I tried to resist but I just wasn't that strong

@Canellita (12056)
United States
March 20, 2009 12:27pm CST
Yesterday my stepmother showed up with a massive amount of yarn that she had decided she was no longer going to keep. We both have an obsessive tendency when it comes to yarn only I sell what I make. It's like xmas in here with all this yarn and I have been itching to go at it an today I gave in and started a scarf with a variegated boucle. I love the texture you get from the boucle; it's one of my favorite yarns to work with. I had just sent her an email telling her I was at a discount store and they had all my favorites and that I had spent about $20 that I shouldn't have (my DH said "isn't time over for that?". Now I won't have to buy anymore yarn for at least a year!
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• United States
27 Mar 09
Yay for cheap yarn! I can't wait til rummage sale season so I can find yarn dogs cheap or whatever is out there for half price. Unfortunatly wally-world is the cheapest place to find yarn around here typically.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I'm guessing you mean walmart? Is there a Big Lots near you?
• United States
28 Mar 09
There is one about a half hour away that we get to once in a blue moon. Wal-mart is the closest to my house of cheaper places to buy yarns at.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
28 Mar 09
I have found some really good deals on nice yarn at Big Lots that sell for double or more at craft stores.
@dismalgrin (2607)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Haha, hand some over here! I love yarn too, my grandma has stashes of it in her basement and I like to go over there and dig around in it. But, sometimes I find something really cool and then she realizes how cool it is and changes her mind about letting me have it! Haha, right now I'm working a skinny scarf in green and pink yarn. It's 2 yarns held together to knit it, and it looks like a garden. I haven't had time to sit and work on it in awhile. Haha. Oh well. Good luck with your knitting.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
That scarf sounds nice! You'll have to post a picture for the rest of us to see when you get it done! I'm almost finished a scarf with the boucle; it's kind of a weird blend of turquoise, a medium-light purple and gray.
• United States
21 Mar 09
Oooo, it sounds turbulant. I love those colors. Never really thought of putting them together, though. Sounds cool. I'm either going to do up some more makeup bags after this scarf or hats. I can't decide which right now. My granny gave me some metalic looking yarn that I want to use. But, I want the chunkiest needles I can find and knit up a hat for myself so that my hair shows through the holes. I think that would look cool!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
28 Mar 09
Your hair would show through a snood and you could adapt the pattern to be a bit smaller to hat size.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
20 Mar 09
You are lucky. My Mom use to crochet and knit, she is unable to anymore, we always had slippers, scarves, doilies, dish clothes, sweaters, afghans, etc. Sure miss them, so I started crocheting myself, I can only do basic stitches, so I make scarves, pot holders, hot pads, and now I have found a basic square to make a pair of slippers. But, can't afford the yarn, oh, well will have to watch sales, and see if it goes down far enough. Have fun.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I have found yarn at thrift stores before.
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• United States
21 Mar 09
Thank you, I will have to check into that. Enjoy your yarn, you have a head start on Christmas gifts for this coming Christmas.
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• United States
21 Mar 09
Thank you I definitely will give them a try.
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@iridium (436)
23 Mar 09
i used to knita nd crochet but i've kind run out of space for it.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Do you mean you no longer have room to keep the things that you make?
@iridium (436)
23 Mar 09
yeah. that and space to keep the wool stash. theres only so many substandard jumpers one person can wear!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
28 Mar 09
ROFLOL! You can always recycle!
• United States
21 Mar 09
Id love to learn how to knit. I tried once but the book instructions were just way to complicated. I learn more when its shown to me. What is the difference between knitting and crocheting?
