Monday, June 30, 2014

3 Uses for Leftover Singles + Gleener Cleaner Winner

As I prepare for the Tour de Fleece (which starts this Saturday, eek!), I'm focusing on clearing out my bobbins and figuring out which fibers I want to use from my stash, which got me thinking about what to do with leftover singles. After a while, most handspinners have a lot of leftover bits and bobs of single-ply yarn leftover from past projects, and I have made it my mission to find ways to give them new life so they don't have to sit on storage bobbin for eternity.

If you've been saving those singles (or just want to find some creative uses for the next time you have leftover handspun), here are three of my favorite ways to put those singles to good use!

1. Practice a new technique: there are a lot of techniques you can test out which might be less intimidating on the smaller scale of a leftover single - chain plying, felted singles, or experimenting with unbalanced plies all come to mind. Not only that, but using leftover yarn that otherwise would have collected dust on a storage bobbin really takes the pressure off if things take an unfortunate turn!

Here's what I did with some leftover singles from a recent spinning project:

2. Experiment with unlikely color and/or fiber combinations: I like to choose two or three random singles to see what happens - the results are often a good way! The skein below is one such recent experiment:

3. Leftover singles make pretty gift wrap: I've been known to tie boxes and bags with leftover bits of handspun to give it an extra-personal touch. You can even get creative by braiding a few singles together, making pom poms, or wrapping a gift box like so:
Gift wrap idea from Two Shades of Pink.
And now the moment's you've all been waiting for - the winner of my Gleener Cleaner Giveaway! The Random Number Generator has chosen Stefanie Gladden as our winner, congratulations! I have contacted Stefanie to arrange for the delivery of her brand-new Gleener Cleaner. Thanks very much to everyone who entered the giveaway and helped spread the word!


  1. Oooh, I love that purply blue black skeinlet!

  2. The colors in that skein are so pretty together!
    Congrats to Stefanie :)