What to do with this weird yarn…

I picked up a couple of skeins of mystery yarn at Big Lots a couple of years ago. It’s Gala yarn, which seems to be a hodgepodge of (maybe) big name brand yarn that is slightly irregular, or discontinued..or something like that. Sometimes Gala yarn is weird and sometimes it is gross and sometimes it is nice. I’ll classify this as weird.  🙂

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It’s a light yellowish color (or maybe a very pale lime green) and it looks like cotton crochet thread with caterpillar-like clumps of sparkly fluff. Does that sound weird? It might be a little weird. The thready part does not feel like cotton. It feels like acrylic to me. The fluffy parts feel like polyester, and I suppose the sparkly bits are nylon.

I’ve played with it a bit and decided to crochet a big double crochet rectangle.  Very complex, I know! And then I’ll turn the rectangle into a shrug or something. My daughter is into shrugs right now because her school does not allow tank tops. With a shrug, she can wear her tank top but have herself technically covered. It’s a bit of a dance because we live in North Carolina and it gets hot long before the schools are allowed to turn on the air conditioning. So she needs to stay cool, but covered.

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I’ll keep working on this as a just-before-bed project. So far, I’m having trouble deciding if this is fun and artsy, or if it looks like a cat mauled it and then rolled it in lint. Maybe a little of both.

Barbie-Sized Shark Tooth Pendant

A few weeks ago, I went with my hubby and kids to the aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo, NC.  We had a grand time at the aquarium like we always do.  This time, the best part was digging for fossils in the outdoor area.

The fine folks at the aquarium hauled in a truckload of mine tailings from Aurora, NC.  Aurora is kind of near the ocean, but not exactly on the beach (any more).  There is a phosphate mine in Aurora, and they let people dig in the spoils piles there.  You can find all sorts of cool things there, including fossilized shark teeth.

We rooted through the dirt for awhile and found some good loot.  I only found one shark tooth, and it was pretty little, but pretty amazing.  Check out that little snaggly area on the left!

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I read somewhere that shark teeth are all stylish now for some reason or other, or so say the big-bucks designers.  And that means I was able to find all sorts of instructions online for making my own shark tooth necklace.  Great!

Here’s my first attempt:

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Oh, wow!  I think the shark tooth would need to be just a whole lot bigger to fill out that wire!  You can hardly even see it in there under those coils.

Old broken extension cord to the rescue!

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I peeled the insulation off an old extension cord for about 8 inches.  Do you see what’s inside?  Lots of tiny copper wires.  Perfect for a tiny shark tooth!

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But if you do this yourself, watch out for those little copper splinters.  You only have to step on one with your bare feet once to know what I mean.

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I isolated a strand of copper and then tried it again.

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When wrapping a bigger tooth, artists generally use the wire they are using to wrap the tooth to make a bail for hanging it.  But my wire was way too tiny for that.

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I cut a little piece of 20-gauge wire and stuck it through some of the wires on the back of the tooth.  I could pretend that I did it carefully and followed some sort of plan, but I know you wouldn’t believe me anyway.  I put my reading glasses on, stuck the wire in there until it caught on a few tiny wires, then twisted like crazy until I couldn’t take it any more.  And yes, I do call this art.

The little snaggly part really helped me out by holding the wire tight.

Now I’ve got a little tiny pendant and I don’t know what to do with it!

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What is this thing???

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Well, the good news is that I finished a crochet project, and it’s very…interesting.  The bad news is that I don’t know what I should do with this thing.

I have this enormous stash of Spark A Doodle yarn.  I love this stuff!  It’s so very, very soft.  And sparkly.  It would probably be completely tacky if it weren’t so doggone soft.

So I was fooling around and fooling around and I decided to add a row of fluffy Spark A Doodle to the edge of a sheer red scarf I had lying around.  The scarf had a problem with the hem, and so I figured if I covered it with fluff, that would be good.

I sewed around the edge of the scarf with some plain yarn so that I would have somewhere to crochet the Spark A Doodle.  Then I added a row of Spark A Doodle in single crochet.  But somehow, the edge of the scarf and the crocheted fluffy stuff don’t quite match up in terms of stretchiness and that sort of thing.  So sometimes it looks like a sexy red jellyfish.

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It looks a little more normal in this photo, but I think you can still see the problem.

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When it’s tied around the neck, it looks like this.  Hmm, a little strange,

What the heck, I’m going to wear it anyway!  I’m calling it my sexy jellyfish scarf, and I dare you to make one too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Maria