Thursday, January 04, 2007


Balls of yarn on the wall,
Ninety-nine balls of yarn,
You take one down,
Pass it around,
Ninety-eight balls of yarn on the wall...

I'm on a roll with my 100 ball destash project: I counted and organised the stash, identified yarn to donate, researched Canadian charities accepting acrylic yarn donations and even made some definite (and other more sketchy) plans for the yarn I'm planning to keep!

And here's what I made out of one lonely ball of leftover Noro Silverthaw: the Inca Snowflake hat from Susan B. Anderson's itty-bitty hats and sweet Korknisse buddies (or kork-ee's as Julian calls them ;0) until the yarn ran out. No really, all that with 1 ball of yarn! Cool, eh? Plus they're all just sooo cute! I love how the hat turned out. I sure hope I have a daughter some day...thye're just so fun to knit for ;0)

So that's 1 ball down, 99 to go!

As for the acrylic! Thanks for all of the suggestions for places to donate. I found a great list of Canadian knitting charities here and selected the Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf as the one for me. The little write-up about it totally won me over. Plus they'll accept anything knitting or crochet related for their Yarnie's Group including needles, pattern books, heck even your unfinished or abandoned projects! They have five 'frogging queens' who:

"enthusiastically frog anything we put before them; the sense of satisfaction they feel by contributing the recycled yarn is heart warming to say the least. This is an immense boost to their self worth and esteem since with their diminished abilities (ages 89 to 97) they are no longer able to actually make an item themselves."

So if any of you are looking to de-UFO guilt-free I thought I'd pass along the info ;0)


  1. Wow, thanks, Anny. I'm doing the sort and inventory this weekend and was planning to do some donating. You've saved me some research time.

  2. I love that hat! It is soooo cute!

  3. Anonymous8:09 p.m.

    i went to kenya this summer and taught some girls to knit.
    they are in need of needles and yarn still. if you want to get rid of your whole lot of acrylics, i think they would take it all!
    you can e-mail me:
    if you are interested.

  4. Great job in getting organized and de-stashing. I should make that a priority this year.

  5. Anonymous10:20 p.m.

    Oh my gosh, those are darling!!!

  6. Anonymous10:23 p.m.

    Photos of Korknisse make me smile -- they are just so darned cute. And what a great use for your unwanted yarn and UFOs! "Frogging queen" makes me smile, too. I could see myself being one of those in, say, 30 or 40 years. I hope :-)

  7. Anonymous8:59 a.m.

    Why wouldn't you put that hat on a boy? It is so colorful and perfect for either sex. Really!! And you want Lemon Drop to be bright & sunny with mixes of color right? The hat is beautiful and the Korknisse are adorable. I've got to make some of those I think.

  8. Anonymous10:07 a.m.

    I love the korknisse....every time I see a picture of any they are just so darn cute. And I love the hat - little hats in great colors are soooo cool. Nice job! Lydia

  9. Anonymous12:48 p.m.

    Those little guys are so stink'in cute!

    Gotta love the Noro.

  10. Anonymous12:54 p.m.

    The hat is gorgeous. I'm already saving corks for next year.

  11. Anonymous2:03 p.m.

    I agree, that hat is totally suitable for a boy. It is really cute!
    Good job researching charities acceping yarn, that will be really helpful to a lot of other people.

  12. Anonymous4:53 p.m.

    Hmm...Just when I thought I was through making anymore hats...

    Rock on frogging queens!

  13. wohhhhhh you have a lot of wool to get through! I've been giving the acrylic away and so glad I'm not the only one - before I discovered lovely debbie bliss and cashmere and real wool!!!!!!!
    love the cardy and the nursery! When we moved into our new house I was 36 weeks pregnant and just watched my hubby paint the house and get food, drinks, help clean up!!!

  14. That hat is just gorgeous and the little guys are so cute! Good luck with the destash!
    Jennifer (from Montreal Knits)

  15. Anonymous3:26 p.m.

    I love the bright color of the Noro yarn. The little Korkees are so cute, and I love the hat too. What a wonderful place to donate yarn to, it sounds as though they make wonderful use of it.

  16. That's the prettiest hat ever! And how cute are the little buddies?

    Oh, and I am stash-knitting, too!

  17. Anonymous9:19 a.m.

    I love the hat and the Korknisse people. How do you like the itty bitty hat book? I'm thinking about getting it.

  18. I'm so glad I saw your reference to itty bitty hats - I just received the book in the mail and adore it!

  19. Anonymous10:46 a.m.

    Alright, I'm not "in the know" - WHAT is "frogging"?

  20. These are just so cute, I am making them for stocking stuffers I cannot help myself. Thanks for your post, maybe it will inspire me to de-stash!

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