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Old 01-11-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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I'm a yarn snob... :(
While visiting my parents at Christmas, I bought a couple of wool sweaters at a thrift store, to recycle. Later, a dear aunt was visiting, and saw me happily frogging the sweaters, and thought it was about the most pathetic thing she'd ever seen! She then offered me two garbage bags full of yarn that she'd inherited from her MIL! How exciting is that? I'm still a fairly new knitter, and there's not much in my budget for supplies, so I was delighted. I got it from her yesterday. It's all worsted-weight acrylic.... oh well, she's not a knitter, and I appreciate the generosity!

At least it matches my [ugly] couch! And I have plenty of yarn to practice on.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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You could make an afghan out of it. Acrylic usually works better for afghans cause they're sooooo big and it's cheaper and machine washable, usually.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:26 PM   #3
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awww i can see some delightful colors in there at least (i LOVE green and orange...lol) but yeah not so much for the acrylic.

don't worry...you are amongst friends.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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Looks like there could be some very pretty combinations there of yarn though. I would go with an afghan, pillows things like that. Make them for Christmas presents, give them to charity, homeless shelters stuff like that!
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:43 PM   #5
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I recycling sweaters for my yarn stash. I have found 100% cashmere sweaters, alpaca and angora sweaters that I apsolutly love. I still kick myself in the beginning of my frogging days I would find these sweaters frog them and sell the wool on ebay. I always made money, but if I think of all the gorgeous wool I could have had I get mad.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:12 PM   #6
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This is terrible, but the first thing I thought was, "Yeah, maybe there's a reason they were stored in garbage bags." Shame on me, I know. The thing is, we have so many more options today than a knitter of your DA's MIL's era, who was probably limited to what was available at Woolworth's (which, ironically was probably not wool). If it were all we had, I'm sure we'd be perfectly happy with it, but we can't help but be spoiled by the splendor of fiber choices we enjoy today -- not just luxury yarns, but much nicer acrylics as well.

P.S. I wouldn't be surprised if your DA's act of generosity wasn't grounded so much in pity as it was an opportunity to reclaim her storage space!
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:14 PM   #7
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I would probably use the acrylic yarn for charity knitting which is also a great way to learn new techniques and patterns.

Also...I don't think frogging a Goodwill sweater is pathetic. I think it's creative, thifty and environmentally sound.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #8
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Woolworth was just the name of the dude who owned them. They're all gone, with most of the other 5 & 10's.
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Originally Posted by cawthraven
Woolworth was just the name of the dude who owned them. They're all gone, with most of the other 5 & 10's.
Yeah, I know. The older I get, the more nostalgic I become for stuff I never thought I'd be nostalgic about. I'm sure that's where my DG bought her crochet yarn.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:36 PM   #10
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Mine, too, I bet. I bet it was all Red Heart Supersaver.

I have three of the afghans she made on my bed right now. Plus we have loads more all over the house. I miss my grandma.
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