It all started about a week and a half ago when I joined the group Yarncycle on Ravelry. This is a group based on the principles of Freecycle, in which people offer and give away items for free, nothing required in return. This is a fantastic idea for knitters, since we so often end up with yarn leftover from a project, or an impulse buy that just refuses to cooperate with any project you try.
I decided to ask the group for Malabrigo leftovers. I always seem to buy the same 3 colors of yarn: shades of green, blue, and purple, and I thought this would be an interesting way to compliment my stash with some new colors that I could then do some colorwork with. So, I posted a request on the site for the unwanted scraps of Malabrigo, and was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of people offered to send me things. For free! I was expecting a few yards loose in an envelope. Instead, I found my mailbox filled to the brim with generous amounts of yarn.
This is the first package:
The second package:
Then, at knitting group on Sunday, Pixisis was destashing, and I (foolishly) brought home 4 skeins of yarn.
Basically, I’m rolling in free yarn this week, and it is a lot of fun! But I feel like I have to keep the good karma flowing, so I have been offering up some freebies of my own. I have given away all my leftover sock yarn to a knitter working on a sock yarn blanket. Then I gave away 3 skeins of Knit Picks yarn to a knitter who was looking to try different KP yarns. Why not pass on perfectly good yarn that you’re no longer in love with to someone who could use it? It feels liberating to let go of some of these things and make room for new yarn and ideas.
And, since this is my 100th post, I have decided to continue with the theme of generosity and give something away to one of my lucky readers! I will be doing a random drawing from all the comments made on this post. You have until August 6th to enter (that’s one week!). A winner will be chosen at random, but just for kicks, why don’t you share what the most interesting free thing you’ve given or received has been. It can be knitting related or not, just have fun with it!
You want to know what the prize is? I suppose that’s not too much to ask. How about a copy of the Yarn Harlot’s latest book, Things I Learned from Knitting…Ooh, let’s go ahead and give away something else. I have a knitting T-shirt that is a ladies size small. It doesn’t quite fit over my girls, and as such has never been worn. It’s turquoise and says “Knit Wit” in red.
2 prizes, leave a comment to enter, I will draw 2 winners at random.
Pay it forward with someone in your life today. Random acts of kindness, no matter how small, are powerful and meaningful to us all.