Now, organizing my stash has been tedious at times. Some of my wool was in tough shape. When I moved a few years back I stored my stash in boxes without benefit of moth or moisture protection and much of it suffered when it didn’t get unpacked for the first couple of years. Over time, I have moth balled, steamed, skeined and soaked about half of this yarn. Even non-wool items couldn’t join my studio stash until they had been thoroughly treated to prevent the mildew smell from spreading.
Even Lil One recently joined in on the effort, and a couple of weeks ago witnessed her Mom laboring over a beloved but bedraggled skein of gold Harrisville Shetland yarn. She loves yarn, so she offered to spin the swift… before getting distracted by bubble blowing duties 😉 .
I began trying to skein this wool yarn only to realize my “golden treasure” was in many pieces (about 25-30 ish). I thought, “Oh no! What now?” I had a yarn fantasy all set – the triple strand knit, the sophisticated sideways glances as I walked along through crisp fall leaves in my elegant little snood. Well, I’d just have to “make it work”! I began felting the pieces back together, and carefully winding them onto my swift yard by yard… Several hours later, and a “How much could it cost for a new skein?” from an “outsider”, I had re-assembled the skein. I know, slightly insane, but I can’t bear to give up on my favorite stashed yarns! Here is the pile midway through:
So, this was all for a “use up some old stash” project. I have a whole lotta yarn to knit up to trim my fat stash back down to size, so a multi-strand invention seemed just the ticket. I was inspired by Yarnia and Fig Knits blog week post involving mohair, to combine this “rescue yarn” with two other leftovers, Stacy Charles “Ritratto” and a Hand-Dyed 2/14 Alpaca-Silk from Valley Yarns (Webs). Here they are separately:
And here is the resulting mixed yarn ball:
And then, after all that, I was able to knit up my Eyelet Cowl with what amounts to a worsted weight yarn. It was kind of magical how several small amounts became a couple of nice healthy balls of yarn. I found the Cathy Carron pattern pretty straight forward, but I modified it a little by adding two extra knit rounds to each repeat. It knit up springy and wonderful, and the resulting fabric has a real Victorian feel to it. I finished it off with a nice velvet ribbon rather than the i-cord to really up the vintage feel. Ta-dah!!
I know, where’s the modeled photo? Well, this is a super cozy winter knit. Please! You could not pay me to pretend it’s cold in this August heat! I promise to show it off properly when the weather turns cool again.
So, this was a little crazy, even for me. In the end, I love it even more because it was so involved.
What lengths have you gone to for a lovely yarn?