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Old Yarn [Jun. 23rd, 2015|11:09 pm]
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Fifty years ago, more or less, my mother was knitting me sweaters with a lovely yarn, Bernat "Sesame".  100% wool, permanently mothproofed, colorfast, it came in 2 oz sacks called "Pull Pouches", with a little plastic cllosure at the top that the yarn could feed through. The wool stayed safe and untangled in the plastic bag, and it was very convenient packaging.   When I dug past the acrylic stuff at the top of a box of my mother's yarn stash, there were some of the bags of "Sesame" in various colors, the perfect opportunity for striping socks.   The wool was as soft and "bouncy" as I remembered, a lovely feel in my hands, and I tried it first in very narrow stripes (1-2 rows...and then in the "frame"  of a shorty sock.  This is what the packaging looked like:

The plastic has discolored a little with age, but the yarn colors I've used have been just as pretty as I remembered.   The dark blue here is a deep navy and will be the "frame" of a red/white/blue "July 4th bunting" shorty pair. The dark green, on the right, called "Bottle Green" will form the "frame" of another shorty pair, blending a medium soft green, dark lavender rose, butter yellow, and cream.

What I mean by frame is the top of the shorty socks (the ribbing stripe is a contrasting color)  and heel flap...and the toe.  The sock foot may or may not use that color, but the heel and toe always match.  Since the stripes are often non-matching between R and L sock, having the top, heel, and toe match "frames" the sock pair.

There's a lot of other interesting old yarn I should photograph and show as well.

From: 6_penny
2015-06-24 11:55 am (UTC)
Send a photo to the Bernat people, might remind them to start producing at least the packaging again!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-06-24 01:54 pm (UTC)
Good idea! Thank you; that had not occurred to me.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-06-24 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. A Ravelry commenter also sent me that link. I'm not in need of orange at the moment (even for stripes--got some) so feel free to share the link with your LYH (Local Yarn Hoarders) so they can expand the variety in their stash. I plan to stick to my mother's old stash--I've only been in one of several (many?) boxes so far, so expect that I'll find plenty to keep me busy for the next...lifetime. Considering that I'm still buying yarn myself. ("When will they ever learn...when will they EVER learn?")

Come to think of it...I could do a yarn-hoarders' filk out of that. "Where has all the storage gone? Long time passing. Where has all the storage gone...long time ago? Gone with yarns of every kind, balls and skeins they've yet to wind...when will they ever learn? ...."Where has all the money gone, long time passing? ...." Etc. Hmmm. May work this up but not today.
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[User Picture]From: aunty_marion
2015-06-24 08:12 pm (UTC)
A friend gave me some Bernat yarn some years ago - Bernat Cassino, which is a double-stranded cotton yarn. I had some in pink, and some in silver, which got used to make a shawl by separating the strands and using it single-ply. That came in the same sort of packaging, a plastic bag with a clip on the neck so the yarn could pull through. Most ingenious!
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2015-06-24 11:40 pm (UTC)
Clever packaging idea!
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From: ozdragonlady
2015-06-26 12:13 am (UTC)
At last! a use for the plastic tags that (typically) come on the plastic bags used for bread! Small freezer bag for each ball ....
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