June 9, 2011

June’s quick knits club: Thrift! (last club ebook!)

Well here it is, my last club ebook!  The quick knits club has run its course and has now come to an end, with a theme that seemed to fit since it’s an element in pretty much every club ebook: Thrift!

June's quick knits club ebook cover

Everything has to do with items you can find at thrift stores… The first, embellishments that can be sewn onto clothes to hide small stains, holes, or logos, or just to liven up something that’s a bit more bland than you’d like.  From the ebook: “If you find a shirt or skirt that fits perfectly, in a color you love, with an unsightly blemish, this embellishment might be all that’s needed to turn it into your new favorite piece! I used mine to cover up the logo on a shirt and make the whole thing more interesting, and to brighten up a boring skirt.”

June's quick knits club ebook! June's quick knits club ebook!

There are two patterns for the Bobble Star Embellishments – one with smaller bobbles and longer stems, and the other with larger bobbles, shorter stems, and a larger center part.  And then there are notes for adjusting the number and length of the stems, and how I made that crazy one with 9 stems in all different lengths.

June's quick knits club ebook!

And then the other pattern is something you can knit with the actual thrifted materials themselves – make super-bulky recycled “yarn” out of either a sheet or t-shirt(s) and knit it up into a Bulky Teardrop Towel:

June's quick knits club ebook!

And hanging in action in my kitchen:

June's quick knits club ebook! June's quick knits club ebook!

Each of the patterns have tutorials to go with them – for the embellishments, I explain how to sew the stars onto clothes, either by hand or machine…

June's quick knits club ebook! June's quick knits club ebook!

And I show you how to make sheet yarn…

June's quick knits club ebook!

…and no-ties t-shirt yarn, which can stripe between different colors with no knots or ends to weave in.

June's quick knits club ebook! June's quick knits club ebook!

The tutorial in this ebook is nature plates – clear glass plates are almost always found at thrift stores, so here’s a way to turn those into awesome custom dishes:


June's quick knits club ebook!

You could use the same concept with hand-cut stencils or other flat found objects; I used leaves from weeds in my yard.  Maybe someday I’ll have our weed problem under control and these plates will serve as a reminder of what used to be.  (Yards are a lot of work!)

June's quick knits club ebook!

And then lastly, there’s a link list of tutorials I’ve done online that are great for thrifted materials, which happens to be a pretty big chunk of my tutorials, since I do love thrifting!  As I said in the ebook, thrift shops are my main source for craft materials in general, and when coming up with club ideas, always trying to use recycled materials whenever possible, I generally hit thrift stores before craft stores.  For the first generation of the club, the recycled yarn always came from thrifted sweaters, and the extras usually would be thrifted as well, so I’m happy to have wrapped up these almost two years of monthly club projects with this theme!

So, you can grab this ebook on my site or on ravelry, and you can buy any of the other 9 club ebooks separately, plus all my old club patterns in ebook collections – volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3.  (All my quick knits patterns are on ravelry here.)  I’m excited for the club to be behind me, so I can move on to focus on my big ebook now!  But, I may be putting out free quick knits patterns once in awhile if I think of any good ideas.  We’ll see…..

Happy thrifting, and happy knitting!

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