Category Archives: Supplies

Weird Goodwill Find [NaBloPoMo]

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Jars of yarny goodness... So, here’s an interesting recent Goodwill acquisition – four nearly-new Mason jars full of eyelash/novelty yarn – each jar has a full ball, plus at least a partial second – these are quart-sized jars!  Each of these was 99 cents.  I figured that was worth investing in.

I’ve got about 70 irons in the fire today, so I’d best get back to them – have a great day, y’all!

Considering Yarn… [NaBloPoMo]

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Look at that lovely stuff!I have to say, as I approach my first Holiday Season as a crocheter and proto-knitter, I’m struggling a bit with veganism and yarn.  I’ve been a vegan for more than 4 years, and I don’t buy wool – with the *possible* exception of second hand.  However I really do like a good wool yarn.  I don’t know if that’s a side effect of having a mom who knitted with wool when I was a kid or what.  Maybe so.

There are a lot of synthetics out there, but then I worry about the environmental impact their creation makes.  On the other hand, cotton is a very water intensive crop for most farmers.  It can be done “dry” but then one is looking at organic yarn, which is a bit beyond my budget at the moment.  Actually, a lot of better yarns are beyond my budget at the moment. o.0  So I’m mostly stuck *wanting* to get fancy vegan yarns (bamboo, soy, etc.) but actually purchasing affordable synthetics.

Today I’m going hunting for affordable yarn I can use to create the Delicate Web Wrap from Hooked Throws.  You can see the pattern at Lion Yarn (it’s free) or at Ravelry.  (I was a bit freaked out to see errata at the Lion site – hope that’s not par for the course for my chosen projects from this book!!)  I have some ideas, and I hope I can find what I need – I’m hoping to make this for a relative for Christmas!  Wish me luck! ^_^

Nice Giveaway Over at Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe

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Alright, y’all – head on over to Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe and check out Ms. Brenda’s giveaway here.  Here’s the ‘deets, straight from the source:

The loot? A Fat Quarter Bundle of Red Rooster’s Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals. Hello! Yes, that’s 27 fat quarters. Every fabric in the line with the exception of the panel. Sorry folks, the panels were sold out on arrival… even I didn’t get one of those! LOL! Here’s the stash; are you drooling yet? The picture doesn’t do them justice, this is a primitive lover’s dream. They are earthy, muted and whimsical…You will LOVE these! Sunflowers, pumpkins, checks, stripes; this collection has it all.

You’ve got until “midnight EST on Saturday, October 31st”, so scoot – go check it out. ^_^

Birthday Goodies – A Belated Post… (Part One)

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This is über late – my birthday is the seventh of this lovely month – but I decided to share my goodies in a couple of posts.  Firstly, I decided to give proper props to my kids by giving them their own post, as they each contributed lots of loveliness to my day! ^_^

My Youngest made a large, sweet production about a Kiss on the Cheek.  An absolutely fab present if I do say so, myself.

Youngest Son

Youngest Son (Pardon the lack of shirt. It's a phase, lol.)

Middle Son gave me pin money from his very tightly cared for (hoarded? 😉 ) savings stash and basically said, go to Goodwill, look for yarn, knock yourself out.  So I did.  Couldn’t find any yarn, but I did find these three things, between the Goodwill and another local thrift store (benefiting Haven House)*:

Middle Son's Pressies

A small but lovely stash!  First is the Mere Poulard cookie tin from Mont Saint-Michel.  Found that at Haven House for 99 cents.  Pleased as punch with this, as it perfectly fits all my little crochet needles and notions.  You can’t beat a French biscuit tin for that, I figure. ^_-Biscuit Tin

I also splurged on a little remnant of Holly Hobby quilted fabric.  Mom made me a bathrobe out of the same print when I was little.  I’m hoping, if I can get my sewing machine sorted out, to make something from it, even though it’s an odd little leftover.  It’s in fabulous shape, though.

My final gift from Middle Son was a gently used copy of Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I have been wanting a copy of this book for ages and was delighted to find it at a really cake_mania2good price at Goodwill.  Used is recycled, which is great!

And last, but certainly not least, my Eldest urged me to download Cake Mania 2 for my birthday and funded said venture.  If you’ve not played it, think Tetris with cake, though it’s nowhere near as epic as Tetris, of course.  Several years ago I bought the original and played it entirely too much until I won.  I’ve yet to get anywhere close to that with this one, which is good on a variety of levels. ^_-  Hopefully that means I’m being more productive, haha!

I couldn’t be more thrilled – thanks boys! ^_^

*We have a third one, benefiting Caring and Sharing, which I love to support.  Good organization, great volunteers, important mission!  I just don’t often make it there during the right hours.

A Little Yarn Expedition

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I had to go into town, so while I was there I hit up Tuesday Morning and Wally-World looking for budget-friendly yarn.  I’m still a newbie, so I wasn’t looking for anything fine, just workable and practical yarn for a beginner.

Tuesday Morning was mostly a bust, ‘though there were two small packets of  Bernat Organic Cotton.   I didn’t think it was a good enough deal at the time (three balls for $4.99) so I didn’t get it.  In retrospect, looking at the Herrschner’s Yarn Sale, I guess it was a decent deal.  Ah well.  The Lion Brand Homespun *definitely* wasn’t at a good enough price.  Actually, I wasn’t hugely impressed by the whole store – the prices weren’t what I’d call…a bargain.

I  dropped by Wal-Mart’s craft section while I was out – I got 2 skeins of Caron’s Simply Soft Eco in White and one in Natural, as well as two Red-Heart Super-Savers, one in Dark Sage, and one in Claret – all for a dollar a piece.  The latter two I view as practice yarn more than anything else – a bit scratchy, but good for practice scarves, hats, etc.  The Caron yarn I love – I had already bought a skein of Ocean on sale ($2) for my middle son – he wanted a “lovey” blanket to cuddle under, which I did make – I didn’t think to photograph it, though – guess I should.  Their Simply Soft Eco line is really soft, though a bit friable – hard to keep from separating strands, sometimes.  The fun thing is – it’s partially made of recycled plastic bottles.

Skeins Scare Me or My Battle with Yarn Balls

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My First Yarn Ball ^_^  -- Berrocco Comfort

My First Yarn Ball ^_^ -- Berrocco Comfort

Well, at least a little bit.  While both the yarn skeins I bought the other day were center-pull, I decided to roll up the Comfort one for practice, using this post over at Ariadne’s weblog as a guide.  (I hear congratulations are in order over there, ya know.^_^)   I had tremendous luck rolling my first ever yarn ball – I even took a picture, haha!

However, after that, I tried a variety of suggestions, both online and from two books.  Now the online one worked out fine, but my skein management failed miserably.  I went from a nice neat skein, to a tangled mess.  I tried advice from the Klutz books I got recently, as well as Stitch n’ Bitch.  Now the suggestion from the Klutz books is to drap a skein over a chair edge.  I can see that – just not the way it is portrayed in the Crochet book.  I’ll spare you the gory details, but I was finally able to figure out that my husband’s top desk drawer was wide enough to keep my skein from slipping off and tangling, so all of my skein’s from the Klutz books are now properly rolled.  Now to actually dive deep into the actual practice of knitting and crochet. 😛