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HopkinGreen
Chatty Knitter

182 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2005 :  7:53:22 PM  Show Profile Send HopkinGreen a Private Message
I originally posted this in the wrong place here... still new to this forum. It's easy to get lost here

I definitely have too much yarn now. In addition to my already ample stash, I just "inherited" a HUGE lot of yarn from a nice lady who has retired from knitting and crochet. (It was a mystery collection being sold by the son of a lady who ended up in assisted care. But it didn't get here 'till after a lot of other yarn hording I've done recently.) A lot of it is so very beautiful - but I haven't the faintest idea what I'll do with all this stuff.

In particular, there is this paper yarn that I was looking at from her collection. It has kind of a feather boa quality about it. Reading the label, you notice it's a "dry clean only". Given that I am reluctant as it is to hand wash (though I certainly do for what needs to be) - I KNOW I'll never want to use this yarn. (I'm not a fan of dry cleaning.) It's made in italy and is 80% nylon and 20% acrylic. The one in my lap right now is a bright red. I have a couple skeins of this stuff as well as a lot of other novelty yarns I know I'll never use. It's cool - I just don't think I will ever use any of it and I'd hate for it to sit in my basement for many years - never to see the light of day again.

I have so many others skeins here - almost impossible to list them all. I really don't know what I'll do with all of it. The lady had everything from angora and mohair to the cheapest acrylic. It's quite a range of quality that we're talking about. But even the acrylic is kind of interesting - as it's stuff from fifty years ago where they don't even make that color anymore. There are of course your standard skeins of Red Heart - that I couldn't care less about. But there are also rolls of 100% orlon which are very nice - as well as various cottons, and nice wool blends. Some of it is stuff I'll either use or find a way to use becuase it's so nice and the color is great. But I'm not a big fan of pink. There is some pink cording similar to Lame yarn as well as some other pink things I don't think I can use as a registered tom boy (psst, don't tell them I'm knitting...).

Of course I can sort through this huge pile and see if I can sell it off bit by bit on ebay. But I'm not sure if I'm up for that...

Any suggestions?? Help!! What do I do with all this yarn??!!

blwinteler
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Posted - 10/27/2005 :  8:41:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
Put it up for sale or trade here. There is a section just for that. Just take an inventory, put up what you want to get rid of, and put a list of prices and anything you would take in trade. Shouldn't take long to get rid of it that way.

Take care!
Brandy

My finished projects

We are but 8 score young blondes and brunettes... all between 16 and 19-and-a-half... cut off in this castle with no one to protect us! Oh... it is a lonely life. Bathing... dressing... undressing... knitting exciting underwear ....(Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tale of Sir Galahad)
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queenmaxine
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USA
472 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2005 :  08:10:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit queenmaxine's Homepage Send queenmaxine a Private Message
I am new to this forum and don't want to seem greedy, but I 'll certainly jump in if you are offering. I am heading up a charity project for a local non-profit where I want to make 30 scarfs by Dec 4. I aim to get it done if I have to do it myself. Donations from your stash would be greatly appreciated and I would be willing to send you postage.
Just let me know if you are interested.

My blog is not strictly knitting, but there are occasional WIP updates and frustration or bragging rants as I am a new knitter.

www.nolanoni.blogspot.com
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mokey
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  08:25:36 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Have you thought of dropping it off at a seniors centre or a church? Those places often have holiday sales and they could use the yarn to make bazaar items for their fairs.

"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
www.femiknits.blog-city.com
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HopkinGreen
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  09:35:19 AM  Show Profile Send HopkinGreen a Private Message
Great suggestions all...

I do rather like some of it - more so than I thought it would. But there's no question that I *have* to LET GO of some of it too. My husband filled three HUGE plastic bins with just the acrylics and it didn't seem to make a dent really!! (eesh!)

I know many (including myself) are normally not big fans of acrylic. I can understand that. But some of the colors really are unique - and so fun and cheerful.

But even ignoring the acrylic (of which I have enough to build a small house) - I still have about three times that in wool, wool blends, angora, mohair, cotton, merino and novelty yarns. It's taking up an area in our living room about four feet by four feet - with stuff in vinyl bags all over our bookshelves. It looks like our living room has been attacked by a LYS.

