One of the things I was busy with before Christmas was making t-shirt yarn. I bought a rainbow of tshirts at my local thrift shops, and using one of the numerous online tutorials, cut the shirts into a continous length 1/2" wide. After cutting the tshirts into strips, you give them a little stretch to roll the edges, and voila, you are ready to knit or crochet up a storm! Or maybe a hat or a rug or a bag? This rainbow batch was made with love for my niece J, who recently learned to crochet. The tshirts don't need to be in great shape, just no side seams. They can have a design or logo, but I found the real rubberized ones don't work as well. I plan on making some more for myself to use sometime--it's a great way to recycle!
Using some of the leftover bits, I also stitched up this batch of reusable fabric bags for her.
This was part of my family's Christmas gift exchange, where we pick names, and make or buy a gift for one person. All the kids, grandkids, and grandparents are included in the draw. It's always a surprise to see who picked your name, and there's always a lot of creativity abounding, whether the gift is handmade or not.
My niece J, also picked my name, so we did a little exchange this year! She is currently enrolled in an art program, and made this gorgeous print for me:
The picture was taken through a pin-hole camera that she made, and then she made a print of it. This is so cool. It's beautiful, and it's already found a place to hang in my dining room.