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a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

HaPpY St. Patrick’s Day… the most socially acceptable time of year to “tie one on”, which is exactly what I did! I tied one ball of newspaper yarn on and around my fingers until it took the form of a wreath 🙂

It all began with our flight to San Diego. Seeing as knitting needles have not been allowed aboard planes since 9/11, I always wrack my brain for something creative to keep busy with while traveling. Finger knitting became my aircraft craft of choice for this particular flight. And so, with my knitting needles checked in our baggage and a few balls of newspaper/plastic yarn (spun beforehand) stashed in the carry-on, we were off! Boarding without boredom… the only way to fly 🙂

Have you ever tried finger knitting? Finger knitting with paper yarn actually works better than regular needles anyway, since paper can’t stretch. The resulting stiff lengths of paper knitting have selvages that curl inward (same as any yarn in stockinette) and a structural texture that reminds me of grapevine wreaths. And so for my first finger knitted project, I made this “faux grapevine” wreath! Simply tie the ends together and adorn with hand-knit shamrocks and hearts ❤

My wreath (pictured here under dull, grey, winter-weakening skies) was finger-knit, using paper yarn spun from full-colour grocery store flyers. It is adorned with two 3-leaf and two 4-leaf Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks & one (pink) Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart & four (purple, pink, light/dark green) Bramble❤tini Hearts.

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

What do you think about this crafty recycling idea? Now more than ever, my nimble knitting fingers are eager to help save the planet… one junk mail flyer at a time 🙂

And has the luck of the Irish traveled with you when flying with your knitting needles and/or crochet hooks? Feel free to leave a comment below and fill me in! All I know for sure is that the last time I tried in-flight knitting was a few years ago en route home from Cancun, Mexico. Someone had said it was once again okay to knit while flying. We asked for confirmation from every single check-in personnel along the way. They all said it was okay, until the very last check-point… where they were seriously going to confiscate my needles—right then and there!!! So without a moment to spare, we ran like the wind all the way back to the starting-point and checked ’em in as baggage, along with what we had planned to carry-on… ughhh!

One of these days, I’ll write a tutorial for how to spin paper/plastic yarn. For today, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day! ❤ Jackie

16 responses

  1. Wow! You’re so creative! Not at all like me! 🙂


    March 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • Dearest EM … That is very kind of you to say 🙂 though I always wish my words had a little of that talent that makes your words flow so freely! ❤


      March 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

  2. WOW, I’m so impressed! It looks amazing and such a fun thing to do. Please please tell me how you spun newspaper into yarn??!


    March 19, 2014 at 6:56 am

    • Thanks Maryanne 🙂 I’m working at writing a tutorial, but basically it’s just a drop spindle and strips of newspaper… or grocery bags! 🙂 ❤


      March 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

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  4. I, too, can’t imagine how you spin it??!? But then I don’t know the drop spindle method either although I have seen it.


    March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    • I’ve only ever used a drop spindle for figuring out how to make paper yarn. One of these days, though, I’ll put together a short tutorial. Then we can all take a spin at it! 🙂 ❤


      March 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  5. Never heard of paper yarn but that’s clever love it!!!


    March 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    • Thanks Patricia 🙂 Vickie Howell has a YouTube demo and I’ve been refining my newspaper spinning technique ever since watching that. Always fun to find new crafty and clever ways to recycle 🙂 ❤


      March 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  6. What a great idea to finger knit with paper! Tour wreath is stunning. PS – one can take crochet hooks on planes :p 😀


    April 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

    • Thank you for stopping by with such a sweet comment, Magda 🙂 Have you tried finger knitting? I’ll need to sharpen my crochet skills prior to our next flight 🙂 ❤


      April 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  7. Cute!


    February 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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