Monday, November 24, 2008

A Productive Weekend

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Actually, I got a ton of work done around the house this weekend. I cleaned out my closet and my bedroom and packed up 3 boxes of clothes to send to an Appalachian mission that my church supports plus 2 bags of clothes for Good Will. This is the first time in about 100 years that the floor of my closet has been seen. I wasn't really sure there was a floor. I thought maybe that was where old clothes went to die. Anyway, I have a long long way to go to get this house back in some kind of order, but I'm energized now. Hopefully it will last.
I was able to get in quite a bit of knitting, too. Last spring, I picked up 5 balls of Patons Shetland Chunky for $1 ea. It was pretty and soft, but I really had no idea what I would do with it. Last week, my church knitting/crochet group received an e-mail requesting that we bring in whatever items we had collected or made for the Appalachian mission. We do a lot for the kids up there, but there is a nursing home with many in need. They were asking for blankets, towels, washcloths, heaters - warm stuff. I rifled through the stash that was lurking in my closet and ran across this yarn. I was able to start and finish a lapghan with the 5 balls I had on Saturday. It's a simple piece, worked double-stranded, completely in garter stitch. It is unbelievably warm and soft. I hope someone gets some warmth and pleasure from it.
After that, I started a wrap out of some off-white Baby Clouds I had bought on eBay about 2 years ago - also for the mission. It's amazing how warm this loopy fabric can be.

And now, on to the Throw Up Socks. I ran across this yarn on KnitPicks and just loved it. It seems to fall-ish and the name is just wonderful - Gingerbread House. It's a wool/alpaca blend, is so incredibly soft, and I was very excited to start working with it. HOWEVER, having 2 tweens in the house has a tendency to deflate one's elation. D#2 saw me working with it on Friday and said "That looks like colorful throw up." Gee, thanks! Yesterday, I asked D#1 what the yarn reminded her of. "Kinda like vomit," she said. Well, I like it anyway. But I guess the socks will forever be referred to as the Vomit Socks. KIDS!

1 comment:

magnoliasntea said...

Wow, to see the floor in ones closet...must be nice.
Kids! Tweens especially just gag at the sight of anything. I'm sure the Gingerbread House socks will be lovely. :)