Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Freecycle Rocks

You may remember that - as part of my 39 things project - I decided to experiment with embroidery and needlepoint. Since then, I've purchased a couple of skeins of embroidery floss at Ben Franklin and I've been having a good time looking through books such as Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching. I've even made a few French knots and tried my hand at blanket stitch. It's not hard for me to imagine all sorts of things I'd like to do . . .

On a whim I posted a request to Freecycle, asking for any supplies that might be up for grabs. After a few days passed, an acqaintance of mine saw my request and contacted me. It seems her eyesight is starting to fail and she is no longer able to use her collection of floss:

It's all the same brand (DMC) and beautifully organized. Lucky, lucky me! I love Freecycle - it puts stuff people aren't using into the hands of other people who are excited to get it.

If you haven't signed up for the Freecylce network in your town, you can check it out here.


Melissa said...

awesome! what fun :)

Jonno! said...

I use freecycle all the time. Did you know they have a page for just about every town in America? It's a modern phenomenon, a testament to the powers of localization and community.

Another great community website is, check it out. It's a peer-2-peer rent/share website, the perfect companion to freecycle in your online repertoire of green, social tools.