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Scrap Happy August 2022

August 14, 2022

“tis the season – to wear a sun bonnet

even bears feel the heat

hats are difficult to make for bears – their ears are all different

at least bear hats don’t need too many scraps

but inside they are a bit scrappy

Rosie’s hat matches her summer dress

it threatens to fly off, we will have to make a chin strap, like Gilbert’s

Gilbert likes his hat with the yellow brim lining and bonnet strings with a wooden bead to keep it tight

Arthur’s hat is a regular baseball style hat with a button on the top – his ears are lower so it fit nicely

made from scraps of the old jeans

Benjamin Bunny and Little Bear decided it was much easier to just wear a blossom

all dressed up they are off to a birthday party

Kate suggested that my cotton spinning experiment was a good ScrapHappy project as it is the first time she has heard of the scraps being rescued from the compost

(I’ve added the link to that post – be sure to watch the video, it’s only 2 minutes))

the spinning is almost finished with two small skeins equaling approximately 55 yards

I have spun lots of commercially prepared cotton in my 40+ years of spinning but this a first from the raw cotton boll

this plain, soft yarn is very pleasing in the hand

saved from the compost pile

here is Kate’s list of other happy scrappers


KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean (me), Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Viv

spinning cotton

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2022 12:51 am

    So cute! Love the baseball style hat for Arthur!


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    August 15, 2022 3:57 am

    Anything for bears is fiddly because they are such an odd shape and their limbs don’t usually bend and that’s before dealing with ears! I love their hats and hope you had fun designing them.


    • August 15, 2022 10:18 am

      Sue – I won’t be making bear hats again anytime soon, but I did save the patterns. With the exception of Rosie all the bears have movable limbs but that doesn’t help with hats!

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  3. August 15, 2022 2:39 am

    Love the hats epspecially Benjamin Bunny’s hat. The cotton looks delightfully soft.


    • August 15, 2022 10:23 am

      Noilin – Benjamin’s hat is thanks to Mother Nature. The cotton is so light and soft you can hardly feel it in your hand. I’m thinking of natural dyeing it but what colour?

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  4. August 15, 2022 12:16 am

    That looks like an impressive length of cotton. How fabulous


  5. August 14, 2022 8:23 pm

    I especially like Gilbert’s hat.


  6. August 14, 2022 1:54 pm

    How lovely 🥰


  7. August 14, 2022 11:40 am

    I really like the scrap hats – and the cotton boll spinning! I might see you at Fibrations next week?


    • August 14, 2022 12:24 pm

      Kjerstin – making the hats was a bit if a struggle – I kept thinking of you making even smaller Hitty things. Spinning the cotton was very satisfying and remarkably easy. Oh yes, looking forward to it, plan on going around 11am.

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