When we were in York, we met up with an old family friend whose wife sadly died a few years ago, leaving a stash of yarn and over 70 lengths of dress material. Very kindly, he said that I could have some of the yarn, as he didn’t think his daughter would do anything with it. Such a lovely gesture. (I started with some pink wool, which I want to make into a felted hat). This lady is a knitter so fearless she made herself a mohair jumper, which was then worn, ripped back and re-knitted not once, but twice. She also made cabled jumpers for all her family – but the re-knitting of mohair is the feat of which I am most in awe.
There feels a certain responsibility in doing something with a deceased person’s yarn. Should I be frivoulous and do something for myself ? Should I follow her wishes of what she wanted done, should they be clear ? Make something for her grandchildren – keeping it in the family, as it were ? (All a moot point at the moment, as the yarn is still in the attic – but it’s still a consideration).
Following the Yarn Harlot’s example, I’m trying to start making a note of what yarn is intended for which project. This is mostly to stop me buying three lots of yarn for project X and to remind me which yarn I’ve got kicking around. Although I realise now there’s another advantage to this method of yarn stashing – should anything happen to me, my knitting friends will know exactly what to do with the yarn.