What I did on Super Bowl Sunday

February 14, 2022



I watched the game, made chicken stock, picked lemons and limes, searched for a lemon curd recipe, washed some sweaters AND WENT TO A SUPER BOWL YARN SWAP! Sorry to shout, but I'm so excited. My local yarn store, Uncommon Threads, hosts a four hour yarn swap every Super Bowl Sunday. This year it was held at our newly built community center. The idea is to bring a bag of yarn you don't want anymore, full skeins please, and leave with a bag of new yarn, win-win. I have no problem bringing a bag of yarn to give, and usually walk out with a few new-to-me skeins to experiment with. This year I scored with a big haul of beautiful yarn. The room had four very long tables covered with baskets filled with yarn. Thousands of skeins, no kidding. Knitters were going crazy! Oh, and then there was also a table of knitting books and notions. 

I walked away with (clockwise from top right) an unopened bag, 20 skeins, of the original Rowan Denim in Ecru. I think this yarn could be as old as 40 years? Does anyone know? The label is an old one. I am going to wind up a few skeins and check over the yarn, but I think cotton should be fine. I'll keep you posted.

Ten skeins of Rowan Cotton Lustre in gold that I'm hoping will turn into a summer v-neck for me.

Four Skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima that will be a sweater for Carter.

One skein of Quince & Co Lark. I've always wanted to try it.

The last two are from Sincere Sheep, a local Napa Valley company that uses American grown wool. Both are sport weigh. The terracotta color is Coastal, a wool, silk, and linen blend. The gold is Cormo Sport.  I was not going for a color scheme, but somehow I did.

Can you even believe this haul? I'm super excited.


I also picked up a sweet little baggie full of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie leftovers. I've always wanted to try this yarn and I'm so happy with this little find. I weighed it and I figure I have a little over 600 yards. I will probably purchase one more skein and make a stripey cardigan for Carter. The original owner also left all the original ball bands with a snippet of color attached to each one. Thank you lovely knitter! And thank you to all the other lovely knitters. Your yarn is in good hands. I hope nice knitters are enjoying my Kidsilk Haze, Summer Tweed and Shibui, all beautiful but wrong colors for me. Best yarn swap ever. 

Oops, almost forgot, Happy Valentine's Day!



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12 comments

  1. Great find! Yarn swap is a great idea! Yvonne

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  2. Great haul, Kristen.
    I, on the other hand, watched the whole game. I was totally embarrassed by the half time show. Guess that means I am really old!

    Carole

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  3. I'd love to know how the swap works! Do you trade by yardage or by cost...? Just curious, as I've tried to organize one but wasn't sure how to make it "fair." Thanks!

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    1. Hello! As far as I can tell there is no real plan. I have never gone at the beginning, but I imagine the room is bare, people start to come in and plop their yarn down, then look through other yarn and take anything they like. Probably the big win is that participants get to unload unloved stash and give it to someone who will actually knit it. Finding new yarn to take home is an added bonus. My LYS told me that leftover yarn is taken to a senior center where they make a lot of charity knits. I would imagine people don't stay for more than 1/2 hour so you'll need to advertise well and make sure you have enough people. I went about midway and there were maybe 30 people and there was a lot of yarn. No one notices how much you bring in or how much you take home, at least I didn't pay attention. I think if you have a smaller one you might want to make some rules, maybe skein per skein? Good luck! I hope you do one, it's super fun. If you make it a community event, your CC or library would probably give you a room to use.

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  4. What a fun instead-of-Super-Bowl event!! And you're so fortunate to be able to pick your own citrus and make lemon curd - mmmmmm! Thanks for a fun post!

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    1. Thank you Janet. I pick my own limes but I have an neighbor who has an enormous lemon tree and begs me to pick as many as I want. I do feel lucky. And that yarn event, way better than Super Bowl!

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  5. WOW! What lovely yarn you were able to bring home. Enjoy your lovely yarn. The colors are gorgeous.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to think of the projects ahead!

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  6. You seem to live in Magic-land, Kristen. LYS's with sumptuous yarn swaps, lime and lemon trees at your disposal, and a gorgeous old house with a lot of space. We recently visited a friend's home with a newly redesigned kitchen. Large galley style. No island (on purpose), but with about 20 smoothly gliding drawers, all of which were filled to the brim in a way that made sense. It made me think of you. Love all of your cleaning and organizing tips and can't wait for the third installment! Chloe

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    1. What fun trip! I think your friend was so smart to put in a lot of drawers; she has a lot of space obviously. Smoothly gliding drawers is like a bit of heaven! thank you for commenting Chloe. Kristen

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