A Ball of Yarn Can Become Anything

A Ball of Yarn can become anything

Maybe you buy yarn with a specific, definite project in mind. Maybe you buy yarn because you find it to be lovely or soft or warm and don’t worry about projects. Maybe you buy yarn thinking to use it in one project, change your mind, find a new project, change your mind again, and you just keep that up for nice long while.

A ball of yarn isn’t only a long string of wool or cotton or acrylic. A ball of yarn is a possibility. Its something that might happen, something that might be. Its an unknown future thing.


stranded color work nightcap

And then it starts to take a shape and a size and a function. I just love that.


(In other words I’m really enjoying knitting on my stranded knit Victorian-style sleep cap and couldn’t stop long enough to write up much of a post today. I’m having too much fun with yarn.)

I dwell in Possibility

by Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

Here is to finding the joy in all possibilities.

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And the glorious corollary, anything can be spun! Thank you for the cheer, on a bleak day. I look forward to the posts, for the encouragement, the ideas, the nudge toward doing something else!


I have a few extra skeins & cones of possibilities, myself :”-) But there are worse addictions to have!


I’m Spring Cleaning early and I made it to my yarn stash last night. Didn’t finish, and went to bed. Woke up this morning and realized I’m drowning in possibilities 🙂


Somewhere in time, I read the phrase “2 sticks and a string” – I love it. I even made a dishcloth with 2 chopsticks and a string! I do Native American beadwork (mostly Sioux patterns) on a loom, and as with THAT, 2 sticks and a string still amaze me sometimes at what beauty can be created with these two hands.