Sunday, January 24, 2010

making the most of what we have

Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money,
Maybe we're ragged and funny,
But we'll travel along,
Singing a song,
Side by side.

We're a pretty resourceful family, finding ways to make the most of what we have and turning extras into experiences/things we want. A few examples from the past week:

Have: 5 cones of 100% wool yarn scored for $2/cone at the weavers' guild yarn tag sale almost two years ago.

Leading to: A challenging cabled sweater that's being knit by Leah. Both sleeves and ~6" of the body are done now and she's just barely into the second cone of yarn, so the cost for this sweater's yarn is going to be around $6.

Have: A microcontroller experiment kit that includes servo, arduino, piezo element, potentiometer, photo resistor, temp sensor, and instructions/introduction to playing with it all. Worth every penny we paid for it.

Leading to: Our hefty stash of electronics components scavenged from discarded/broken electronics at our dump's put-and-take. The perfect next step for a tinkerer like Jesse.

Have: Glass buttons and stitch markers, handmade soap, knitting patterns we're done with, craft supplies and equipment we're no longer using.

Leading to: The above luscious yarns through a Ravelry swap group. Roving and fabrics (velvet, satin, brocade) for the seamstress still in the pipeline.

Have: Time in winter to finish (stain, 3-4 coats poly) and assemble a Kromski spinning wheel for a nonprofit organization whose work we support.

Leading to: Good feelings from a volunteer job well done, possible loan of their portable weaving loom for a few months.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Rani said...

how's the hat going. We keep trying ours on and giggling. hee hee. I'm desparately trying to finish it for tonights Vikings game (mine will not have horns).

Dwarven Battle Helmet (ravelry)

12:51 PM  
Blogger Nebraska Knitter said...

What's the name of the sweater pattern?

Nebraska Knitter

1:18 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Looks like a Kromski Polonaise? That would be a great trade - how big is the portable loom?

8:32 AM  
Blogger christinemm said...

Love the swapping and 'making do'. You have abundance!

11:27 AM  

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