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 ...