Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crochet Rescue Society

Do any of you do yarn rescue work? This is my third time, I think. A partially-finished blanket came into our prayer shawl group on Thursday. This blanket was made by Mrs. S. She's now in a care facility and no longer does any handwork.
But in her day ... oh my lands! ... Mrs. S. did a phenomenal amounts of all kinds of handwork. Mr. S. brought in her yarn, fabric, books, patterns, needles and hooks and all manner of things. There were piles. That woman had a stash. I think after they moved off their sailboat (they crossed many oceans), she decided it was time to spread out and start collecting :) Okay, here's the other side of the blanket.
It's an interesting piece, made in a shell pattern, very thick because you work one color on one side, and one on the other, and thus it's double thickness. Somehow. I don't have the pattern, so I can't tell you how that works. But I'll figure it out!
A few stains mar the white yarn.

I volunteered to finish it up as best I can. Not much yarn remains to do so. I'll wash it well, and it will be a lap robe for an elderly man, from our prayer shawl ministry.
I know many of you do yarn rescue work too, at your local thrift shops. You know -- you see a skein or two of some odd yarn, priced at 25¢ each, and you pick them up and give them a home. I did that with this yarn:
I knitted a scarf on my trusty size 19 needles.
I still haven't decided if this yarn is interesting and unusual, or just plain ugly. What do you think?
Originally $1.00.  I paid 50¢.
I made it rather bulky, I'm afraid, so I stopped after the first skein. It will be a good length for an infinity scarf. The yarn is soft, light, and warm.

It's just kind of odd-looking. I think. Or smoky and alluring?
To give it some pizzazz, I decided to add some beading along three sides, and then one run from corner to corner. I suppose that did help.
Julia and I are regularly surprised at what will sell at the market. I once made a hat with some crazy yarn, a truly ugly hat. Julia called it the bug hat. It was a muddy green yarn with black strands sticking out. They looked like a thousand antennae. After a few weeks, a lady came by, saw it, exclaimed, and said it was just perfect for her mother -- she'd love it! I smiled, took her money, and shook my head as she walked away. You never know!
So, somebody will love this scarf. Somebody.


  1. Fell about laughing at your hat story. Still grinning widely. ;-)

  2. I've never done rescue work- except when I adopted my pug.:) I love the idea of it! So many gorgeous works of art that just need a bit of love. And they will go on to bless others- all because of you. Wonderful. You're a woman of many talents! Lori

  3. I probably would have left the yarn in the shop. But what you have made with it does actually look quite pretty. Someone will love it.

  4. What pattern/s do you use for your prayer shawl ministry? I am wanting to make these shawls myself, in crochet, as my fingers go numb when I knit these days. :-(

    I think your shawl is wonderful. I like the description of smoky and alluring rather than weird. The colors are really pretty actually.

    Happy creating ~ FlowerLady

  5. I love the shade of green that your yarn is, not too sure of the type of yarn, though. The scarf does look nice and warm.
    My MIL would have loved that hat just as you described it also! She is a very unique lady.
    Enjoy your day!

  6. I rescue fabric from my local thrift stores (along with shoes, and purses.....). I would also love to rescue sewing machines, but the budget and the husband get in the way of that. You'll have to let us know when you sell your new scarf. I find it really difficult to guess what people will like, too.


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