sequence of events

June 10, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in projects, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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1. I had yarn left over from that cotton afghan I finished (see previous post).

2. I left the bag with said yarn in it sitting on the floor in the living room. Lazybones.

3. One of my dogs knocked my cup of coffee off the table and the bag got a little wet.

4. Luckily, the yarn itself didn’t get any coffee on it. I made a little pile of yarn on the table and put the bag into the laundry.

5. I was feeling fidgety, so I picked up the yarn and started winding it.

6. A small pile of assorted skeins became a giant ball.

7. I felt the need to knit something immediately!

8. I am making a lacy cotton shawl, perfect for summer.


(Projected future event: the yarns are all cotton or cotton blends, the colors are two different yellows, a red, and a peach/pink. Once I knit the entire shawl, I could dye it. Blue dye would look good combined with yellow and red and pink. Maybe I will do that.)


good luck at goodwill

May 16, 2013 at 12:32 am | Posted in yarn stash | Leave a comment
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Today at Goodwill I found a giant bag of yarn for $4.99!


It looked like an afghan waiting to happen, all color coordinated and everything. I was sorting through it this evening with one of my cats on my lap, and I realized that the color scheme was almost the same as her coloring. She’s more orange + black + white, not yellow + black + white. But still, this looks like a calico-kitty collection of yarn.

Memphis the one-eyed wondercat:


(That’s the only picture I have of her on this computer–I wanted to post a picture of her face, but I am too lazy to get up and take one right now)

Anyway, I sorted through the bag of yarn. It is mostly worsted weight. There were a few sport weight skeins that I separated out, plus one skein of weird chenille stuff, plus one ball of thicker sort of rough yarn, almost like twine. Not sure what I am going to do with that, but I decided to keep it. I also kept one skein of black sport weight. The rest of the sport weight and the weird chenille went into my tote bag that I always bring to work. I have a few co-workers who are knitters and crocheters, so I will offer it to them and if no one at work wants it, I’ll just re-donate it to Goodwill.

After sorting, I was left with still a rather large amount of worsted weight acrylic yarns in gold, black, white, and cream. Like I said, it’s just begging to be made into an afghan. Plus I have this nifty wooden crochet hook that my mom de-stashed to me that I’ve been wanting to use just because it’s wood and is very pleasing to hold. I know that I am already in the middle of many other projects. I have three unfinished afghans already. But I couldn’t help myself and I started crocheting. Do you think I have craft ADD maybe?

I will finish most of my projects that I start. Eventually.

And here is a picture of one of the skeins of yarn that had a silly little rhyme on its label. I have never encountered poetic yarn before!


a crochet spiral

April 14, 2013 at 12:50 am | Posted in projects, yarn stash | 6 Comments
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I went to Goodwill on Wednesday because I happened to be nearby and I ended up shopping there for two hours!  Clearly, it was a good day for thrift shopping.  One of my finds was some cones of yarn.  Someone had donated a whole bunch of yarn on cones, the type that’s used for knitting machines.  There were tons of them, a whole shelf-full.  I looked through them for a while and eventually decided to buy just two of them, even though they were only four dollars each.  But unfortunately most of the colors were kinda ugly, and I also didn’t want to have too much to carry because I was taking the bus home.  So, after much deliberation, I decided on a fuschia and a turquoise.

And then my itchy little paws wanted to start making something with it right away, so I spend almost a whole day at work (in between phone calls) looking through patterns on ravelry trying to decide which one I wanted to try.

Here’s the one I finally settled on:

And here are some pictures of my progress.  First it looked like a doily, and now it looks sort of like a large jellyfish, but I am confident that it will start to look like a blanket eventually.

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a jar of yarn

September 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Posted in yarn stash | 2 Comments
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I found a jar at goodwill and I am filling it with scrap yarn.  It looks so pretty!  Thanks to LH for the idea.

pictures from my visit to new york city (and WEBS)

August 25, 2012 at 11:24 am | Posted in other people's awesome crafts, yarn stash | 1 Comment
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First, this is my friend L’s yarn stash.  I just love how this looks, all arranged in bowls like a buffet of really delicious foods.  I could never get away with this sort of display in my own house.  The cats would knock everything all over the place and get it really hairy.  I have to keep my yarn sealed off from the world and hidden away!  L has more yarn than this, but the bowls are the highlight of her living room.  Fabulous!  I do want to copy her pretty glass jar full of scrap yarns, if I can find a good jar.  I almost bought a gigantic one with a glass peanut on the top of it at a flea market, but I decided it was too expensive.  Maybe I can find a good one at Recycle North (or ReSource or whatever it’s called now).

Next up, here is some very impressive sewing that L did.  This is a case for her DPNs, complete with little number labels to keep the sizes organized.  She said it took a really long time to make this, and I am not surprised to hear that!  I do not possess the patience required to sew something like this.


A close-up of the button.

Some pretty vintage thread on wooden spools.

