Wednesday, May 30, 2007


(magic flash sparkles not included)

At Threaded Bliss several weeks ago, Sheila was giving away free yarn. Somehow she'd ended up with loads of this horrible stuff called "Rumba" by Katia (see pic). Rumba is the sound made when lots of tiny rectangular animals get trapped inside pantyhose stretched vertically...well, maybe not, but that's what it looks like to me. Rumba is slippery nylon thread-ish stuff with little random rectangles at about 2 inch intervals. I took a navy blue ball of it home (like the one labled 5 in the picture below), but had NO idea what I (or anyone with good taste) could possibly make with it. To tell the truth, I hated Rumba just as much as Sheila did, but it was Free Yarn, so I took it.

On Memorial Day, I had made plans to go to an exhibit at the Frist Center with a friend. I found a white sundress in the back of my closet, but I knew I hadn't seen the belt/sash thing that came with it since I moved. So I decided to make my own belt. I went to my yarn stash, and just began putting colors together. And...(drumroll, please)....

I found a use for Rumba!!!

I made a belt/sash out of one strand of the very-odd-and-almost-frightening Rumba and one strand of simple-and-sturdy, plain-ole' cotton. Surprisingly, I kinda liked it. I just did a long crocheted chain, and then two rows of sc1, ch1, sc1 in 2nd chain from last sc. I made both the sash and the necklace in about 1 1/2 hrs, all while watching the local news!

It's just further proof that Free Yarn is always a good thing!


Betty said...

That looks fantastic!

Sheila said...

You are my hero!

Alicia said...

Nicely done!
I put the light blue and yellow rumba together to make scarves for my plush bears.. it's whimsical, kinda fun :)