Chronicles of Yarnia

{Warning: } Fiber & Yarn addicts beware – heart palpitations, shortness of breath, overwhelming feelings of excitement and immensely loud shrieks of joy may ensue when noticing that the following post contains:

  • Ideas, Inspiration & Resources
  • (practically) Free Lush Novelty Yarns
  • Ramblings of a Nearly Mad Woman

Can it get ANY better than that? Well, probably so… but that would kinda kill the whole intro thingamijig I got goin’ on here.. so humor me, please?

 Yarn Porn

I seriously have  a love affair with fibers. I don’t knit. I no longer crochet – but I could never, ever get enough yarn. The root of the ‘problem’ lies in my childhood where sacred half-days of school resulted in a trip to K-Mart with Gramma to pick out a skein, and an absolutely delightful afternoon of crafts using the newly purchased yarn.  Heaven. Stories I will share another day.

Moving on….

Remember when I used to peddle all those luxurious fibers in my (soon-to-close) supply store … I amassed quite a collection, despite selling out of 80% of them and as some of you may know, I will be moving out-of-state in the upcoming months, and considerably downsizing my living space – ie, stuff. must. go. Let’s insert a moment of silence as we mourn the supplies I will be giving up for the greater good.

Hold on… still a sniffle here.

Ok. Better now. Back to my point – it is a classic tale of my loss = your gain. The (practically) free posts I have done in the past have gone so wonderfully well, I decided to do it again – this time with my *sniff* beloved fibers. The rules are basically the same.

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Why am I offering these practically free?

Firstly, to save me the headache & time consuming process of measuring, photographing, and describing each item. There are days worth of work within these boxes … and I just can’t find the time right now. Offering them like this, saves me from doing that workload — I’d charge more, but I know I’d hate spending alot on supplies sight unseen. Trust me though, these are all quality fibers that I either purchased to use myself, or sell in the store.  The value of each box is over what you are paying.

I’d rather share these with folks who can provide a loving home than simply toss them away! Besides, I got my start thanks to some incredibly kind individuals who cut me a break, this is partially my way of giving that gift back. If i didn’t need to make back some of the cost on these, I would gift them.. sadly, I am not in that financial position right now.

That being said – I have up for grabs so far:

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now 0 Flat Rate Priority Mail Boxes  STUFFED with fibers

$30.00 a box  (fee includes shipping & paypal fees)

(Each box holds between 25-35 kinds of fiber)

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Yards & yards + pounds and pounds of high quality, now hard to find, lush fibers  for you. The yardage per skein varies, some are full skeins, some just missing a yard or too, some only have 5-10 yards or so left.   Each deliciously stuffed-to-the-rim box has assorted styles, cuts & types -there are chenille fibers, boucle, eyelash, ladder, pom-pom, ribbon yarns & a whole lot more. The mosaic photos here show a sampling of what is in some of the boxes. Each box is different!

Need some inspiration on what you can do with these lush fibers?

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How to claim 1 of the 7 boxes:

  • First come, first served.
  • US Only – the flat rate box prices internationally are typically high. If they aren’t all claimed by US folks within a week, I will expand it.
  • Shipping can’t be combined if ordering more than one box, they are priced for the flat rate boxes & already packed up awaiting their new homes.
  • Paypal the $30.00 to khryctee (at) bellsouth.net … be sure to include your mailing address. If by chance all 7 sell out before I can update here, I will promptly refund your moolah. First paid/come, first served. Comment here that you took one too if you would – so folks know if I can’t get here quickly enough.
  • Promise to give them a good home, and have a wildly creative ball with them.

I’ve always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I’ll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life. ” -Karen Allen

Wishing ewe (yarn puns, can’t control myself) many creative joys – Chrysti.

P.S. – Have a link to a unique novelty yarn project? Comment here with it, and I’ll add it to the post if it suits!

Recycled Sweater Fun – 100+ Ways to reuse your old sweaters!

This post has MOVED to my new blog!

Hundreds of juicy links await you there, go visit!

http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti/2008/11/18/100-ways-to-reuse-your-old-sweaters.html

Thank you,

Christy

Showin’ Some Blog Love – Meet new Folks!

I have been ab-so-lutly horrible at keeping up with not only my blog, but also the blog awards some talented & kind folks have given me in our wonderfully creative community. So today, I am trying to set the record straight and pass on 2 of the recent ones I’ve been given, despite my absence.

