Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Building it better...

*insert flashback to the million dollar man intro complete w/ cool bionic sound effects that really are from the bionic woman intro here*

In years past I've fallen all over myself joining in on swaps, clubs and -alongs...only to be generally nonplussed. Don't get me wrong, I've hand fun and had some fabulous surprises, but in general things have fallen flat. Adding that to a rather tight financial year cemented my resolve to steer clear of the bright shiny joiner bling. Kind of sad, but you know, doable. Or at least that's what I told myself a grownup responsible mom of 3 would decide.

Being an adult is just so BORING sometimes.

I do love me a good surprise though, and is there anyone that doesn't like a spontaneous present now and then? Yup, the kid in me held a wee small rebellion, which grew to tantrum level when people in the yarniverse started making noises about a certain rockstar status yarn club opening registrations soon. At which point the biggest boy glued our budget to my glasses. Party-pooper.

Then this tweet from the Yarn Harlot ran across my screen:

"Maybe taking my own advice and matching stash sock patterns w/ yarns for a random sock of the month club. All in a box, pull one a month?"

OOOOOoooooooooo!!! I've been sitting on TONS of great stuff I've picked up on my various travels and adventures over the past few years. We're talkin' lots of Handmaiden. Dream in Color. Lisa Souza. Skeins lovingly hand-dyed by my friend Meg. Briar Rose Fibers. Mine own handspun. Socks that Rock even! Every once in awhile I take it out and play with it, but in general it just sits, patternless and longing for a function. (Quite sad really. Bordering on neglect I think. Please don't turn me in.) Now this stuff, I would LOVE to find in my mailbox.

Now wait, with a little effort I CAN find it in my mailbox!

With a little time on Ravelry and some printing assistance when I squeezed the last drop of ink out of my printer, the great unearthing began:


Happy patterns. Happy fibers. Hours of organizational geek-out. Ah, the ecstasy. A bit later, here's what I gots:

Close to 30 anonymous packages of various sizes and shapes. Absolutely no identifying marks. Nice mix of knit and crochet. Some are small and quick, some a bit more elaborate...and one project I'm even a bit afraid of. All ready and waiting to please. Here are my rules:

1) I get my pick on the 15th of every month.
2) I get my pick when I finish a hibernating or temporarily-exiled-and-then-promptly-forgotten-about project.
3) I get my pick when one of several select people deems it necessary for mental health reasons. (you know who you are...use the power wisely my pod.)

How fun is that? A year of surprises! A year of surprises I know I'll LOVE! And no more fabulous-but-languishing-yarn guilt! BWAHAHAHA! This is genius!

[and for those that must know, here's the list, totally cross referenced to Ravelry for you. all patterns, with the exception of one pair of socks from a booklet a wonder friend brought me back from Rhinebeck, are free (that was part of my no-expense deal with myself):

Fawkes socks (knit)
Chevron Lace Cardigan (crochet)
Diamond Ridges hat (crochet)
Poinsettia (knit...Knitty rules!)
Springtime Bandit (knit)
Silk Kerchief (knit...but mine will be alpaca)
Edelweiss Mittens (knit)
Flapper hat (crochet)
Crocheted Mesh Scarf (duh!)
Kalajoki socks (knit)
Zagnut (crochet)
Falling Tears socks (knit)
Knotty but Nice hat (knitty rocks!)
Earl Grey socks (knit)
One Row Handspun Scarf (knit)
Susie's Reading Mitts (knit)
Hedgerow socks (knit)
Mojo socks (knit)
Magic Mirror socks (knit)
Crochet Lacy Shawl (duh!)
Cross Skull Cap (knit)
Abby (yup, more knitty!)
Sunday Swing (...and more.)
Pebble Lace Crochet Tam (hooks and needles both, it's a 2-fer)
Elissa set (crochet)
Alpaca Angel (crochet)
1 pair of socks from the Thistle & Fox book
crochet ripple out of my own head (becasue it's malabrigo lace i bought for that purpose) ]

16 comments:

Auntly H said...

That is brilliant! Having just signed up for the rockin' sock club, though, I think I'll wait and steal your plan next year. :)

3anklebiters said...

why are husbands such party poopers with budgets? your idea is brilliant. i hope you get much enjoyment from it.

Ellen said...

Crazy idea add on- if you have friends with the same plan you could have an anonymous swap. Each package is packed the same and you won't know what you're getting until you open it. You can see my stash is preying on my mind as well!

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normanack said...

Genius it certainly is, and a lot of work, and satisfaction too, I'd think.
There are so many things I want to make, so many patterns I've marked or hoarded, and my stash really needs a good look-through -- I'm totally stealing your idea.
Do you ever get that slightly lost feeling when you finish a book, or project, or whatever? And you can't think of a thing to read or do next? Even though, ten minutes ago, you had a million ideas at the ready? You have solved this particular conundrum quite beautifully. Genius. Yes. :-)

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Gaile said...

I LOVE your idea. My stash is too often on my mind as of late. Even though I feel organized thru Ravelry, I'm really not. Putting pattern and yarn together this way is the perfect follow through. More of us should be doing this. Maybe more of us will?

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