Wednesday, April 01, 2009


The finished cardigan requires no real explanation, so I'll go with that photo first.


The hooks and eyes worked out just as I'd hoped and I'm pretty sure I'll get a lot of wear out of this in the coming months.


The yarn, however comes from the crazy pizza place near my house (Emily, you know the one) where the owner's wife, Mary, runs a strange charity shop kind of all over the joint.


Really, it's an old school pizza joint - paneling, old booths, tile floor. But on every empty surface and wall and shelf, she's got bags of crap for sale. Gift baskets of crap. All labeled with descriptions and prices. And it all goes to charities that she does stuff for. They have letters thanking her, so someone buys the stuff, just never me.

Because it's stuff like old toys, a bag of polyester sheets, a poster of a clown, a small flowered table, whatever. Between the booths, on the windowsills, everywhere. And I AM a thrift store junkie, but honestly, the stuff in those bags is almost always waaaaaay too long in the tooth or useless or icky to begin with, that even with the $5 tag and the flowery descriptions, and the good cause, I still don't want it.

So imagine my surprise when Zoe and I had a slice yesterday and I noticed this peeking out from a corner in the window. I dismissed it as acrylic, obviously - what else would it be? But my knitting and thrifting radar goes pretty deep and I coudn't just dismiss it. There was something about the plastic bag that looked vintage, and the yarn had a little texture to it, maybe?

Whatever it was, I unloaded the bags on top and found this gem. All 100% worsted. Gorgeous colors. Tons of skeins. Two of each color. 14 total. Together they'd make one gorgeous fair isle bohus-y thing if I mixed in a dark brown body, wouldn't they??

$5. :-)

12 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow! That's like finding burried treasure!

mooncalf said...

I LOVE the crazy pizza place yarn. In fact I love the idea of crazy pizza place yarn. I love the phrase crazy pizza place yarn. I just can't stop saying it :)

Kathy said...

That's a riot. Pizza and second hand items. I wonder how much the thrift stuff makes people go there and then they get pizza. I love the yarn colors!

Carol said...

Whoa! Pretty yarn. Is it hooking yarn though? For those old latch rugs? Can you still knit with it?

Holli said...

Cardi looks awesome, Thea!! Really -- well done.

And the pizza place yarn - OMG -- what a find!

Thea said...

Nope, it's actually kind of softer - but not sooo soft. Like Lambs Pride, but worsted - really it feels like the Arcaunia Nature Wool I made a circle jacket out of.

Rachel said...

Wow! What a find!!!!

If you're still looking for test knitters, I'd love to volunteer. You can reach me at griffinra AT gmail DOT com

Hilary said...

Whoa -- that is one of the best yarn finds I've ever seen! The colors are so pretty.

And the new cardi - absolutely adorable!

Batty said...

What a great spring cardi! And that yarn... you're so lucky.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a terriffic find! Lovely yarn. So lucky!

yoel said...

What a steall! If it smells like pizza that would be even better :)

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Can't wait to see the Crazy Pizza Place Sweater...

Cardi is pretty awesome!