Saturday, March 20, 2010

Every yarn has its day...

...even bulky, 100%-acrylic yarn put up by the kilogram.

Yes, I said kilogram. That's two-and-a-half pounds, for the metrically challenged. Or if, like Piggy, you prefer to measure your yarn by its length, a metric mile: 1,500 metres/1,640 yards.

We're talking about a freaking ginormous ball of acrylic, here. Not, perhaps, what you'd expect a self-proclaimed yarn snob like Piggy to shop for. Or publicly admit to, anyway.

But acrylic has its place in my stash. Not a prominent position, to be sure -- especially in its pure form -- but for some projects, it really is the perfect fibre.

Such as this work in progress:

That's a big ball o'acrylic!

No, it's not a giant dishcloth (for your reference, that is a 32-inch circular), although it is indeed your basic dishcloth pattern. There's actually a hint in the top right corner, there...

Figured it out?

Ok, here's a better shot:


That's Ebony. Remember her?

The WIP isn't actually for Ebby; she's plenty spoiled enough as it is. But it is for a four-legged friend. Most likely several, actually: this is the first of what I hope to be several blankies for cats and dogs at the West Van BCSPCA.

I recently started to volunteer there on Saturday mornings. One of my jobs is to launder the animals' bedding. These are mostly old towels, which do the job, but also do a number on the washer and take a long time in the dryer. The staff members told me they'd welcome more knitted/crocheted blankies (or sewed ones using fleece -- but Piggy don't sew!), as they are lighter and dry in a snap.

If you are looking for a charity to knit/crochet for, you might want to consider your local chapter of the SPCA, Humane Society or other animal welfare organization. Check out the Snuggles Project, which has links to organizations who would welcome pet blankets.

And if you're a bigger yarn snob than Piggy, wool/acrylic blends and tough superwash wool are fine, too -- just as long as the finished blankie can withstand frequent machine washing and drying using regular cylcles. :o)