Monday, April 9, 2012

A Big Ball of String...er, Yarn!

 Anybody remember the book A Big Ball of String?  It was mine as child, and Max used to love to have Jeff read it to him when he was little.  But I digress...

My mom and I were busy yesterday, creating the big ball of yarn that I will use to make a scarf for her (and possibly me)(we think there will be enough)(and we like to match!).  This involved cutting the yarn to length (2, 2.5 and 5 yards) and then tying the ends together, in order.  Took more calculations than we originally thought, but I think we (read: my mom) figured it out.  Here's how we did it:
We measured the distance we needed, and wrapped the yarn around two chairs.  My mom sat and held the ends while I went round and round with the yarn, in the worst game of musical chairs I've ever played, lol!
Then we cut the yarn, and laid it on my dining table, in the order of knottage.
At first, I thought I'd be knotting until the cows came home...but it didn't end up taking too long.
 
Gorgeous!  Although, we surprised at how small the ball of yarn ended up being...we'd both envisioned a REALLY BIG BALL.  So we made it happen, via optical illusion...
Tadaaa! A big ball of string!

And now I need to get busy knitting. :)

15 comments:

  1. I loved that book, too! And I love your yarn - it's just too pretty - as are you and your momma. Beautiful things on a Monday morning - have a great week!

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  2. Your mom is so beautiful, like her daughter! What a fun project - I look forward to reading and seeing more of it! I hope you have fun with it. Sometime today I'm going to put up a picture of my baby blanket in progress. Oh - and have you read any knitting blogs? I used to - there are some pretty funny ones - if I can recall the urls, I'll send 'em to you.

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    1. I'd love to see the knitting blogs AND your baby blanket!

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  3. You all confused me with the knotting thing LOL!

    I love the idea of that project, though!

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  4. As soon as I saw calculations, my brain said, "Shelley hates math. She hates figures. I hope Judy helped her." LOLOL!

    Can't wait to see the gorgeous scarves from that big ball of string.

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  5. Great idea. But ... I do miss someone in the pics. Where was Paco during all of this? :)

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    1. He was supposed to be outside, helping Jeff plant some bedding flowers. Instead, he was at the back door, whining to come in...but he kept getting nervous when I was making those laps around the chairs, and his wagging tail kept hitting the yarn, so he had to stay outside. Not a happy camper!

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    2. I bet he was pissed you took his 1 minute of photo fame :)
      First few times I put out a yarn of the bag, Bella thought it was a new ball to play with :) It's too attractive for them.

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  6. That is hilarious Shelley. That's the difference between organized you and me. When I have done that, I just cut lengths that are 'about' right, put them in a giant pile and then knot them back up from the pile. That is great fun--you're giving me the urge to do it again!

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  7. Great pictures, you two are so cute!

    And I gotta say this has me totally fired up and motivated to go out and... buy something someone ELSE has knitted. Looks like a lotta work!

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  8. Glad you and your Momma are having fun - my math skills stink, so I would have been no help to you!

    Hugs!

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  9. This post made me smile. You and your Mom are adorable, the wool is beautiful, but I'm with Fran...missing Paco and suprised he didn't attempt dog agility on that yarn between the chairs! :) Have a wonderful week Shelley, happy knitting!!!!

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  10. love love love you and yer mama!!!

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  11. Haha, that is quite the project! Can't wait to see the finished results :D

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  12. Wowser, your Mom looks great! (The yarn ball was fun too, but your Mom - yay!)

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