Continuing Showers of Yarn

Since I didn’t arrive until about fifteen to nine, I was very surprised to find myself only third in the line waiting for a nearby Catholic Church’s rummage sale to start! Whoo-hee!

Once inside the gym I quickly scanned the goody-laden tables, which are arranged in the same way year and year: bake sale on the right, bric-a-brac on the back wall, toys/books far left, and soft goods in the center. I, of course, was looking for yarn. The closest I got was this beautiful autumn-hued cotton granny stripe afghan, which I’ll give to the foster care program. It’s Big, 52″ x 65″, and Beautiful, yet I think they only charged me $4.00!

The only price signs were on the clothing racks, so I didn’t know what I’d be charged for anything else until I got to check-out, where they keep a softly audible running tally as they bagged my treasures. Even though I had a large overflowing box, I still felt a small shock when they announced my grand total. In my head I was saying, Twenty-five Dollars?!, really? I don’t know what I was expecting. . .  fifteen?, Ten?, how about five, would Five have been low enough? ROFL!

I also got four wool skirts for rug hooking, pretty blue ones which have been rare at the thrifts, $2.00 each, so $8.00.

A long-sleeved tee for DH, two cds and a light brown cashmere sweater for me, $2.50.

A lovely mother of pearl necklace also for me, me, me, $1.00!! – photographed on the cashmere sweater I just mentioned.

Interesting how it changes color according to what it’s laying on.

I noticed a display of Mother of Pearl jewelry in a gift shop not too long ago. I hope they have some simple earrings that will look good with my ‘new’ necklace!

A bunny candy mold for recycling crayons, four fresh cans of playdoh, four beanie babies and two reels of grosgrain ribbon to freshen up teddy bears for foster kids. . . oh, let’s say $4.50 for all that.

Imagine light brown ‘milk chocolate’ crayon bunnies with a few striped Easter egg crayons. . . too cute!

Punch embroidery needles in three sizes (original tag, $9.99) and some purple crochet cotton, perhaps for experimenting with the needles,

plus this crochet pattern leaflet, all for $1.00.

I laughed out loud when I first saw the afghan on the cover. I thought it was a v-stitch pattern very similar to the Express V-Stitch Ripple that Mara and I worked so hard on! Once I got home I discovered there’s not a single v-stitch in Sr. Mary F. Strecker’s ‘Lacy Chevron’ pattern. It refers several times to shells instead. I’m intrigued!

As I was finally walking toward the check-out, I couldn’t help but notice the large clear plastic bag filled with yarn – in plain view behind the cashier’s chair! I gasped, pointing at it, and said I couldn’t imagine how I had missed seeing it earlier, that I’m always looking for yarn to crochet into charity afghans for foster kids. Without a second’s hesitation she said I could have it! I reacted, What!?! She explained that she’d set the yarn aside for the church’s prayer shawl ministry, but thought it could just as well be sold to me! This way the donated yarn will do twice the good; the church will get some money and the kids will get some blankets. It’s a win-win!

I paid $4.00 for the bag, which also held a little embroidery floss and three new sets of knitting needles. The #9 needles will go to my sister who teaches kids at her church how to knit and crochet, but I get to play with the interesting mix of Seven Pounds of yarn! I estimate that about three pounds of it is suitable for my charity blankets.

There are very few labels. The multiple balls of Royale are 100% mercerized cotton Fashion Crochet Thread #3.

Although this yarn does have labels, they show no brand name, only “SAMPLE, 85 gm, 51% Pamuk/49% Ackrilik”, which means cotton/acrylic. I wasn’t able to find it in the Ravelry yarn data base.  Maybe you recognize it? I think it’s dk weight.

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20 Responses to Continuing Showers of Yarn

  1. Verneta says:

    Woo Hoo!!! Yeah! I know you will make great use of each and every item!

  2. Allyson Gilcrease says:

    I’m pouting right here! Never find good sales. But glad that my friend does!! Can’t wait to see what goodies you make out of this find!

  3. daniellajoe says:

    Wow!! Nice and the colors are beautiful and best of all is the price 🙂

  4. JudyR says:

    Smart and Lucky girl!!

  5. GREAT scores, Linda, as always! I can’t believe the goodies you always manage to find. I’m a little jealous of the yarn in the last photo – it’d make up into great socks for hubby.

    • Socks, eh?
      I haven’t had good luck with using anything other than ‘real’ sock yarn for socks. We wore through them rather quickly. But then I’ve never knitted cotton socks. So you think cotton/acrylic would wear well?

      I was considering a summer top – there’s three skeins of that one colorway! A bright summer shawlette would be fun too.

  6. Liz says:

    Have you done anything with Mary F. Strecker’s ‘Lacy Chevron’ pattern? I know you are busy but I am waiting to see how it turns out.

