Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fruitful thrifting

Every Wednesday afternoon my three kids are out of school. Both me and Jay are off work aswell so Wednesday afternoons often turns into a mini-Saturday. It is a luxury to have the chance to hang out as a family in the middle of the week like this. In the winter time these afternoons often becomes skiing afternoons, in the summer they are pool or beach afternoons. And also, very often, they are just "hanging-out-at-the-house" afternoons.  I am not sure how I could live without it in my life before Switzerland. Because this is a Swiss thing. All kids have free afternoons on Wednesdays. Well, at least in our Canton*. Isn't that a treat?

Anyway. This Wednesday Luca went on a motorcycle ride with Jay and me and the girls went to a big Brocante**. And it turned out to be a very VERY fruitful thrift shopping afternoon. Just look at all this yarn that I picked up. And they had so much more yarn. It is Acrylic and Acrylic Wool blend yarn for a hook size 4 and although I am still working on my Gypsy Blanket  *Seems to be a forever project...) I can now see a new blanket project starting. A ripple. Yes! I want to make a ripple from this yarn. I have some grey yarn at home to add to the blue and green colors...

I can see that happening... something like this? The Stripe Generator is so much fun to play with.

I also thrifted these wonderful wool plaid scarfs. "So what on earth is she going to do with 8 wool scarfs?" you might wonder. You watch me. I am, of course, going to make a wonderful wool quilt from these scarfs. I can't wait to get started! It will be a perfect Christmas gift for someone dear.


And last but not least. This Wednesday afternoon was a great time for thrifting blue and pink fabric and sheets. Just look at this pile. Aaaaaahhhhhh. And I even found a vintage sheet pillow case, still in its packaging. I love that


I really REALLY get a buzz out of going thrift shopping, I have to say. It puts me on a high for hours afterwards and my creative mind works on a super gear (like a gear 10 or something!) with all projects and possibilities popping up like small idea bubbles around my head. Pop! Pop! Pop! Can you see them?


But still, I kind of regret I didn't get more yarn. I might just have to return tomorrow again... Good night lovelies. Don't let the bed bugs bite. I am not sure if I will be able to fall asleep at all with this buzzzzzzzzzz going on...


Kärlek
Annette


* Canton (Wikipedia) = territorial/administrative subdivision in some countries, notably Switzerland

** Brocante = flea market

10 comments :

  1. You got some really good finds! I love the wool plaid scarfs.

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  2. i get the buzz too from op shop finds in the same way you describe..i've been collecting scarves too with the same idea in mind to make a quilt but i don't have enough yet..and i only want wool so that slows the collection process down a bit..and my sheet collection is out of hand..i won't live long enough to use them all! :)

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  3. Hi Annette!
    How nice to have a mini-weekend in the middle of the week. Your thrift finds are awesome and I cannot wait to see the quilt made from the plaid blankets How totally Christmassy :)

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  4. I love ❤ the idea of a wool quilt - wow, *{thinks about all the woolly scarves in the local charity shop}* I must definitely give that a try - thanks for the idea :)

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  5. Vad häftigt med mini-lördag. Himla bra uppfinning.
    Lika bra som den spanska siestan, fast det var ett tag sen man kunde njuta av den. Naia vägrar.
    Man kanske skulle virka en rippelfilt.....det är väl snart den enda sortens filt som jag inte har gjort:)
    Ärligt talat, dom är vádigt fina. Visst gjorde du en?

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  6. Wow what a haul ...great thrifting day. I'm hoping this comment works and I want to say how much I loved your scarf...truly gorgeous !!
    Jacquie x

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  7. Wow you have thrifted some great fabric. Have you seen the crocodile stitch? im thinking of doing a scarf for myself using it but i think it will be a yarn eater.

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  8. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my blog, I am blushing. A magazine cover! Pooh, I can only dream... :-)
    Have a great weekend!
    Esther.

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  9. Oh my yarn, a STRIPE GENERATOR?! That's genious :D And so much easier than making an entire blanket just to frog half of it because it just didn't look right ;)
    xo,
    wink

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  10. Hi My name is Julia and I live in Australia, I am enjoying your blog because 20 years ago I lived in Switzerland too, in Canton Neuchatel. we had Wednesday afternoons off as well, I was wondering which Canton you live in??

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Kärlek
Annette

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