This is the easiest thing to make with knitting needles, without knitting a stitch. Anyone would think I was a knitter looking at this assortment of needles, but this was my Mum's collection, and I dipped into it to find a couple of size 8mm needles, which seemed to do exactly what was asked of them.
I first stumbled over this little project at Henhouse, so thank you Hen for this rosy posy brooch idea, a brooch that can be made in the blink of an eye, a flick of a wrist! No turning of the heel or working with four needles or knitting into the back of the stitch or psso, no sir-ee, just plain old simple winding. Here is the end product, this is Hen's. Do visit her blog, it has a lovely vintage feel to it. And look, aren't these just the bees knees?
All you need are some scraps of wool, those pesky, little bits that you don't know what to do with but can't quite bring yourself to simply throw away.
Now comes the winding part, wind around and around the needles about eight times, then with a contrasting bit of wool tie a knot around it's middle and there you have it, a little woolly flower.
And then lots of woolly flowers. Stitch them onto a backing of choice. I chose a piece of wool felt, then glued it to a piece of cardboard, then onto another piece of wool felt for a bit of colour interest. A brooch-pin stitched to the back and it's done.
It was decided by all who first looked at my brooch that the wonky cutting of the circles was more endearing than shabby and showed a true home-baked product!!
What have you been making at your house?
Do you throw away those little ends of wool?
Do you have another idea for using up the leftovers?