I couldn’t have done it without my daughter’s help. She made it a fun experience, and I shed no tears. It turned out to be 2 hours of “Wow, I remember this!” “Mom, can I have this?” “Remember when you knit me 6 sweaters in 3 months my first semester in college?” You get the idea. 🙂
We made 2 discoveries: Forgotten yarn and – more importantly! – my daughter’s knitting bug. We filled 7 grocery bags/boxes with mohair, wool, and silk and, to a lesser degree, linen and cotton, along with two very large balls of rowing (one undyed, the other dyed jewel tones), and a length of silk roving. Being a life-long fiber snob 🙂 all these yarns and fibers are high-quality.
Of course there was the question of what to do with it all. I decided to give it to a young blogger in the San Francisco Bay Area who is building a knitting design business while she attends college. (Two of my favorite markers: fiber & college!)
Why have I taken this “drastic” step? (1) I am involved in a startup and thus am short on both time and space. (2) I’m giving it away (instead of selling), because in my youth I met many generous experienced fiber artists who freely helped me – they gave me their time, advice, and supplies they no longer needed or could spare. (3) I decided I was nearing an unhealthy hoarder status as I knew I would never use all the yarn … so why not give it to someone who could use it?!
Has anyone else taken this big leap?!