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• United States
21 Mar 09
Knitting has 2 needles and crochet has one. Haha. Once you get used to one you can usually identify what item has been done with what. I'm a knitter myself. My grandma taught me when I was 7 but all I did for years was the basic stitch. If you can get that far you have a world of opportunities right there. A very good book that I think teaches the basics very easily is called 'Stitch & B*tch'. Sassy title, very good book. My grandma has a book called 'The Knitter's Bible' Haha, she is always saying that hers is the better of the 2 books. But, if you want a down to earth easy to follow book, I reccomend 'Stitch & B*tch' Also, you might just need to find someone who can knit to teach you. Knitting is one of those things that is pretty simple to pick up, even if the teacher sucks at teaching and the learner sucks at learning. Haha. I can't teach anyone anything and my best friend does not follow directions very well. It tooks us a year, but I finally got her knitting! And she loves it!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Mar 09
There is a lot of information online including illustrations and video. All the yarn companies have info and free patterns on their websites so if you look around you could find something that is easy for you to understand. It took a long time for me to find a crochet pattern I could follow and successfully complete the project. Look for stuff that is little kid friendly because the language will be really simple and there will be lots of illustrations. Good luck!
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
23 Mar 09
That is GREAT that you have the yarn! How do you limit buying yarn? I tend to always look for the sales
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@kareng (13527)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Awesome! It sounds like you have a great hobby--and one that pays! My mother in law loves to crochet and knit and I picked up some yarn for her last year that was on closeout at less than half off. I think we bought every store in the city out. haha She told everyone that she won't have to buy knitting yarn again for the rest of her life!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Mar 09
That is awesome! There are so many different kinds of yarn and different ones are suited for different projects so I have all this yarn that looked great balled up in the package but didn't prove approritae for what I wanted to do. Now I have great yarns for just about everything and what I don't use for myself I can make stuff to sell or use with my students. I would get more, lol, but I have nowhere to keep it!
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@kareng (13527)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Check to see if you have a local "freecycle" list in your area at yahoo groups. I've gotten several boxes of fabric and yarn for my mother in law. People post things they do not want any more. It's a give and take thing! I've de-cluttered my house and also gotten some nice things there. Nice people too!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
28 Mar 09
I forgot about freecycle. The Green Project has a thing they do called recycle for the arts where they sell stuff like that really cheap. I have more stuff than I can handle at the moment because I have a lot of artist friends who give me left overs when they move on to different projects.
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• Taiwan
21 Mar 09
I used to knit a scarf for myself,very beautiful:)but i always forget how to do it again after a long time haha:) I'm crazy about cross stitch recently.I have finished several works.Do you like it? After accomplishing something handmade,i'll feel proud of myself.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I bought a little cross stitch kit but I have never done anything with it. I am almost finished with my scarf though :-)
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
By the way, there are a lot of websites with how-to information for knitting. It really is a good feeling after accomplishing something that.
@kissieme (777)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
Omigosh! I love crochetting ever since I've learned it in school when I was 11 I've been doing some simple crochetting ever since but I've never tackled anything bigger especially when I went to college. I didn't have that much time to learn more about it. Then nowadays, I'm mostly busy at work I couldn't do it anymore ugh! I miss it so much... I think I'm gonna try to take on crochetting again once in a while on weekends... thanks for this canellita... hmmm. boucle... I'm going to see if I can find it here in our crafts store... hugs...
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Mar 09
You sound like me when it comes to quilting! I can't tell you how many projects I have started and never finished! It takes a really long time to do all the patchwork let alone quilt it! For now I am just making scarves that I sell along with my other stuff because I have friends who work in fiber and I don't want to seem like I am competing with them -- people don't take that very well. One of them does some of the same markets so we usually check in with each other to see what we're each bringing out. Hobby Lobby has good sales and Michael's usually has a coupon in the Sunday paper. Jo Ann has regular sales and you can shop online with them.
@kissieme (777)
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
hahaha. I know how to quilt though.... On that department I don't have any problem learning by myself =P well, you can still compete, friend... since you're good at it, go for it!!!
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@makingpots (11920)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Oh, I got excited for you just reading that. Can I bring my needles and come over to play. Have fun, Canellita.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Sure as long as I can come over the next time you're throwing pots :-)
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
21 Mar 09
It's a deal!