We spent a lot of time sitting in the living room next to L’s yarn stash, knitting.  But we also took a day trip to WEBS in Northampton, MA.  I didn’t take any pictures inside the store because I was too busy frolicking amongst the yarn.  I spent a lot of money there!  I got a birthday present for my mom, lots of cotton yarns for S to use in the baby blanket she’s making, a book with patterns for knitting dinosaurs, and some yarn for myself, of course.  The whole visit with L was good, but I think the expedition to WEBS might be the highlight.  “America’s Yarn Store.”


July 29, 2012 at 1:56 am | Posted in projects, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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I’ve heard people say that pooling of colors is one of the reasons that they dislike using variegated yarns, but that’s actually one of my favorite things about variegation, and why I have a strong tendency to pick a multicolored yarn over a single color.

If you haven’t heard the term before, “pooling” refers to the tendency of variegated yarns to form blotches of color or strange patterns when they’re knitted up into a finished garment.  Pooling usually happens when the item you’re knitting or crocheting doesn’t have the same number of stitches in every row.  Something large, like a sweater, would be quite likely to have pooling of colors.  I guess some people prefer even stripes, or a more blended look without any large patches of color.

The reason I like it when my variegated yarns make odd patterns is that I enjoy the unpredictability.  What are the colors going to do next?  This is one of the reasons that I sometimes have trouble putting my knitting down and going to bed.  I want to see how the next row will look, and the next row, and the next row.

Right now I am knitting a shawl with some green and white yarn that I reclaimed from a sweater.  The sweater had two strands of yarn, the one I am using now, plus a dark blue strand.  The variegated yarn was sort of hidden behind the other yarn.  You could see that it was multi-colored, but the sweater was definitely dominated by the dark blue color and not by the greens.  Now I have separated it out, it’s as if I have freed the colors.  It’s actually a really pretty yarn by itself, and I am enjoying creating this shawl and letting those colors play.  I’ve got some stripes and I’ve got some blendy bits and I’ve got some blotches and I love it all.

Look what my mom gave me!

June 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Posted in gifts, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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A whole bag of these big rolls of fabric strips!  There were 22 of them in the bag.  She got them at a yard sale, and then she shared them with me.  Thank you, mommy!  My mom knows my crafting habits well.  I’ve already started to crochet a basket, but I had to stop and put it down for a while because my wrist was getting tired.  I had surgery on my wrist a few weeks ago, and it’s not back to full strength yet.  Knitting is ok, but crochet is still a little difficult.  Anyway, I set the unfinished basket on the dining room table, and one of my cats immediately came over and climbed into it, even though he didn’t really fit.  Silly kitty!  I guess he was trying to tell me that I need to make a cat bed next.

I took this picture with my cell phone, so it’s not the greatest, but at least I captured a cute facial expression.  Cheddar the cat says, “you left this on the table and walked away, so it’s mine now!”

So, after I make a better-sized cat bed, what else should I create with this stuff? There’s enough to crochet a whole carpet!

What am I working on right now?

January 27, 2012 at 4:07 am | Posted in projects, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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I am knitting myself a hat!  Now, I already have a drawer full of knit and crochet hats at home, and many of them are ones that I made for myself before.  But sometimes you just need a change, or a little something new.  That drawer is due for a purge.  And I got this lovely and interesting yarn for Christmas.  My dad ordered it for me from this etsy shop.  It’s just the kind of self-striping hand-spun yumminess that makes a perfect knit hat.  And since the yarn was my gift, the hat is going to be for me too.  I have declared it!

Here’s a picture of the yarn from its etsy listing:

I’m hoping that I can finish the hat tonight while I’m at work so I can wear it home.

working on some gifties

November 5, 2011 at 2:31 am | Posted in yarn stash | Leave a comment
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I bought some of this yarn last night, but I’m not gonna tell you what I’m making with it!

Oooh, but I can’t wait until the package gets here.  Doesn’t that look just lovely to work with?

Sir Scrapghan the Sixth!

July 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Posted in projects, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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This one is twin-bed sized, knitted in ribs, with one strand of scrap yarn and one strand of some other yarns I had large amounts of (the green/white/orange/purple sections).  It has been delivered to my brother K, and is living with him at a state park for the summer.  Yay!

S had to stand on the couch and hold the blanket up so we could get the whole thing in the picture.


And I have already collected enough yarn for the next one, which is going to my best friend L.  I got really excited about it, and bought tons of scrap yarn on etsy and from recycle north, plus L sent me some to use.  I think I actually have too much, honestly, because L requested that hers be throw-blanket sized, so it won’t take as much as a bed-sized one.

I am doing something different with this next one, and I hope it will turn out well.  Instead of rolling all the yarn together into one massive scrap ball, I have been sorting it by color.  So now I have six scrap balls: red, green/yellow, pink/orange, purple/brown, blue/gray/black/white, and variegated.  I think I will use the biggest two, the purple and the blue, for L’s throw.

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