Thursday, February 3, 2011

Most of you who know me, know that I crochet a lot! Some may say that is an understatement. I do carry yarn and hooks with me an indecent amount of the time. But I am in a crochet rut! A crocheted rut takes a lot of yarn and it's never pretty.

I try to make things that will be useful to someone, so that means I do a lot of charity items - hats, baby/youth blankets and a few scarves. I have so many hat patterns that I could put together a book! But the ones I make all seem to be the same or slight variations of the same thing. Like I said, a rut.

Yarn is not cheap and I want to be able to afford the guilty pleasure of buying it, so I get the softest yarn I can for the least expense. That means I buy a lot of Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" brand. But that can get boring too. There is very little texture using just the one brand of yarn. But I do look longingly at the other yarns and then just put them back.

For $3.99 I can get 355 yards of yarn and have enough to make 2 hats or one scarf or 1/2 to 1/3 of a blanket. Or I can spend $5.99 for 85 to 150 yards of yarn and maybe have enough for one hat.   At the higher price, one lapghan can easily cost $50.   I'm all for charity, but that kind of money stays home!! Especially when I use so much of it.

You see my dilemma.

So, I have decided that I need to find some homeless yarn and offer it a nice home.  The more eclectic the yarn, the better, as long as there is enough to actually make something with.  Maybe I'll find a crocheter who can't do it anymore and help them with that yarn-buying-urge that rarely goes away.  I could volunteer to be the hands that crochets what they can't.

So if you come across someeone who has a yarn stash...
please remember me.
In the mean time, I'll just have to start cutting up grocery bags to make some PLARN.  I just have to move all the yarn to find a place to work on the bags...