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Good for you! I bet it's fun to collect different kinds of yarns...I used to crochet but in recent years haven't done much as I started scrapping and stamping! But have fun with all your yarn!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I never get organized enough for scrapping and stamping. I started out using stamps to make greeting cards but it was difficult getting the stamp evenly inked and then centered in the spot where I wanted it.
• United States
22 Mar 09
I know how to knit. now I just have to learn how to crochet.. lol I'm glad you found your happy share of yarn! Now I have to go and find myself beads and a bow making kit for a good deal...
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Thanks! I occasionally find good deals on beads at Big Lots of all places.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
Wow really? No yarn for a year? That must be a huge pile!!!You're lucky to have a stepmom who shares the same interest. Others aren't as lucky. Do you make a lot of money from selling the stuff you knit though? Or is it more of a hobby for you?
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Well having the winter scarves definitely helped my sales last year. I dye fabric and the silk scarves don't always sell as well in the colder months. It's not a lot of money but it's something.
• United States
21 Mar 09
I can understand how addictive it is. When I was in elementary school, my teacher taught the whole class and I knitted all kinds of funny shaped scarves all over the house. I was addicted to that and reading R.L. Stine books. Even now when I walk past that department in walmart, I resist the urge to purchase yarn and needles; I wouldn't even to know where to begin now that it's roughly 20 years later! LOL!
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Oh, it's like riding a bike. You can pick it up again easily! Lion and all the other yarn companies have instructions and tons of free patterns on their websites. The next time you are in Walmart see if you can locate the crafts clearance. Sometimes they have yarn marked down as cheap as $1!
• United States
21 Mar 09
With that kind of talent you should go to craft shows and sell
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Actually, I do. I had already been doing some textile related things so crocheting simple winter scarves was a natural seasonal addition. I'm very excited at the opportunity to get a head start on my inventory for the fall and winter shows. Sometimes there are too many and I can't make enough stuff to get to do them all.
@lynnemg (4538)
• United States
21 Mar 09
It sounds like you will be busy for a while now. My Mom has a lot of yarn herself. She used to make blankets and bed dolld all the time, but she rarely sold them, she made them for family and friends. She even won a couple of contests with her dolls. I wish she would get back into it and try to sell her work, she is very good. I bet that you will find yourself with many great ideas of things to make and sell! Have fun with it!
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Fortunately for me I teach crafting and art to little kids so I am always looking at books and online projects and finding new ideas and inspriration and because it's job related I have an excuse :-) I have yet to complete a blanket and I chose the wrong yarn for the one I was going to do so I will have to start from scratch once I am done with school stuff and art market stuff. I found a great website the other day with a knitting blog that has some cool stuff: http://knittingplace.blogspot.com/2006/03/alpakka-korketrekkere-alpaca-corkscrew.html
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
I do this too - I have been avoiding yarn stores because I can't afford to buy any yarn. I just love going into the yarn store and looking at all of the yarn and I always walk out with a project. I am going to knit a scarf for my sister in law, but I have to go to the store and just get the yarn for this. (And I'm debating a cable needle. I usually just use a double pointed needle, but a cable needle seems like it would be faster and this scarf has a lot of cabling).
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I didn't know there was such a thing as a cable needle. I have recently acquired some great books that have patterns that call for circular kneedles. I have been sticking to crochet this time around because the last time I picked up knitting needles I couldn't even remember how to cast on! One of these days I will have to get back to knitting. It does have some advantages over crochet.
@cher913 (25867)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
maybe you can make stuff out of the wool and sell it? that would give your hubby no reason to complain if you made a bit of extra cash! but i am like you. i like wool but cant do much with it besides crochet in a very easy style.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Oh trust, he is very supportive. He just meant that because the weather was getting warm he would have thought I would not be working with yarn. I do sell my stuff and he has one of the few hats I have completed.