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The etiquette I learned in my culture of origin makes me squirm at the LJ custom of posting one's gift wish list to one's journal (which isn't a judgement on people who do it, it's a statement about me) but this is too funny to pass up.

porcinea memes,
If there is someone on your friends list who you would like to have go buy a really nice skein of yarn for you, post this exact same sentence in your journal.

I have the beginnings of a stash of really nice single skeins of yarn and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them. I guess I could produce a weird patchwork garment. Or maybe annoy my cat by making a lot of little sweaters for her.

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kightp
Nov. 18th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
*grin* I like the meme.

What would you think of the idea of a skein swap? Everybody sends in a skein of something interesting they haven't found a use for and receives back a skein somebody else sent in?

I've been contemplating organizing such a thing for a select number of my LJ friends, on the theory that it might jump-start our creativity...

On the "what do I do with all these single skeins front," I've seen some very nice triangular shawls and rectangular wraps that were knit side-to-side in plain old garter stitch, starting from the top and working down, with a new piece of yarn every row; the ends are left loose and tied into fringe. Randomize the yarns you use, and include some novelty yarns with interesting textures, and you wind up with a rather wonderful striping. Color-coordinate or not, as you desire.
firecat
Nov. 18th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
I kinda like the idea of a skein swap. And how about a small community devoted to results of same? I like the existing communities for fiber arts on LJ but they're so busy I don't have time to keep up with them.

I have a book that shows how to make a scarf using the technique you describe. Hadn't thought of doing a shawl that way - good idea!
kightp
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm e-mailing you about the swap idea. (-:

My ruana, which still needs some finishing work (finishing is my downfall!) was made via that technique, although using just three different yarns, and I love the way it turned out. More yarns would be even more fun, and I'm thinking it could be a great way to use up some skein-ends from other projects, too ...
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nex0s
Nov. 19th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
do you two (or anyone else for that matter) want to join my skein swap? it's a bit different than kightp's idea. details here.

n.
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supergee
Nov. 18th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
First paragraph: I hear you. I am managing to be a subcultural relativist about it
firecat
Nov. 18th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I'm trying...
ex_serenejo
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly managing it by doing my version of sticking my fingers in my ears and singing "la la la la la".

(The only thing that keeps me from a long, self-righteous post about it (and people who know me will not be surprised that self-righteousness is my impulse) sometimes is the whole "it's rude to tell other people how rude they are" thing that is also an etiquette rule in my culture of origin.)
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Be careful what you wish for - red_frog - Nov. 19th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
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sistercoyote
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
See, I would never, ever post my "wish list" asking people to gimme stuff - but I have posted it to say, "here's stuff I like - tell me other stuff this list makes you think I would like."

OTOH, I couldn't pass up this meme, because I am such a yarn slut and I trust that no one on my friends' list would think I was truly asking. :)
firecat
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
Recommendations are very cool.
porcinea
Nov. 19th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
I trusted that, too, but am beginning to wonder if I was wrong. Ah, well, if people don't know me by now...
firecat
Nov. 19th, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC)
I didn't think you personally were doing so. I just felt I had to add a disclaimer to my posting the meme, so that my inner grandma wouldn't swat me.
cha
Nov. 18th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
I need your address!~!!
chark@rocketbeans.ca
patgreene
Nov. 18th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have posted my wish list -- publicly, too -- not because I wanted people on LJ to give me stuff, but because my relatives were bugging me to do so. (They don't have LJs.) Posting worked better than email because I could change it if necessary.

IIRC correctly, the first two things one my list were "world peace" and "Russell Crowe's home phone number."
firecat
Nov. 18th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
That makes sense.

I hope you get your first two items!
patgreene
Nov. 18th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
Actually, I went back and checked. Russell Crowe's phone number was fourth on the list, after world peace, an end to hunger and homelessness, and a new president. While the other three were totally unrealistic, I am thoroughly upset I didn't get that last one :)
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