Super thrifted yarn contest!

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I know I'm supposed to be making pre-BlogHer posts, but I can't resist this.

Yesterday, while doing a bit of thrifting with The Princess, I spied a bag of yarn. I always look at the bags of yarn at the Goodwill, but 95% of the time, they are full of half-skeins of synthetics. This time, however, I saw something else. Since the bag was stuffed full and marked $4.99, I decided to take a chance and bought it.

The contents:


  • One hank of Cotton Classic 100% cotton yarn, yellow (retail $6)

  • One hank of Himalayan Yarn Co. 60% wool 40% recycled silk yarn, maroon (retail $9)

  • One skein of Noro Silk Garden yarn, 45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lambswool, Tan/Purple/Black/Teal/Rust (retail $12)

  • Two skeins Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk fingering weight yarn, 52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino wool, 5% combed silk, butterscotch (retail $8 each)

  • One skein of Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Wool, 51% bamboo, 39% wool, 10% nylon, Neptune (retail $7)

  • One skein of Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Wool, 51% bamboo, 39% wool, 10% nylon, Vine Green (retail $7)

  • One hank Berroco Cotton Twist, 70% mercerized cotton, 30% rayon, varigated (retail $5)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Pecan (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, unknown color (red/brown/white) (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Lagoon (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Surf (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Fern (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Amaranth (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Teaberry (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Hyacith (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Garnet Rose (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Byzantium (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Pistachio (retail $2.50)

  • One skein Elann Adara, 87.5% mercerized cotton, 12.5% linen, Waterfall (retail $2.50)

  • Takumi Clover #6 4.25 circular bamboo knitting needles (retail $9)

  • Takumi Cover #7 4.5 circular bamboo knitting needles (retail $9)

  • Two sets Takumi Clover #13 0.9 circular bamboo knitting needles (retail $13 each)

  • Takumi Clover #11 8.0 circular bamboo knitting needles (retail $13)

Total estimated value: approximately $149

Nice score, huh?

So, the contest: leave me a comment and tell me what you would do with this yarn if I sent it to you! What you would make and who you would make it for. One week from today, I'll pick the most awesome answer and send that person the works.

Go!

13 Comments

Well, not particularly awesome but I'll leave my boring comment anyway :)

I would totally make a super colorful sweater for the baby to wear on the nice cold beach to which I am moving, out of the Elann skeins. I'd try my hand at a hoodie for him (skeery). Any leftovers would be used to make matching mittens or scarf or both.

And the Panda silk? Well, socks of course! That should be enough for a matching pair for the baby and the 11 year old.

The Noro would be mittens for the 11 year old, the Himilayan recycled silk would probably be a scarf for my daughter.

Bamboo circs would be treasured and petted and placed in a spot of honor when they were not in use.

All that Elann would make lovely kitty blankets for the shelter. Stripey blankets for stripey cats! Some of the bamboo could be used for a pair of mitts that fit you, ha ha... but the Noro, hm? I think a pair of yoga socks, perhaps (mixed with another yarn).

I would use it for the ships project! I'm thinking about all the warm hats and slippers I could make for troops. I hear the berthing on carriers is really cold.

http://www.theshipsproject.com/Home.htm

That's a pretty fantastic stash you snagged! I'm thinking it would be great for some cute amigurumi stuffed toys! Maybe a shawl and baby booties/socks.

Well, I am a brand new knitter so nothing too terribly fancy. However, I would love to make a matching hat and scarf set for my little guys, and my 13yo dd is begging me for a scarf before winter rolls around. I'd love to make some socks, but I'm not quite ready for them yet. Maybe these would inspire me to make my first pair of socks!

I make little garments for the babies I catch to tell the families thank you for letting me a part of their growing family. It would be really great to have that to knit from.
Also....there's a new surprise coming in March & I'd love to make some baby stuff for them as those yarns great for springtime knitting.

I'm regularly making baby items to give away, and the fact that there are a variety of colours in somewhat smaller quantities here would be perfect for that.

I've never knit with any silk yarn before, I think that it'd make a really, really beautiful scarf for my Mama for Christmas. She deserves pretty things.

The Noro makes me drool. I'd selfishly make me socks.

I lack circular needles. I definitely do not have a size 11, 13, or 6. I think I probably have a 7, but I don't have any in bamboo... and I bet that they are divine.

The third skein down would look beautiful on Lem. I'd have to decide between a matching hat and mitts set or a little sweater for her.

Anyhow, it's been fun to look at the yarn. Best of luck to all commenters!

I'd FINALLY teach my friend Annie to knit! She's been asking for two years and I've been dodging it. I'd pick a nice skein, help her make a scarf or something, then surprise her with the bag full of yarn! She's unemployed. She would love that. :)

I am totally going to learn how to knit! My best friend is a knitting fiend and she can teach me and then I am going to make this hat for those crazy cold NH nights: http://www.domiknitrix.com/knittingpatterns/mohawkhat.cfm

I want to make a couple of these for trying to incite more people to be more earth friendly(and fill them with homemade goats milk soap I am making!):http://cgkstashbust.blogspot.com/2007/01/grannys-crazy-ass-church-bazaar-soap.html

A pair of these bitchin' almost mittens:http://www.marniemaclean.com/patterns/NearlyGloves/Gloves.html

A couple of these cutie dollies with any extra leftover stuff: http://www.ashidome.com/blogger/files/FREE_worrydolls.pdf

And I totally want this hat with that delicious butterscotch pumpkin color: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/pumpkin-hat.htm

Good score Grace! You are SOOOO lucky with the thrift stores around you!

Kara

Just stopping in from ICLW, and was impressed by your find (and also by your other posts). I'm not a knitter, but I have a die hard knitting friend, and I know she'd be drooling over this. Maybe not he most awesome answer, and I'm probably too late for the contest, but if I won, I'd send the whole thing to my friend Kathleen. BUT, it'd be a bribe to get her to come see me and my new baby. Because so far, she's putting me off..and I can't figure out if it's because she's busy or if its because of the baby. Does the thought of spending time around my 6 month old make her stay away? Curious that my frienship issues came out in this comment. Sorry!!!

I would use the cottons to make crocheted vases with flowers in various colors, and dishcloths. I would make the rest into scarves to give to charity, as my brother's mother-in-law has asked me to.

That's a gorgeous find. I'd make a couple of wraps/scarves for my daughters who hugged me everyday when I was having chemo, they got me through cancer and they deserve a hug back. I may attempt "198 yards of heaven" with the sock yarn for myself too.
Keep looking for more of these bargains!

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