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.