Friday, January 26, 2007

Slip Up? Make Up! (Yarn Giveaway)

So, if there were any bets out there regarding when I would slip up on that yarn resolution, whoever picked yesterday would be our winner.

Webs got me again, with an evil sale on Tahki Cotton Classic. I even recalled my resolution before I ordered it, but I could not be stopped. (I'm invincible!)

Do I even need any more Cotton Classic?


I just wanted it. (I still want it.)

And I am finding it hard to regret my order of 30 skeins. (Though evil, it is a great sale.)

Because, you know, someday I might actually want to make a Psychedelic Squares Afghan.

And as we all know, when that time comes, there will be no yarn left for purchase (not for blood or money) anywhere on the planet.

(You see how I got into this mess with the stash. I can justify any and all yarn purchases with that old "I'll need it during the post-apocalypse" line.)

Anyway, generally when I break a resolution (like that one about eating healthier, or the really short-lived one about never again imbibing alcohol, the one about meditating every day . . . ), I pretty quickly come to one of two conclusions:

a.) that the resolution was a mistake, that I was trying to be someone other than who I am, and that I should just stop that because it will never make me happy, or

b.) that the resolution was not a mistake, and that I should keep the goal in my mind (which, of course, I ultimately do not) but that probably "never" or "every day" is a *bit* excessive, and I should just chill!

Either way, I forgive myself, move on, and ultimately just forget about the whole thing.

It is interesting to me that this time -- while I cannot regret the purchase of the Cotton Classic (yet) -- I'm having a hard time "forgetting about the whole thing."

Maybe because the resolution involved doing something for others rather than just for myself?

Seems a little unlikely, because I am just not that nice.

Anyway, so I want to keep on keeping on with this resolution.

It is oddly important to me.

To keep doing this thing, I need to move on from this lapse.

And to do that, I need to do something to make up for it.

The easy way to make up for it would be to give up the Cotton Classic.

(That's not happening.)

Alternatively, I could make up for it by giving up other yarn -- in the amount of the Cotton Classic times four.

That I can do.

(I do have, er, quite a lot of yarn, much of it acquired in the same manner as the Cotton Classic: Online / Great Sale / Intense Greed / Vague notion that I'll *need* it someday.)


If you want some, drop me a line (anonyknitsATyahooDOTcom).

Let me know if you have a preference (or, for that matter, if there is yarn you just do not want), and give me your name / address.

I apologize for asking for this in advance (I promise not to use your contact information for anything other than sending you yarn), but I want to be able to do all the shipping in one go, without waiting for all the "winners" to get back to me re their direction.

I'll ship it to you gratis, to anywhere in the world. (All part of the penance.)

I'll keep this offer open for a week(ish). If there are more takers than yarn, I will pick by some random means to whom the yarn should go. If there is more yarn than takers, then I'll send the remainders to a local charity thrift organization.

Also, recall that I have cats. (They're not allowed in the yarn, but you know how that goes.) So if you have allergies, etc., fair warning.

The yarns: Sonata, 4 separate lots.100% cotton.

LOT A.15 skeins grey/gold/brown variegated (colour #9789), plus 2 skeins dark grey (colour #8972, not shown).

LOT B.15 skeins blues/tans variegated (colour # 9747), plus 2 skeins blue (colour #2499, not shown).

LOT C.15 skeins (less the yardage for a small swatch) rose/brown/greenishbrown/cream variegated (colour #9776), plus 2 skeins greenishbrown (colour #5310, not shown).

LOT D.15 skeins lavender/brown variegated (colour #9712).

Schachenmayer Crazy Cotton, 2 separate lots.100% cotton, self-striping. 50 g. 26 sts / 10 cm.

LOT E.10 skeins green/tan/cream (colour #80).

LOT F.10 skeins (less the amount for a large swatch) rainbowy colours (colour #89).

Lot G. Canapone, Green, 5 skeins less the yarn used in one swatch. 100% Hemp. 50 g / 156 m / 180 y. 24 st / 10 cm.

Lot H. Canapone, Orangey-Red, 7 skeins.

Lot I. Canapone, sort of a dark Rose, 7 skeins.

Lot J. JoJoland Melody, Mostly Pink / Light Red, 10 skeins.100% wool, ombre/self-striping. 7-8 sts / inch.

Lot K. Schaefer Anne, 1 skein. Handpainted Merino/Mohair/Nylon blend. 4 oz / 560 yards. 7-8 sts / inch.

Lot L. Opal, 1 skein.Rodeo, colour #1151.

Lot M. Meilienweit Cotton Spirit, 1 skein.Self-striping, browns.

Lot N. Meilienweit Megaboots Stretch, 1 skein.Variegated, reds.

If I have the maths right, that's 119 skeins, less some yardage for swatches.

So to top it off (30 times 4 = 120), Dishrag Cotton, not shown. I have way too much, even for me. If you'd like some, let me know.



Anonymous Cookie said...

Those WEBS people. They're an occasion to sin without even trying.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free yarn? Are you okay?? I emailed you...

We won't talk about my Psychedelic Squares WIP using dishcloth cotton. Yep. It weighs about six thousand pounds.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We already discussed this on Knit Me A River. Shannon fell off of the proverbial wagon, too, due to the clearance bin at ACMoore. Egyptian Cotton on sale is hard to resist. Therefore, clearance bin yarn should not, I repeat, not count. Should. Not. Count.
(I emailed you)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Anonyknits said...

All yarn counts.

If sale yarn didn't count, I could say I have very little yarn.

Which would be a bald-faced lie.

10:50 PM  
Blogger kelpkim said...

oh my...
i must email you.
this is truly impressive.
have a great weekend! :o)

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Oh, what a truly evil sale. I love Tahki Cotton Classic ... I've got a huge summer stole and some house slippers made out of the stuff.

And one lonely left-over hank of bright yellow... I think I need to tell my hubby to hide the credit card. ;o)

Emailing you -- I might be able to resist a sale (or not) but I can't resist a give-away.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Oh, what a truly evil sale. I love Tahki Cotton Classic ... I've got a huge summer stole and some house slippers made out of the stuff.

And one lonely left-over hank of bright yellow... I think I need to tell my hubby to hide the credit card. ;o)

Emailing you -- I might be able to resist a sale (or not) but I can't resist a give-away.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Ack, sorry for the double-comment. -.-

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a new knitter on a budget, you are a lifesaver! I have emailed you!

3:43 PM  
Blogger knit_tgz said...

I emailed you yesterday! Free yummy yarn is impossible to resist! :)

5:41 PM  
Blogger THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

I covet your Meilienweit and dish cloth yarns! I live to knit Ballbands and Meilienweit socks!

I will even knit you a cloth out of immense gratitude for any yarns you might send my way! Thus, I have e-mailed you!

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Susannah said...

I emailed you... and now I keep coming back to lust after the giveaway stash and wonder... that's normal right?

5:40 PM  
Blogger BigAlice said...

I too covet the Meilienweit Megaboots Stretch, but I have a bit of a stash problem myself. I'd rather it go to someone who'll probably knit it up a whole lot sooner than I would.

I was tempted by the Cotton Classic sale as well, but have resisted so far. I think it's the pile of skeins trying to bust free of the closet - they're a great deterrent.
Hello! I really enjoy your blog! I just found you a month ago so I'm finally going to break lurkdom and say hello.

2:49 AM  

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