Although I’ve shopped at the local historical society’s fall tag sale several times before, this is the first year I’ve donated boxes of ‘stuff’ for them to sell. When I made my delivery I asked the energetic volunteers, all busy sorting ‘treasures’, if they’d gotten much yarn among this year’s donations. “None so far.” was their disappointing answer, but I remained hopeful; there were ten more days until the sale.
Insert your imaginary image here of about twenty people forming a perimeter around a small parking lot filled with furniture, a dozen banquet tables filled with precious breakable treasures, plus many boxes and piles of assorted goodies!
Sorry, it didn’t even occur to me to take my camera, let alone use it. (Bad Blogger. lol.)
As I waited for a nearby church’s bell to ring nine, the signal to start shopping, a helpful volunteer pointed out the craft supply area to me, particularly The Yarn. Yippee! Someone had eventually donated some yarn!!
I made fast tracks at the first peal! Only after I’d gathered up all the large skeins and balls did I start peering into several plastic bags filled with assorted scraps. I was soon emphatically told I would not be allowed to select from among their contents – I had to buy complete bags. Yikes! Picking out the best hadn’t entered my mind, but I simply smiled and nodded, no need to irritate a newly-found yarn buddy.
Well. . . there weren’t any large WIPs in the bags and I own plenty of mini-scrap balls already, so I settled for my already ample haul. . .
of four pounds of acrylic yarns. . . for $4.50!
Added to last week’s RHSS from AC Moore, that’s nearly ten pounds of ‘new’ yarn for my charity stash. YIPPEE!!
But I wasn’t done.
I couldn’t resist stopping in at the local thrift, only a couple of blocks away. I didn’t find any more skeins of yarn there, but I did grab two hand-knits for the pound and a half of yarn they hold.
For just $4.00 I could
fill stuff a plastic grocery bag with clothing, so I also got two wool skirts for rug hooking fabric,
and two XXL shirts, which I’ve already cut apart, for quilt fabric. See how nicely they coordinate! I think there’s more than enough fabric here for the front of a patchwork baby quilt, but I may be tempted to add a peach and blue print of some kind. . . if I have a suitable one in stash.
I was able to
cram in neatly fold and add two short-sleeved button-down shirts for DH, as well as Rider jeans and a blue silk L.L.Bean turtleneck ($45 retail!) for myself – an especially nice find!
A few days later my sister visited, bringing two more pounds of yarn for my charity stash, including this very pretty teal, which Wintuk calls ‘Dark Persian’ and enough WonderArt Christmas Knitting Yarn from Frank’s Nursery to crochet two or three very festive blankets! Thanks, Sis!
That brought my recent yarn acquisitions up to thirteen and a half pounds, enough for nine ripples. Nine ripples means nine weeks of charity crocheting. For the briefest of moments I considered whether this meant that I should stop buying charity yarns for at least nine weeks, but then I realized nine weeks only takes me as far as Christmas! Feeling rather like a squirrel stowing away nuts for the looong winter ahead, I’m going to keep watching for great yarn deals!