The Kindness of Knitters

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.

15 thoughts on “The Kindness of Knitters

  1. That is a great idea to recycle yarns. I stash the leftovers from a project, and very occasionally use them. Making them go away is also a great idea!

    Here’s my kindest act: I knit an entire sweater (Aguave, you can see it on my Ravelry page) and it is gorgeous. But I only wore it a few times because it was swimmingly huge on me. This was before I learned about the magic of negative ease. I finally offered it to a knitter friend, because I knew she would appreciate the work that went into it. It fits her and she loves it!

  2. Congrats on 100!!! I love the feeling when little surprises find their way to my mailbox and so I try and pay it forward when I’m able. I love giving away knitting

  3. What a great idea for a contest!

    I’m particularly fond of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride yarn and my yarn karma has centered around that. Back in February a friend I met through the Hat Attack competition (she killed me, very nicely too) sent me a skein of both the worsted and bulky weight yarns, completely out of the blue!

    On the giving side, a few months earlier I was on a hat knitting kick and just wanted to try out a variety of patterns. One of my blog friends lives in a much colder climate than I do, so I sent her a winter hat (the non-lethal kind!) made from a lovely green Lamb’s Pride and apparently it matched her winter coat and she loved it!

  4. Oh, lovely yarns – I particularly love the green. Enjoy! I love the “pay it forward” idea too… I should search through my small stash.

    The best thing I ever got from free was my golf umbrella from my alma mater. I love that huge thing!

  5. Knitters are the most wonderful people!
    It would have to be the bicycle that my hubby brought home for our daughter. A co-worker knew we had a little girl so he brought a bike his girls had grown out of.

  6. That ‘Reading is Sexy’ tee is adorable!
    Thanks for sharing your story! That is amazing 🙂 Interesting free thing I’ve given? Hmmm… birthday gifts would be included right? I guess one would be a gaming joystick box! LOL

  7. Congratulations on your 100 posts. I think every single RAK that i give or receive is especial. It is such a great feel which lifts one’s spirit.

  8. Best thing I’ve been given knitting-wise was my knitting journal! Can’t work out how to link to it but it’s by CICO books and you can get it on amazon. It has sections on useful tips, adapting patterns, basic and advanced stitches, and best of all a ‘completed projects’ section where you can store the ballband, photos and bits of leftover yarn for repairs or emergencies. It’s excellent, and if I had any knitting friends I’d give them one!

  9. Congrats on 100 posts. The kindest gifted item is from someone I have no idea who it is. My husband is a Marine and was in Iraq when our twin daughters were born. When he got back and got to meet the babies we had the girls dedicated at our church. When he went up in dress blues and it was anounced that this was his first meeting with his daughters the congergation stood up and all thanked him for his service. After service everyone wasnted to speak to him. A day later the church called and said the tape was ready to pick up of the dedication. when hubby came home he said that after service someone came and gave the church office $100.00 to gift to our family as a thank you. $100.00 just given to us for him serving. We were SO grateful. We took the money and had our first date night in almost 1 year. Money well spent.

  10. Oh, I love the idea of that group, and I had never heard of it, so thanks! In terms of gifts, I’m currently going against my normal selfish knitting, as last week I offered to make a lady on Ravelry a chemo hat. I don’t know her at all, but her story moved me.

  11. Wow… I need to check out this freecycle for yarns. I have lots of things I would gladly send to others.

    I guess the biggest freebies I have ever given are CARS yep I have given away 4 yep that’s right 4 automobiles to families in need. I think I was a surprised as they were when i did it, lol. But I was glad I was able to.

    I am linking your contest on my blog, wha a great idea.

  12. What a great way to celebrate your 100th post….I guess I would say the best thign I gave to someone was 2 crocheted ponchos for a friends twin great neices…I have gifted tons of stuff but that was one of my favorite to do…I have been given so many great things out of the kindness of others including knitting looms, yarn, money for a vaccum cleaner, and the best of all is the friendship I have been given….
    Hope you have had a blessed day…….

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