    • No, I haven’t, Liz, and sadly for you, after doing three new ripples in November, I don’t plan to try any more new ripple patterns soon.

      But I just looked at the dozen finished examples in Ravelry, and only saw two negative comments, so that’s good. One called it a ‘fiddly crochet pattern’ and the other said the first row gave her a headache. lol. I think that’s probably a common complaint for afghan patterns since that’s when you figure out the pattern’s wording. Neither comment would scare me away. . . how about you? It is a Very Pretty pattern. Why not give it a try? 🙂

  7. Liz says:

    I am also intrigued by the Lacy Chevron. I love how it looks and it is, what I call, “talking to me”. I have that same problem with fabric. No, I am not crazy, I just love to crochet, quilt and many other things. I have tried to locate the pattern but I am not having any luck. I first saw the afghan on the TV show “Breaking Amish” and have been looking into it since then. Right now I am working on a Granny Square Ripple that is close to the Lacy Chevron but not as pretty.

    I don’t know where you find the time to do all you do. You are a very dedicated person and I admire you for that. Do you teach time management classes on the side?

    Have a wonderful day and I hope to chat again soon.

    • You might check ebay for a copy of “Afghans on Parade”, the out-of-print leaflet that the Lacy Chevron pattern is in.

      Oh, Yes!. . . I know how patterns, fabric and yarn can all “talk”. You are not crazy.
      Or, maybe you are, but it’s not because you think craft supplies “talk”. LOL

      “Breaking Amish” – Sounds interesting. I’ll see if either Netflix or Hulu has it.
      I’m in the middle of reading a memoir, “Why I Left the Amish” Maybe you’d enjoy it.

      ROFL – Me “teach time management classes on the side”!! – in all my spare time, right? lol.

      But seriously, I was self-employed for many years. With no boss or time-clock I had to learn self-discipline, which, for me, meant keeping a continually updated and prioritized to-do list. It helps me keep my attention on what really needs to be done or what I really want to do, instead of on what distracts me the most.

      I hope to improve on how I choose craft projects for this year with the help of my mini Post-It Craft Queue! (mentioned in the 2012 / 2013 post)

      • Liz says:

        The first epsiode has the Lacy Chevron Quilt on the back of the couch that the mother is sitting on. That’s how this all started. I took your advice and checked on ebay. I should have my pattern by the 10th. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

        I have always tried to do what I have to do and then do what I want to do. Lists do help. I like to cross off the finished chore or whatever.

        Have a great day and hope to chat again soon.

      • I’m so happy that you found the pattern booklet! I’m anxious for it to come so you can start on your blankie. 🙂
        Think you’ll finish the granny ripple first?

        Sometimes when either of us, DH or I, do something that wasn’t on “the list” we add it, after the fact, just for the thrill of crossing it off! lol.

        Do you ever do that?

  8. Liz says:

    I’ll try and finish the granny ripple first but we’ll see how that goes. I had to order more yarn to finish since the closest craft store is 30 miles away. Waiting for that too. Twiddling my thumbs a bit.

    My husband never makes a list so I make it for him. I do add things to my list too. I like to feel like I accomplished something.

    I also have someone that promised me a few dozen neck ties. I make angels out of them. You have to prioritize and I need supplies. Something is a bit off kilter there.

    • Hmmmm. Angels from neckties? Sounds very interesting.

      Hope craft supplies of one kind or another arrive at your house very soon!

      I can’t imagine being that far from any craft store – I can pick from three, all about 15 miles away. Of course there’s also our attic, which with so many years’ collected treasures somewhat resembles a craft store! lol.

      • Liz says:

        Happy to say that the yarn for the Granny ripple arrived on Monday and the pattern for the Lacy Chevron arrived yesterday.

        Now I have to pick colors for the Lacy Chevron. I read the pattern and it sounds interesting. Not the same old thing, if you know what I mean.

  9. Brenda Jones says:

    Hi I am trying to do the Lacy Chevron which is in the Crochet Fantasy Magazine and row 2 is just about made me want to throw my hands up and quit!! I have pulled it out to the first and tried it over and over and am still not understanding what she means sure wish someone knew of a place to get a diagram on how to do the first couple of rows. I am going back to try it again had to step away for awhile maybe I won’t be so frustrated this time. Thanks for listening to my rant and if you can think of somewhere I might find a diagram of the pattern you can email me.

    • Hi Brenda ~

      I haven’t tried the Lacy Chevron pattern yet, so can’t give you any help based on my personal experience.
      But I went into Ravelry and read the project notes written by many who have made one. – Seems that you’re far being the only person who has had trouble getting started! – I quickly came across mention of the very similar “Grandma Spiked My Ripple” pattern, a freebie, which just happens to include a stitch diagram. Yay!

      I hope it provides the information that you need.

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