Week 9: All about yarn!
Yeah, so somehow it got to be March 1st already. And somehow it is also Thursday again. It keeps creeping up on me and I keep thinking I’ll be prepared, or at least a little excited about having something to say. Nope. Still have the blog-writing blues.
So today it will be short and simple. This week I sold a ball of yarn: 350 yds out the do’! That was a nice feeling. For about 5 minutes. And then I went and spent all that dough on a swapless mini swap. Oy. This mini business is turning into a serious problem. I’ve also been stalking the Random Acts of Kindness Group on Ravelry again. It’s been surprising me how many things I have right now that I can actually gift to people. I love the feeling of doing something nice for someone else! I’m afraid that’s a little addicting in itself, so I have to cool it. It’s not like I have tons of extra cash for the packages I’ve been sending at least once a week (between swaps, books & RAK’s). But perhaps the goal of ridding myself of something once a week has something to do with this new obsession. As a side bonus I am using recycled packaging and recycled tissue paper etc. to wrap and send everything out for the most part. A clutter-clearing bonanza! Anyway, I found a very sweet lady who was looking for some Patons Grace. I happened to have two balls in my stash, one in the “Rose” colorway and one in “Tangelo”. I loved the colors and would have been happy to use them up for something, but I’m pretty bad with one-skein projects (never can seem to find any good ones) unless they are hats or mittens. And I’ve got more than enough yarn for those! So I gifted her those two yarns as well as a straight needle roll I got as a freebie from some magazine about a billion years ago. This feels pretty great!
I did get a little discouraged earlier this week when I went on a magazine hunting expedition through the house. While my yarn is pretty well organized, my magazines are only half-heartedly so, and it is sometimes a challenge to find a specific issue of something when I want a pattern. The issue in question was Interweave Knits, Fall 2009. I have become obsessed with the Slanting Gretel Tee pattern and have just settled on the perfect stash yarn for it. I looked for it in all of my “usual” nooks and crannies, to no avail. So this meant a lengthy dig through the dark recesses of the sty that is THE GARAGE. I suited up for extended deep box-diving and held my breath. It was so depressing that I can’t even begin to describe it without maybe shedding a little bit of a tear. Boxes and boxes of stuff I need to go through. With what time? I know. It’s disheartening. But after about 7 boxes, I hit paydirt. Magazine unearthed! In the process I also grabbed about 8 fitness magazines from 2008 that were stuffed in the same box, totally unread, and unceremoniously dumped them in the recycle bin on my way back inside. So it wasn’t really sizable progress, but it was better than just stuffing them back in the box, right? A little at a time. It’s all I can do.
And because I can’t seem to find a picture of either of the yarns I RAK’d, I’ll have to leave you with a completely different off-topic shot for the day. Check out these supa awesome buttons I bought at this etsy shop recently (the shop owner is a total sweetheart)! It’s totally counter-productive that I bought them, since I have no idea what I’ll use them for, but I had to have them. They make me happy!