Sentimental Yarn

I’m back on my regularly scheduled project, the3×3 Cardigan, now that the holidays are over. I hope yours were joyful and have helped you prepare to face and conquer another winter.

Now that I’m back knitting this cardigan I’m looking at the wool I chose. Thanks everyone for helping me choose 3 colours.DSC_0047 (2)

Two of the colours are discontinued wool from my stash. The blue though, well that has a history.DSC_0059 (2)

I have had it in my stash for more than twenty+ years. Yes, a long time. It’s roughish rustic wool  and I believe was hand dyed. Many years ago we were driving along an isolated road in Scotland and came across a croft with a yarn sign outside. In the middle of no where (at least it seemed so to us).

croft bothy

Stop!! There was wool, local wool, from the sheep we had been looking at out of the window. I bought it because the croft was so amazing, the view beautiful and as a treat for myself. But it sat in my stash for all this time. There wasn’t enough for a sweater and it’s too rough for a hat.

I feel like I failed this wool. I’m sure it didn’t want to sit in the dark in my closet for all this time. I’m sure it wanted to be … something special. It wasn’t telling me what though. So now it’s going to be something, a cardigan. A big, cozy cardigan that I will associate with Scotland and an isolated croft in the middle of a purple field of heather.

I’m sure it’s sighing and asking what took me so long. Am I the only sentimental yarn collector?


ANY GAUGE and GAUGE-FREE patternsby Deb

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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

4 thoughts on “Sentimental Yarn”

  1. Hah! I think we all have sentimental yarn – at least I do. I had to move last June & I packed all the yarn first. Even though I was fresh out of the hospital – 8 days – I didn’t pack clothing or dishes, I packed all my bins of yarn! I have favorites – purple handspun and the ‘dyed for you’ red, pink & blue yarn . . . . BUT . . . I have a big, fluffy skein I spun from grey dryer lint, lovely combed blue roving & crappy old scratchy dried out brownish grey wool. It turned out to look like old faded blue jeans. It came in a kit & most of the contents looked terrible. I spun it up under protest & was totally shocked by the lovely big soft snuggly wonderful skein I got after washing. I even take it out periodically & fondle it but have never found a pattern worthy of my skein.

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    1. That sounds like amazing spinning. What could possibly be worth that skein? I hope you find something someday.


  2. I have yarn in my stash, that I may never use. It’s that the colors just bowled me over, or the texture is such that touching it is so comforting: The only things these skeins have in common is that when I unearth them in a search for ‘ordinary ‘ yarn , I am so overjoyed to see them (just like I was when I first saw them). I pull them out and admire them for a few days, then tuck them away safely, waiting for that ‘perfect project‘. I feel no guilt over their cost, if I can remember it, or that they are unused. Is this the thrill of the chase?…Hoarders delight?….I don’t know, but I am smiling already, just knowing I’ll ‘run onto them during my next rummaging.

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    1. Ha, ha, I love the idea of you being so delighted to run across them again. That’s totally worth keeping them just where they are.


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