Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Circle of Yarn

Recently, I got a call from a woman I barely know, and she offered me yarn.  Free.

A friend of hers was unwell and unable to continue knitting, which is truly sad, and I shudder to think what my life would be like if that happened to me.

Anyway, she gave her entire HUGE stash of mostly novelty yarns to this woman.  She, in turn, gave some to one friend and some to another friend, and kept what she wanted, and still had bins and bins full.

A mutual friend mentioned to her that I'm a knitter and crocheter, and so she called me.

It's the circle of life for yarn stashes.

An hour later (how could I wait?!), I was at her place, collecting yarn.  "I'll take this, and this, yeah, sure, I can take all of it!"  Well, she wanted me to!  Storage is limited at her place.

I've kept whatever colors I couldn't resist (see above), thinking at the very least, I could make some charity scarves.  Amazingly enough, I am at a point where I have so much yarn, I didn't feel the need to keep every last bit.

I contacted the Community Projects Chair in the Fiber Arts Guild, as well as another member of that group, offering free yarn to all and sundry, but I never heard back from them.  I actually gave them a couple of weeks as a deadline, because storage at my place is limited, and my feeling is, you snooze, you lose.  I'm a mercenary when it comes to yarn.

Luckily, I was able to give a few skeins to one friend, who is fairly new to knitting and interested in playing with this novelty stuff.  The rest went to another friend who not only took some for herself, but was able to give bags full to a group at her church, where they make prayer shawls for people who are sick, or otherwise miserable.  I like knowing it's all being put to good use.

Here are a couple of simple scarves I've crocheted;  more to come.  And my free "recipe" for this simple crochet pattern is here--just scroll toward the bottom of that blog entry.

Monday, April 11, 2016


This roving started out as red, white, and blue Corriedale (thanks to Elisa, who passed it on to me).  Strangely enough, to me, it looked purple from the get-go.  I just knew all the colors would blend in the spinning.

I plied it with a very thin, marled black and white thread I picked up somewhere along the way, so I ended up with 255 yards.  It's almost a novelty yarn, with its uneven texture.

Don't know what to do with it yet, but I enjoy looking at it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Four (or Five) Tops

Lest you think I haven't been quilting, here are several tops I've finished in the past few months.  I still need to do the actual quilting, but at least they are in the queue and the fabric is out of the stash.

Most of these tops are for baby-sized quilts.

I gathered the various fabrics for this first one over the past three years, from this or that shop run or sale.

I've done two with this next pattern, from donated fabric, and they will be going back to our guild's Community Projects, and then off to local children in need.

I love the bright colors and it's such an easy pattern!

Meanwhile, I had complicated plans for this fairy fabric, involving fussy cutting and probably appliqué, and I finally realized I didn't want to be that fussy with it.

So I was going to do big squares and sashing, and just churn the thing out, but then kinda got bored with that idea--way too simple, even for me--so I did half-square triangles.

And the last pattern is called, "Charmed, I'm Sure," available at Quilt Ventura.
It's also a small throw or lap quilt.
I really like the slightly glittery fabric mixed with a little bit of batik.

Now back to knitting!