I had too many beers. Had my beer goggles on or something. At first, I thought, “Oh! Hello!!!!”Then it all got a bit out of hand. Everyone looked at me like I had gone a bit mad. Kicking myself now. And so, so careless! Right at that time, it seemed a good idea. Easily done in that light. Never again…
No doubt, everyone has yarn in their stash that seemed a good idea at the time. I have one burning a hole in my Yarniverse right now. It’s a monstrosity. I was told it was bought at the Knitters Yarn Con aka Yarndale. Of course, when I heard this, all I could think was “Let’s see it! I bet it’s an artisan’s skein!” Everyone around the table looked at me in sheer bemusement. For whatever reason, they thought it was the ugliest thing they had ever seen. I do not want to post a picture of it for three reasons:
- 1. If the “artisan” sees it, he or she would be hurt. I’m a lover and not a fighter. The last thing I want to do is offend someone.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think I see some funky potential in it. I remember seeing it and thinking, “This would make a cool trim for a poncho one can wear at Glastonbury with some very fashionable wellies!
- I kind of lost it in my Yarniverse. (That’s my story and I am sticking to it!)
There are so many reasons we end up with “ugly” skeins of yarn.
I spoke to some people who all admitted (under the cover of darkness) that they owned some balls of yarn that were of an unconventional aesthetic quality. There are so many reasons for these acquisitions. I was so fascinated, I wrote them down!
Here they are in no certain order:
- I inherited it from my dead Auntie Beatrix (not her real name). Don’t have the heart to throw it out.
- When I bought it, it was a really pretty blue. I have no idea what colour that is now. I call it “Kebab”.
- It used to be pretty but I have frogged it so many times, it’s gone a bit “bit-y”.
- It was so very expensive. So I thought, “Yes!” But look at it. It’s only a 50g ball, it goes with nothing, it is scratchy and hideous. Maybe it can be a dishcloth?”
- It seemed a good idea at the time. I thought it would match the cream Arran.
- I washed it by mistake. Maybe it can be used for hair for a doll or something. So I am keeping it.
- I have no idea how this got in my stash. Do you want it?
- Someone gave it to me. I didn’t want to say no.
- I dyed it myself. It was the first one I ever did and I used beetroot. But it came out like this.
- I spun it myself. It’s a bit wonky but I thought it looked a little artsy.
- It was on sale.
I will say so many of these balls, skeins, hanks and cakes make it into the charity shop, yarn bombs or newbie’s knitting bags. Be honest. How many do you have? We’d be interested to know.