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I Smell Yarn!

Lookie what came to my doorstep today–a nice full box of yarn! I ordered it the other day from Joann.com, and it really got here quicker than I thought it would. This is actually three or more projects waiting to be created.

Inside, there was 3 skeins of Paton’s Bumblebee Baby sport yarn in pastel colors: white, blue, and pink. So soft & cuddly, I just wanna squeeze it. These will become some baby items for a very special baby in the family, as well as a few charity items for the hospital. There was also some LusterSheen for a top I’m going to crochet and some Moda Dea Sassy Stripes yarn for my very first pair of socks that will be made for the Recipe for SOCK-cess CAL in Ravelry.

I should order yarn more often. It’s as much fun to get it in the mail as it is to walk in a store to buy it! Well, it can be just as long as you get what you wanted, which I did. Now I have more projects to do than I’ll ever get finished before this year is over. It’ll be fun trying, though, and I’m looking forward to each and every stitch.


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If the image at the left looks like a large blob of grocery bags, you’re halfway correct. It’s plastic bags cut into strips to make a “material” suitable for crocheting.

This weekend I went to another craft day at Lissa’s house with two other craft-a-teers. Learning to make plastic bags into a big ball of yarn that could be crocheted into just about anything I wanted is one of the things we did together. Carrie was the “pro” at the idea, and she and Lissa demonstrated how to fold the bags then cut them with a rotary cutter. While they folded & cut, I attached the strips together, making my very own ball of very plastic yarn. Now to figure out what to do with it. Carrie had a couple of bags she’d already made which were really cute, and Lissa was working on one for herself. I’m sure I’ll make a bag out of it, but I don’t know yet if I want to look for a pattern I like or just wing it. I guess time will tell what this plastic glob will become.

Among the other things we did: a knit hat was finished and we all checked the washer when it was time to see how much it had felted, a pair (actually a single) flip-flop was attempted to be made with some very thick jute, and we all crocheted and knitted, whichever was our preferred way of doing things at the time. We also talked, laughed, munched, and had an overall good time.

Jenn was a little late so she missed out on the plastic glob yarn making demonstration and the felting, but she jumped right in and started working on a market bag she’d been crocheting. I was totally delighted when she said she thought crocheting was so much easier than knitting and that she may just have to switch back to it. Now I don’t feel all alone when I bring out my hook and yarn. It’s good encouragement for me to start going to the Wednesday night “knitting” group again since she’s usually there as well.

Too, last time I was at craft day, I took a few of the things I’ve made over the year. One was a really pretty wire crochet bracelet done with gold wire and golden-hued beads (liked the one shown at the right). It was gorgeous, if I do say so myself, and I gave it to Jenn. She told me when she arrived this last time that a friend of hers wants me to make a couple of bracelets to try to sell in her store. How cool is that! So, in the next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to add some wire crochet projects to my WIPs.

All four of us decided we were going to try to get a table together at a couple of upcoming craft fairs in our area for the holidays. One can’t be signed up for until the first part of September and the other I need to call on and see what information I can find out. It’ll be my first  shot at a craft fair, and having a few other people to hang out with and craft with doesn’t hurt. I’m looking forward to it. Not only are my crochet WIPs going to grow in the very near future; my other crafty venues are going to get some attention as well.

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 I’ve been searching and searching for Sirdar Yo Yo yarn, in my LYSs & on-line. I finally found a site that had it, but I couldn’t find a listing for the price or how to order, so I emailed them. I got a reply today, with a link to the yarn. For a mere $73.98, I can own two 400g balls of this yarn. That’s quite a bit of yarn, I know, but that’s also $36.99 a skein, NOT including shipping. I’ve never in my crocheting-yarn-lovin’ life paid more than about 5-7 bucks for a single skein of yarn. Sad thing about this yarn in particular is there’s really not much out there that would make a good substitution.

Looks like I need to save up my yarn allowance if I truly want this yarn, as well as the jacket I’ve been wanting to make with it.

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I went to a LYS today. Well, it’s really not all that local, but it’s one I’ve been wanting to go to, and I was in the area, so we stopped by. I wasn’t impressed. I mean, there were some really awesome yarns there, but unfortunately, there was very little that had to do with crochet, except a few books. There weren’t even any notions geared for crochet, nor any hooks. I asked the clerk for some assistance in yarn substitution, but she didn’t have a clue what to substitute. It was a bummer of a visit, and I left there deflated, with one brow raised in a quizzical manner.

I know so many people think that knitting is “all that” and such, but you know, it gets really annoying that crochet takes such a back burner to the k-word, especially when both crafts have some awesome patterns and both use yarn. So what! if one uses a hook and the other two needles. Crochet is by no means inferior to knitting–or to any other craft for that matter. It really makes me want to open my own yarn store and gear it more towards the crochet, without totally ignoring knitting, as so many yarn stores seem to do just that–except in opposite order.

Needless to say, I left the LYS without a purchase. I know that tomorrow I’m going to another one–one that I’ve visited before–and I also know that I won’t be disappointed.

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