A Goodwill Windfall and Gettin’ ‘er Done

I’ve been busy for the past few days hanging out with my mom (who’s visiting) and acquiring more yarn. We like to go thrift shopping and bargain hunting together, so, well, yarn happens. There are worse things I could hoard, right? Well, sometime in May she was in town and we went to our local “Gucci” Goodwill, so named because it’s in a nice area and tends to have higher end inventory. We’ve had good luck there. I was standing near the staff only area when an employee came out carrying two medium sized plastic tubs. I quickly realized they were full of yarn. I got my mom’s attention and told her we needed to follow. We did and, when we started going through the two tubs, quickly realized we’d stumbled across a bonanza. One tub was priced at $30 and the other at $20. We bought them both.

When we got back to the house, we pulled everything out, sorted it and divvied it up. We took turns picking until everything was claimed. This is not everything, but here’s a glimpse at some of the stuff we ended up with:

IMG_2930IMG_2931IMG_2932IMG_2933IMG_2934Some of the stuff you see there is Roz Houseknecht Handweaving Thick ‘N Thin Wool, Colinette Point 5, Classic Elite Inca Alpaca, Rowan Magpie Tweed, Noro Sahara and Noro Gemstones among many, many others. We added up the total sticker price of everything that had a price tag on it (a lot of it didn’t) and got well over $1000. It was a little insane. A few of my projects so far have used yarn from this amazing haul, notably my Old Shale kids blanket which used Colinette Wigwam.

I have a feeling I’ll always be chasing that “yarn bargain” high! We didn’t find anything nearly so awesome today, but I got a few things.

Since my mom is here, I wove in the ends and blocked her Not a Buff so she can take it with her. I like the finished result a lot:

IMG_3672 IMG_3671She seemed pleased with it. I also finished my Valentine Helix Mittens to go with the Valentine Helix Hat:

IMG_3674Ends are woven in and everything! I must be turning over a new leaf. Also, I decided the Old Shale kids blanket didn’t need to be blocked after all, so that is now officially a FO. That’s three whole new FOs! Even though I haven’t had a ton of time for actual knitting, I’m feeling pretty productive.

The mittens were a bit of a bear. I don’t think I would do helical mittens again. They’re a little funky because the extra rows get a little squeezed when they start and end. I think that helical knitting for hand wear should probably be limited to baby mitts that don’t even have thumbs. I would knit this pattern again, just not the same way. They are supposed to be extra good at staying on (that’s what the long cuff is for) so I’m hoping that they’ll be useful.

Happy knitting!



  1. wolfberryknits · August 27, 2015

    That is a freakin awesome haul!! Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!! Well done :))))

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  2. Orange Smoothie · August 27, 2015

    Wowwweee! I’m inspired to find a Gucci Goodwill in my area! What a fabulous deal!!! And your FOs turned out great!

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    • andalexand · August 27, 2015

      Thank you πŸ™‚ It was a pretty awesome haul! I will be working through my part of it for the next several years, I think!

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  3. pkcacciola · August 27, 2015

    Wow! I echo the other comments made…what a freaking awesome stash and find! Great job on all the FO’s too πŸ™‚ I love your mittens…they look super warm. The Not a Buff looks super nice too. Is that a cowl?

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  4. Maggienesium · August 27, 2015

    Amazing! And that green yarn is lovely! I half way want to hire you as my yarns shopper so that I don’t have to deal with it (I seriously hate shopping more than anything) but still get a chance to play with cool yarn like that πŸ™‚

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    • andalexand · August 27, 2015

      Oh man, it would be hard to shop for yarn for someone else! But maybe fun!

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      • Maggienesium · August 27, 2015

        LOL! Oh I know, I was mostly joking/it’s a habit I’ve gotten into. Asking people who are really good at shopping for one particular thing, to shop for me, I mean πŸ™‚

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      • andalexand · August 27, 2015

        Yeah, I knew it was theoretical πŸ™‚ It’s interesting to consider, though.

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      • Maggienesium · August 27, 2015

        Especially since I have a moratorium on yarn going on! I’m totally out of space πŸ™‚ I am however getting this sock yarn (about to be discontinued) but that doesn’t count because I should have *just* enough room in the Yarn Bin.


      • Maggienesium · August 27, 2015

        The second I can get more yarn I’ll let you know though πŸ™‚

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  6. jennabee25 · September 18, 2015

    I had a similar things happen to me at own local Goodwill, though you certainly got cooler stuff! I did get some lovely things from there, myself.

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    • alexand knits · September 18, 2015

      It’s always just the luck of the draw. That one day was particularly epic, but I definitely strike out a lot, too!


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