Apparently I am not the only person who finds that autumn is the perfect season to clean house.
Yesterday, after running errands, I checked my email and found that there was one from my son’s trumpet teacher. It had nothing to do with trumpet, but was an offer of 5 bags full of yarn for a fixed priced.
The price was too good to pass up, so I didn’t.
Today, after I had picked up my purchase, I hauled everything from the car to my outdoor office. Working outside gave me two advantages: one, I would make decisions about color in natural light; two, the cat would not be helping.
Here is what I got for my money:
With the bags safely situated, I began the work of finding out just exactly what I had purchased. In less than an hour’s time, I had the swag spread out on the deck:
Pleased and overwhelmed, I began a second tier sorting where I determined which things I would keep and which I would donate to a nearby non-profit. As I made my choices, I cam across several items of note.
One was this pattern for a crochet doll:
The original kit came with a doll’s head and hands. The instructions promise that they are written in “plain English.” While there was no time to look over the instructions today, this artifact definitely made it to my keep pile.
The next crafting coup I discovered was this vintage wool from Red Heart yarn in a colorway called Sherbet Mix:
I had already purchased a skein or two of this same yarn from the trumpet teacher, so I was beyond delighted to find three skeins in my purchase as I now have enough (with careful planning) to make a felted tote from this yarn.
The next surprise I stumbled across were these two Colorama ripple afghan kits that had been sold at Woolworths:
The yarn was marketed in these pint-sized kits, each kit containing enough wool yarn to make one ripple strip. A full afghan required the purchase of 12 kits at the cost of one dollar apiece. Once the twelve strips were completed, they could then be joined to make a full-sized afghan.
The last item that caught my attention was this crochet artifact:
This stitch that comprises this swatch is variously known as “diagonal box stitch,” “crazy stitch,” and “brick stitch.” I found this excellent tutorial at Crochet Cabana for anyone unfamiliar with this technique who would like to learn it.
I have had many excellent crochet adventures with the fiber purchases I have made from my son’s trumpet teacher, and I expect that this purchase will be no exception.
14 thoughts on “A yarn (ad)venture”
Wow! That is an awesome weekend!!!
I wish I lived near you, I would have loved to have assisted in the sorting process!!
Yes, I think I would like the sorting, too!
Oh my! What an awesome purchase. That would have been like Christmas morning to me! lol
OMG this is so hysterical… one of my kids was looking through my yarn stash and asked what they were supposed to do with all of the yarn if I croaked (none of them do any yarn crafts) – So I told them to find your address in my file and pack all of my yarn and mail it to you!!! LOL Now that would be a real windfall!!!! and all for free!
great buy! jealous in PA!!
That is SO awesome! I just love that Sherbert yarn, everything looks so cool!
Looks like a great stash!
Wow, how fun!!
Looks like you did get an early Christmas!! I would have been in 7th heaven with a stash like that to sort through!
Wow, how sweet of her to think of you! You’re very lucky.
My grandma made so many of them dolls.
They need to bring them back.
I was lucky like you last week. With a knock at the door, a long lost cousin of my hubbie, stood on the door step with 2 bin bags full of yarn and all for free – Woohoo! Enjoy stash busting!
Holy moly … the craft hoarder in me is insanely jealous … the minimalist clutter-hater in me says “I need to dump bags of my stash off somewhere soon.”
Good haul … you’ll make excellent use of it I’m sure!
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