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.