Okay, so, the biggest yarn wreath EVER? I will tell you all about it.
Kanga and I were looking at pretty pretty yarn wreaths on Pinterest a while back, and I made a small autumn wreath and was happy with it. But that Kanga, she is an innovator. She said how she thought you could make a REALLY BIG wreath on the cheap if you used those foam pool noodles. And as soon as she said it, I knew I had to make one to go on the big, annoying stone fireplace thing in my living room that goes right up to the ceiling, which I have left blank these past two years because I didn't know what to put on it. HAD. TO.
So during the course of this lovely week off that we're saying goodbye to, I asked Joey to get two old pool noodles from the garage for me. When he brought them inside and asked me bemusedly what I was going to do, the ONLY reasonable response was, "I'm going to go swimming, duh." When I explained the real plan, he was only slightly less skeptical. "That's just crazy." He informed me. I told him it was his mother's idea. "Yeah, well there's a fine line between genius and, you know, just crazy."
Undaunted, I duct taped the noodles together (I would recommend finding two noodles of the same actual shape, but whatever, you work what your husband brings you from the garage) and started wrapping my Very Large Flotation Device with scratchy cheap yarn.
It soon became clear that the neon colors of the noodles and tape were going to show through no matter how carefully I wrapped the yarn. Fortunately, Kanga had the idea of wrapping the noodles with white fabric before I wrapped it with yarn, so I undid the bit I had done and wrapped the Very Large Flotation Device with strips of an old sheet.
Like a mummy. Then I started over with the yarn, which went MUCH faster over fabric than it had over neon foam. Go figure. But don't be fooled, this thing took FOREVER. AND FOREVER. And then a little longer. I didn't finish it all in one day, although I DID do the bulk of it on Saturday. But then, finally, just when I thought I would be yarn-wreathing for the rest of my life, it was complete.
"Yeah... it looks like a giant egg." Decided my husband after he hung it up for me.
"Pfft. I could sell this on Etsy for like fifty dollars." I retorted, unoffended.
(I KNOW it looks kind of like an egg. And I know how to fix that too, because it WAS a circle before it was hung up - well, mostly, those flowers might be strategically placed but whatever- it's just heavy and... noodly. But I don't know that I WILL fix it, because I'm weird and kind of like it as an oval.)
"Really? It's kind of growing on me...you should make more!" He changed his tune. Especially after Kanga corroborated that I could sell it for MORE than fifty dollars, due to it's hugeness.
I don't know, though, why anybody would buy something like that on Etsy when they could just make it themselves. Also, I'm kind of yarn-wreathed out. Except for the pretty Christmas one that I'm planning to make this coming weekend....