grandson wearing reindeer hat I made him
The first one came out a little too small and the second one was a little too big but that’s okay because she will be able to use it at the end of this year too! Then I made a third one for a friend’s daughter.
Many strands are needed for the braid
While working on them I struggled with the yarn for the braids, I think I used a crochet hook the first time to pull the yarn lengths through the opening in the crochet. Then I thought there must be an easier, faster way of doing this. I considered using a yarn needle or some form of large eyed blunt needle but I still wouldn’t be able to pull all 12 strands (three of each of four colors) through at the same time. What to do?
Then I remembered I had purchased these:
Floss Threaders to the rescue
I planned to use them for something else (I think it had to do with threading needles) that didn’t work out. But I thought they would be perfect for the task at hand. And they worked!
I love when I can take something intended for another purpose (in this case cleaning teeth) and use it for something entirely different. Has this ever happened to you?

Happy Crafting!


Judy Nolan said...

I keep a package of those in my crochet pouch, but for a different purpose. I use them to thread beads into crochet work. The hat you made for your granddaughter is adorable, by the way!

Judy Nolan said...

Oops, that would be grandSON!

Rose said...

Thanks Judy! That is a good way to use those threaders. I have never added beads to my crochet work but I'll have to remember your tip if I ever do. I'll keep a pack of them handy with my crochet hooks.

karen said...

the top image is so precious!! What a beautiful, happy little man he is x