Someone else asked me about letting go of some of my mohair... but I'm rather attached to that stuff, especially the more subdued colors...

But I know I can weed through and pull out a lot of acrylics I can let go of. I'm probably still going to hang onto my wool though for now.

queenmaxine - Do you have a preference on what kind of materials you are using in your scarves? Color preference? Fiber content?

There is a senior citizen center here that I would like to contribute to if all else fails.

I also have a sampler afghan I started a long time ago and was making progress on - but I bought about two or three times the amount of yarn than I needed and I also discovered a yarn that I'd much rather do the afghan in. So I'm thinking of putting together afghan kits - complete with pattern (I can easily buy two more), a set of Susan Bates hooks and yarn. I should have two or three of these kits together fairly easily…


http://ethanalgernonflowers.blogspot.com/
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Atavistic
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  09:59:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Roll around naked in it.

Or am I the only one who does that with all of my yarn?

Um....

Amanda

"Is that my Not-Mine Sweater? Whoever gets that Not-Mine Sweater is very lucky."
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mokey
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  10:57:08 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Amanda, stop exciting the lot of us!

"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
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HopkinGreen
Chatty Knitter

182 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2005 :  4:17:21 PM  Show Profile Send HopkinGreen a Private Message
queenmaxine - I sent you an email just now with a list of the yarns I'm giving away here. I've also posted the list on the right topic (hopefully) for destashing (Stash Reductions - HUGE YARN GIVE-AWAY)

I stopped itemizing when I got to my half ton of acrylics - which just need a home. I also have some other paper lace yarns I dind't list and some other unusual (probably vintage) novelty yarns.

not that the other suggestions here were's interesting... but we don't have our curtains up yet... (and aside from that, I'm not sure if anyone would want yarn that I rolled in...)

Giving it away to charity or other worthy causes seems best.

It might be better to take a lot of this stuff to the senior citizen center nearby and save me the shipping costs. But if someone here really wants some of this yarn - I'm willing to help out. I just want to find a home for all of it...



http://ethanalgernonflowers.blogspot.com/
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HopkinGreen
Chatty Knitter

182 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2005 :  4:27:27 PM  Show Profile Send HopkinGreen a Private Message
queenmaxine - I sent you an email just now with a list of the yarns I'm giving away here. I've also posted the list on the right topic (hopefully) for destashing (Stash Reductions - HUGE YARN GIVE-AWAY)

I stopped itemizing when I got to my half ton of acrylics - which just need a home. I also have some other paper lace yarns I dind't list and some other unusual (probably vintage) novelty yarns.

not that the other suggestions here were's interesting... but we don't have our curtains up yet... (and aside from that, I'm not sure if anyone would want yarn that I rolled in...)

Giving it away to charity or other worthy causes seems best.

It might be better to take a lot of this stuff to the senior citizen center nearby and save me the shipping costs. But if someone here really wants some of this yarn - I'm willing to help out. I just want to find a home for all of it...



http://ethanalgernonflowers.blogspot.com/
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franna724
Seriously Hooked

USA
633 Posts

Posted - 11/02/2005 :  11:33:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit franna724's Homepage Send franna724 a Private Message
I'm currently knitting winter garments for the men's homeless shelter held at my church. PM me if you're interested in making a donation.

Anna
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Shalee
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2041 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2005 :  05:51:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message
I had a friend that was very sick, with cancer. She gave me all of her yarn but it was all acrylic (no I'm not a yarn snob) which I could not use. There was enough to cover a single bed at least 2 feet deep! I have 2 other friends that use acrylic and they were only to happy to go through it and pick what they would use. Use it they did, all of it has been made into various beautiful projects, not knitting.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!
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The Irish Ewe
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1052 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2005 :  6:00:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Amanda, I thought you promised to keep that secrect!

Oh, you meant you, not me... er...

Seriously, we're hosting a afghan sewing night soon - any local charities that could use it?

The Irish Ewe
Norway, Maine
http://www.TheIrishEwe.com
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