Thursday, December 22, 2011

Two things

Yesterday, we delivered a bin of cleaned-up babies and another bin of small toys to the thrift shop in time for today's last open day before Christmas.  I'm always astonished at the amount of stuff that people donate.  And the wonderful variety.

I was just idly glancing over at the books - not that I need another book - and I recognized a Nicky Epstein book.  Now the prices here are insanely cheap very reasonable so, even though I don't actually need another 'needle' book, I couldn't help popping it in my bag.  As you can see, it's in great condition...I had to give it a home.  A closer look showed that it is crochet rather than knitting.  This morning, I sat down and looked through it and was blown away by all the different patterns.  I used to do a lot of crochet - I could be tempted again.  Some pretty nice stuff in here. 

This morning I began the next step in the reclamation process for my beautiful painted yarn.  It really looks so pretty when skeined.  But, unfortunately, it's not all that great when worked alone.  That was why I had alternated it with plain blue in its former life.  So, while it's pretty, it's not useful - into the dye pot it will go.  I'm still deciding what color will work best.  Right now I'm leaning towards a dark blue/purple.  It may take a couple of tries to cover the colors, though.

I'm going back to my niddy-noddy now. 


Ginny said...

So this yarn will not be near as pretty worked up as it looks in the picture now? Too bad! But I know you will dye it a real pretty color. What is painted yarn, what does it mean?

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I love that yarn...but I'm curious about your next over-dyeing ideas for it!

Rudee said...

I love Nicky Epstein's books. I have 2 or 3 of them--all over or on the edge of something. They're beautiful books.

Angie said...

I think the Big Warm Sweater looked great - very Kaffe Fassett.

EmptyNester said...

Is there no limit to your abilities?! I NEVER got the hang of crocheting. Never.

Mimi said...

I like Empty Nester's comment "is there no limit to your abilities?", and I echo it!
re the book, I think "need" doesn't come into it, and we always get something from each of those books. Plus you're helping charity, right?
I was thinking dark purplish blue, then read your same thoughts. can't wait to see how it works out, and it certainly does look great skeined.

cindy said...

I think I understood, the yarn not to be very pretty after it is coloured? I might have got that wrong. I had to have, as I have seen your work and you can make something undesirable be wanted by many. Ok, that didnt' sound right, I mean you can take something that's not and make is into something that is beautiful. I'm with you on the books, I was looking through my wire and bead books yesterday deciding to give them away because I have way too many and the book case is full. I'd need to give away at least 5 to buy a new one.


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