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Tidying Up

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I spent many hours organizing my “office” that has all my looms and supplies. I can find things now, and yes, I was stunned at how much I’ve accumulated!

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Flea Market Finds

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Wow, do I feel sorry for people who don’t browse flea markets, searching for fabulous deals on things they didn’t even know they needed.

Take this sturdy red toolbox, for instance. It’s a perfect purchase to house the next treasure, Guro needlepoint yarn from Norway. This would have been enough to make my day, but everything got better when I spotted the Magic Designer, which appears to be some type of difficult Spirograph toy that could be awesome if I find the perfect-sized pen.

As if that wasn’t enough, I was brought to a standstill by these crocheted Gladiator-styled laceups. Attractive and practical.

How much did all this fun cost me? Just a bit over $20. Now that’s a steal!

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Find: Chenille!

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I've always wanted to try weaving with chenille… now I have over 1,000 yards. This stash of Lion Brand chenille was at Goodwill, along a fuzzy skein of something called Imagine. Now, I have to decide what to do with all that yarn. 

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Yarn! Shelf!

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What came first, the shelf or the yarn? Technically, the shelf. It's an old shelf I bought for a few dollars, and then I set it in the garage to sit for a year. I never seemed to care if it was in my little office or not… but that was before my mom me bought 28 cones of yarn! A jackpot from a weaver's de-stashing sale. Yes, indeed. 28 cones! 

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We're talking a megaload of yarn here. It's mostly vintage, acrylic (Wintuk???) but there are a few spools of wool (Black? Yes! I've always wanted black wool but never buy it for some reason.) Some of the cones are marked for machine knitting and appear to be about worsted weight, but the others are very thin for weaving. I love one of the white cones. It's an acrylic mohair substitute. It almost sparkles.

So, I have between 3,000-5,000 yards per cone–many are even more–and when you multiply that by 28 you get somewhere around the total of one hundred billion yards. Suddenly, my little workspace needs a shelf. And, as it turns out, another wall.

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What you can't see is my closet, which holds the remaining cones. I was able to shove them in there, somehow. So, the question is, what will I make with this? With one hundred billion yards of yarn, I estimate I will be able to weave approximately five hundred scarfs and 2,000 blankets, more or less.

I gained a wall because we decided to move my piano out into the living room. Now, I can keep my triloom closer to the wall. I'm working on a 7' size shawl right now, and I'll take all the space I can get. The yarn is Manos Maxima, which is blending into a stronger gray than on the skein, which had more lavendar and purple. I still like it so I'll keep going with it.

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