It is ALWAYS a pleasure to know someone has sought you out, or thought of you kindly – I want to make sure y’all know that even in my absences, I am still more than grateful.

“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.”

– author unknown

A big thank you to Ava & Alberta  for bestowing this on me– this certainly brightened my day! Have you checked out their blog? It’s full of eye-candy, so go take a peek!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blog.

(It really does feel good to cross items off a list, doesn’t it?)

I always hate choosing people, and narrowing it down… so my goal for today is to avoid listing the people I usually do, or have given past awards to.

The 7 people I nominate are:

1) Seth ApterOk folks, this is just talent oozing over the edges here. A sense of community, art-to-die for, and always something new to learn will be found here.

2) Natasha WestcoatThere is just something about Natasha’s work, words and story that I’ve felt some sort of conenction to. Weird how that works — when you feel you know someone, without really knowing them. She’es generous with information, tidbits, tips and has a good business sense. An example to us all!

3) Danielle Thompson Her blog always blows me away. It is visually stimulating, and I think everything this woman touches instantly turns pretty! She is a gifted photographer and crafter as well – and I am certain you will find her as inspiring as I do.

4) Cheryl Prater – Such a talented artist, with an awesome sense of humor — and now an author to boot! (Her new book  promises to be amazing, and comes out this fall!) Besides, Last time i tagged her for something her response had me laughing and laughing. So why not give her another drive by today…

5) Cate Prato The genius behind the Self-Portrait Book I’m so excited to be a part of, features editor for Cloth,Paper,Scissors Magazine … with a really diverse, nostalgic blog. I love how reading her blog is like a lil glimpse through a window of a house you adore. Anyone that can achieve that feeling, is a-ok in my book. Besides, she makes me laugh and tolerates how anal I am. How can I not give her one?

6) Michelle Beschen She just may win the title for queen-of-all-things creative! I began watching her show B Original on HGTV a few years ago, and was instantly mesmerized. I loved, loved, loved her ‘anything is possible’ attitude, and her creative spirit is a huge inspiration to me. I’ve always shared her same philosophy – to just try… I love that nothing seems to stop her! She’s taking my class in August at the Covenzione, which has a wee bit intimidated – but more on that later – it deserves it’s own blog post!

7) Ophelia Staton – I met this creative talent through my now-dead group Altered Raleigh a few years back, and she has JUST entered into blogland folks! Let’s give her a warm welcome!

Nici also bestowed the same award on me – She is a dear friend, that I truly want to work on getting to know better. She is a kindred Spirit of mine – and I felt an instant connection to her when our paths first crossed a few years ago. She is a talented artist, writer and all-around amazing soul. If you haven’t yet been exposed to her — go do it NOW, you won’t be sorry!

7 more people I nominate are:

1)  Jane Desrosier  – A new to me blog that I fell head over heels for! Videos, Amazing Prim Art Dolls and more await you here!

2) The Funky Felter – What do you get when you combine adorable, super cool felted items… business sense, and a willingness to share — well go and look already! Resources galore and her items truly do rock.

3) Susan Bernard – Bipolar wellness blog. I doubt she even knew I read her blog, but as y’all know Bipolar disorder is an illness that I live with, and it’s always helpful when I can read about others experiences with it as well.

4) Francesca Burras – Dancing Girl Art! really, is there anything she isn’t good at? Paintings, Books, and so much more. A generous, sharing spirit – you’ll enjoy reading her blog.

5) Donna CookI think I first become a fan of hers through ZNE – I love her blog, her enthusiasm, her art, and her willingness to share. Be sure to stop by it!

6) Tiffany Jane– Not only is she full of talent, but her blog & flickr are a delight to the eyes as well! If you haven’t gone beyond the vintage path – you most definitely should!

7) YOU!That’s right readers — anyone who maintains a blog deserves this! Sharing of yourselves, your work and glimpses into your lives are an extraordinary sort of everyday brilliance.

The truth of the matter is — I could spend days listing off blogs I love, people that inspire me, and talent that will blow your mind away. The world, the Internet, and our community is full of interesting people – so take a lil leap today, and an extra moment and extend your hand to one. Who knows what gift, or enlightenment you’ll receive simply by knowing them.

-Chrysti (who is feeling so, so disconnected lately)