Friday, April 8, 2011

DIY yarn organizer: httk&co

recycled bottle DIY yarn organizer

I'm making (yet another) white cotton sweater.

I'm knitting while watching movies (or just bad tv) (still) covered in a blanket because, despite the spring on the calendar, it's still pretty cold and rainy here in NYC.

This only to say that while I'm not paying much to my knitting, it's stockinette, so it's almost a mechanical work, my yarn keeps falling down, rolling under the couch, driving me insane, and getting dirty (yes, under the couch isn't exactly the cleanest spot...) plastic bag doesn't really work, and the ball is too light so won't stay in my basket.

I came up with something, the "High Tech Tidy Knitter & Crocheter Organizer" - 
HTTK&CO in short :)


--> Supplies: needed

* 1/2 gal soda bottle
* snips & pliers
* sisal & yarn
* glue and paintbrush
* 3 nylon covered rubber bands 
* 3 buttons
* 1 screw or nail

--> how-to: DIY tutorial:

* well, of course wash and clean your plastic bottle, and take off the label. ...duh.
* cut the bottle about in the middle of where the label was
* take the top part and cut it  on the indentation of the label line (if you click on the pictures, you'll see what I mean)
* take the bottom part and mark a line where the bottle is slightly smaller in circumference and cut it
* try the fit - eventually cut another bit (or start over with a new bottle eheh..)
* mark 3 dots about 1/3 apart both top and bottom

* now hold the screw with the pliers while you're heating the tip on a candle 
* when the tip is hot enough, it will make a perfectly round hole in the bottle without leaving sharp edges
* punch the 3 holes in the bottom part, and in the top punch 3 double holes ... like a ":"
* punch a hole in the bottom center part 
* pass the sisal through the hole in the bottom and make a big knot on the inside to block it
* ... and let the party begin with the glue... 

* wrap the sisal around, and now and then give some strokes of glue on top of the sisal
* keep going until you reach almost the top
* pass the sisal under few strands and glue it in place
* get a piece of ribbon and glue it around the edge 
* and secure it in place until dry with binder clips

* start with the neck of the bottle, same process, glue and wrap
* glue the ribbon on the edge
* when it's dry, punch the holes in the ribbons matching the holes in the bottle

* get the rubber bands and loop them around the holes in the bottom part
* and sew with a thick thread the buttons on the top (I painted my buttons also, eheh) 
* I wasn't happy with the "look" of the neck, so I wrapped a little turquoise yarn around it, over the sisal.

For the knitters & crocheter out there that can't be bothered to spend few hours making something like that, here there's a quick tutorial for the "minimalistic version"...
Now, I better go knitting my sweater... but: HTTK&CO.... should I register the trade mark? 

xox,  d.

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  1. genius. I have hardwoods and hate it when my yarn falls under my couch in the filth.

  2. hey, both the "cute" and the "minimalist" versions work wonders!! glad you like it!!

  3. So cute and ingenious really! Will be trying (imagine if you fill it at the bottom with plaster of paris for weight??!!!) AWESOME!

  4. What a cute idea!! You are very crafty!!

  5. Hey girl..that is so darn cute. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  6. That's really clever - looks cute and is useful as well. I haven't knit in ages, but I do remember the wool rolling away while I was knitting so this would have been great.

  7. Clever girl! Over from Debbie's NEWBIE party.

  8. it did cross my mind to put something to fill it in the bottom for weight and balance, but i didn't have anything on hand ! i'm so happy you like it! thanks!

  9. Love this! Popped over from Debbie's Nebie party....I knit/yarn quite a bit as well, and although I do most of my knitting in bed (and my yarn doesn't roll away on it's own), I do have furry helpers who like to run off with my yarn when I am engrossed. Next thing I know, I will be tied to my bed defenseless with the cats laughing like crazy! Following now, and off to paw through the rest of your posts!

  10. Hey Jerri! my dog loves to 'chase the ball' while I'm knitting! she believes I'm playing with her! it did happen more than once that she unravelled my work by running away with my yarn!

  11. This is such a creative and frugal idea! I'm a new follower from craftomaniac! I'd love for you to swing by my blog.

  12. thanks!! i'm using it and works!

  13. Great Idea! Love Upcycling Projects. :)

    By the Way: you have a lovely Blog ♥


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