Thursday, February 24, 2011

Knits for Needs

Do you love making things but are running out of people on your gift list? There are people out there who need your knitted or crocheted items.

Based in GA  Knits for Needs  is  a wonderful project which fiber people all over the world are supporting. Knitted and crocheted items such as hats, scarves, & blankets, etc are sent to KFN and they are  forwarded on to places where they are needed.

Knits for Needs
PO Box 551
Woodstock, GA 30188

Check out the blog at Knits for Needs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Who is manufacturing the yarn?

Surely I couldn't have bought all this yarn? Some secret elf has been at work stuffing it into boxes and closets and tote bags while I slept. I just found 6  boxes of handspun cotton. SIX boxes!!! What was I thinking? Not only do I buy yarn but I also make it.

Ok, here it is in writing---I'm not buying one bit of yarn until I have made a huge dent in "the stash".

Let's face it--getting on tv because you hoard yarn is really, really going to look bad. People always ask me what I do with my handspun and I laugh and reply that I put it in baskets and admire it. Well, apparently that's exactly what I do with it. I am a process person--no apologies, that's what I am. I enjoy the doing. The product just isn't that important, or at least it's not my focus. The craft world is divided into process and product people. The product people are those that finish things. They have a goal and follow through on it. They buy yarn with a purpose in mind. They know what they want and they work until they achieve the end result that they want, or as close to it as possible.

Those of us that are process people tend to have a LOT of unfinished projects around. Once we figure out how to do something, we are usually ready to move on to something else--hence the unfinished projects. We buy yarn because we love the feel of it, or the look of it. It may remain in the stash for years unused but still appreciated. We can sit at our spinning wheels and produce boxes of handspun yarn without any plans whatsoever for it's use. We are happy in our endeavors. Every once in a while we will run into a product person. Show and tell time is where they excel. We look at what they have done and secretly resolve to do something about finishing a project so we will have something for show and tell also. We are also a bit delusional in this regard. Now every so often, we do finish something, much to our surprise and the surprise of our fiber friends. (Nonfiber people are never, ever allowed to see our stash. They would never recover from the shock of the volume.) Finishing something is always celebrated and we resolve to do more of that in the future but , well, the best laid plans and all that.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Where does the time go?

I can hardly believe it has been 5 months since I last posted on my blog. I have been busy but not THAT busy, surely. I would resolve to do better but a promise like that might involve guilt . Hopefully I will post more often but if I don't, please know that the thought is there--somewhere.

January Spin-in 2011 had 123 attendees this year. Our record high so far. I think the room may hold another 15- 20 and then we are going to have to limit the registrations if we are to keep the vendors in the same room as the spinners. Several groups came through with skits/songs and they were very well received. It's a good thing we can laugh at ourselves.

The CBSG skit involved some very impressive costumes. Perhaps the one that really  had the most time invested in it was Connie S's mermaid costume. How many people would knit a mermaid tail and top for a skit? 

The theme for 2012 is Shawl We Dance so I have started the search for the shawl that I will make to fit the theme.  I'm so glad Ravelry has so many available patterns.