Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Friday, May 20, 2005

Garage Sale Mania

First of all, before I launch into my latest adventures in garage sales, I'd like to thank Tammy who left me a link to the synopsis of Wednesday's episode of Lost!

Two days of garage sales - and so many sub-division sales that there was no way that we had the time or energy to get to all of them, so we stayed in familiar territory where we knew that last year's sales were good. All in all, I spent a little less than $5 and came home with four wool sweaters for recycling and a quart size zip-lock bag full of costume jewelry necklaces with lots of beads to turn into stitch markers.

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I'm not enthralled by the vivid orange stripes in this sweater but the basic color is a beautiful brown/rust/green tweed. The yarn is 91% wool & 9% acrylic, so it may not felt - I'll try a swatch before I make a bag out of it.

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These are the three I found today - the one on the left is a bulky 100% wool in black that I've already started to frog so I can use it with the purple & green Lopi for more bags. The grey one may be a bit difficult with that deep V neck, but I should be able to get enough wool out of it to justify the price. And finally the one that looks blue in the photo is actually a soft lavender. Both these last two are shetland wool.

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I finished the purple & green bag and gave it to my friend Pat yesterday at the K4 group. She took it home and felted it last night. I ran into her today at the grocery store and she's very happy with the way that it turned out. Pre-felted it was this size.

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I've already started a second one with a green base - these bags are certainly addicting! We already have 24 members in the Felted Bag KAL and many of us have plans to make various styles of bags for Christmas gifts this year. Come on and join us!

4 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

I really like the colors on your bag. When do we get to see the 'after' pic? (Yes, I am very impatient!)

11:32 PM  
Blogger Snooze said...

Hi there ! I linked here through Heather Chance's blog. Nice place you've got here!

I'm especially impressed with your reuse/recycle projects. I really need to do more of that. Unfortunately, a) the town I live in has a thrift shop but I've yet to see anything but acrylic and b) I'm north enough (exit 259 on I75) that garage sales won't start for a few more weeks. But I will be on the lookout...

I am enjoying your blog, and have it Bloglined. I'll be back!

Blessings,
Susie

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Pioggia said...

I have to thank you for coming up with the felted bag idea. I'm just going to cast on and improvise, which is my favorite way of knitting.

7:19 PM  
Blogger KniTaPaLooZa said...

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I love your colors. Those were the colors I was looking for today and they just did not have it.. Darn. I love it! Great job!

10:32 PM  

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