This was originally posted January 3, 2013
As I clean and sort and decide what’s worth keeping and what is not, I find it irresistible to take ugly yarn that isn’t worth keeping and turn it into something that is. These were pastel weaving yarns and crochet cotton purchased from a thrift store years ago. I couldn’t resist the bargain, even though I hated the colors.
The cotton crochet thread was vintage, probably 1970’s. The quality of the mercerized cotton from that period is noticeably better than what you can purchase now, with a sheen and smoothness you can no longer find. It makes beautiful tatting thread, or scrumbling, or embroidery.
The Rayon boucle weaving yarn was in a pastel peach. It was a pleasant enough color, but I have never cared for pastels, and had to fix it! (In the middle of the night.) So I did some microwave dyeing and made color magic.
I dyed a small amount of silk, which I already started to braid for a kumihimo necklace cord. It was in these shades of wine, which I find really appealing.
Now I can pack away these threads for another day, in another home. Won’t I be happy when I open this box? I didn’t get any sleep, but I gave myself a present last night.