Monday, May 28, 2012

A Yarn Infuser

If you are working on a small crochet or knitting project, store thin yarn in a tea infuser for safekeeping while traveling. It's sort of like your own mini, covered yarn bowl.



I purchased my tea infuser from a thrift store. After thoroughly cleaning it, here is how I transformed it into my "yarn infuser:"

The supplies I used were a pair of pliers (particularly made for jewelry-making), mercerized cotton yarn, a small clasp, a small jump ring, a pair of scissors and, of course, my thrifted tea infuser.

Make sure that the yarn you use is thin enough to go through your infuser's holes.



First, I removed the hook attached to my infuser with my pliers.


Then, I open up my jump ring with my pliers, and inserted the clasp in the jump ring. Once the clasp was inserted, I put the jump ring through the top of my tea infuser's chain and closed it. 


Then, I created a ball big enough to fit into my infuser from my yarn. A good tutorial for creating a yarn ball can be found here.




Then, I inserted the end of the yarn ball through one of the top holes of my infuser.


Finally, I put the lid on my infuser, and attached it to my favorite bag. 



If your crochet or knit project is small enough, you might be able to fit it in your infuser along with your yarn. Be sure that the top and bottom edges of your infuser are thoroughly cleaned, though. Otherwise, it may leave a mark on your yarn. 

If it is too big, you can simply carry a pouch to store your yarn infuser and your project together. 


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24 comments:

  1. Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)

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  2. Too cool! Thanks for the tip- now I need to start a tiny project

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  3. Really great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. What an excellent idea!!!

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  5. Ingenious! I love it! Thank you for sharing ^_^

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  6. Great idea, beautifully explained.

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  7. que lindo!! te likeo en mi blog

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  8. AMAZING! hmmm now if you could just figure out what to make a larger one out of for worsted weight...

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  9. How about an herb infuser which is a bigger for larger projects? Not sure if you could get a whole sock's worth in there, but it might be close.

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    1. That's a fun idea! I had to look up what herb infusers were, as I had never heard of them before :) Many of them seem to be made out of mesh, but you could probably poke a hole through it to get yarn through.

      Thanks for sharing, fiber painter!

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  10. Great idea! I've never thought of that one :)

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  11. very clever!! kudos to you for finding a great use for a tea infuser!

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  12. What a clever idea! Very interesting!

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  13. Amazing idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    (HUGS)

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  14. great idea. I'm making this for my two knitter pals! Could also be used to carry stitch markers!

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  15. really great! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I have a tea infuser that I haven't used in a long time (just steep my tea in a pot now). This is great! I'm going to use it for my tatting! Thank you for the idea!

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  17. Thank you for sharing! I scooped your post on
    Needle and Hook Patterns

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  18. Brilliant!! You are one creative dude!

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