Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rummage Sale Baby Blankets

Last Saturday, a friend invited me to go along with her to a church hosting a children's items rummage sale. My boys had been out late for a baseball game the night before and were still resting, so it was a good time to pop out for a bit.

Just before we were done, we wandered over to a table that held a lot of bedding items. I noticed some handmade blankets, and it initially made me very sad that someone had taken the time to create these blankets only to have them end up in a rummage sale. I wanted to buy them just to appreciate the workmanship! Then I realized that if they weren't kept for one reason or another, I could at least frog them and reuse the yarn in my Ugly Blanket or something.

So I bought them.

I still feel a little guilty about how cheap they were and that my whole intention was not to use them but to take them apart!

Oh, what to do?!?!

This one is a crocheted blanket that got a little wonky in sizing. The yarn seems to be in pretty good shape with only a spot or two that seems fuzzy.

Also a crocheted blanket, this one is the smallest. It's made from a very bulky yarn, so it may not work into my Ugly Blanket very well. Maybe it will be used for something else. This was actually in a bag that held 2 handmade blankets and one store-bought blanket, so I figured it was still worth it.

This last one is a knit blanket. Clearly a lot of time and work went into this one. Especially since I don't knit and admire those that do, this one is the one that is screaming at me most for having the audacity to take it apart. But I really love the color! Once i got it home and took a closer look, I realized that it is two strands worked together. A warm and cozy blanket for sure!

Have you ever done this before? Have you found good quality yarn? What would you do?

7 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about finding handmade baby blankets. I usually buy them and donate them to Riley's Children's Hospital here in Evansville. I never tear them apart, not that you shouldn't, I just never thought about doing it. What comes to my mind is thata somebody thought about a special person and made that blanket just for them..but I guess if one isn't going to use it..might as well give it up...but you are so right..they mark them dirt cheap..like the work by loving hands has all been forgotten. I know you will make something lovely from the yarn..blessings

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  2. Instead of taking them apart is there any way to add on? Well, the purple one maybe not, it looks like stitches were either added or dropped. Great find though!

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  5. Could you put a cloth backing on the lavender and knit blankets? I wonder if steam blocking it would reshape it.

    LOVE the ginormous granny square! I am thinking this ugly blanket of yours is going to be wonderful.

    The idea of my work ending up in a rummage sale is terrifying. I am glad you saved these :)

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  6. I was wondering if I was the only one who felt this way! I keep seeing "beautiful handmade blankets" for sale on a local craigslist site. I was just telling the hubby I couldn't believe people would sell something handmade for their kid, but then one person said they made it themselves and decided they didn't like the colors so sold it and made a new one. That made sense. But I don't think all of them were that way.

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