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While cleaning a while ago I opened a box and found yarn.  I've knitted on and off (mostly off) all my life but never imagined I'd accumulated so much yarn

This bunch of yarn was for a sweater and the receipt is clearly dated 4-23-88 (remember when they embossed credit cards).  The contest entry to win a Pearl Necklace was due on July 12, 1987 and the store where I purchased it no longer exists.  I knitted more than one half of the front of the sweater and lost interest.  I think I'll try to turn it into a bag.

I have lots of remnants of yarn left over from knitting a Kaffe Fassett sweater.  There were so many color changes it kept my interest going and I finished it and it fit.  I still wear it somethimes.  The only other sweater I finished ended up being too small and I have a few others I started and didn't finish.  But, I have finished lots of hats and scarves.

I also have many single skeins of yarn.  They where either on sale or caught my interest.  I have no memory of buying some of them.  The maroon on the left was from an afgan I knit and I remember the red-orange above it - it was on the clearance rack.

I got this monster cone of cotton a few years ago when knitting dishclothes for gifts seemed like a good idea.

After some research on the internet I found there are lots of free patterns out there for small items - hats, bags, potholders, dishclothes, etc.  So, one of my new missions is to knit again, every once in a while and start using up some of this yarn. 

It turns out that the yarn on the monster cone makes great potholders.  This potholder isn't a free pattern, its from Domino Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro.  The squares are fast to knit and can be put together so many ways.  I think I can use up the odd bits of yarn that way.

I found a free bag pattern for the yarn and I'm working on that now.  I think I'm addicted to knitting again.  We'll see how long it lasts this time.

Don't worry, I'm still cross-stitching ... and quilting ...


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