How many knitters have sworn to destash as a New Year’s resolution? Probably as many as there are stars in the sky. I joined that constellation this year, by casting on for the Cabled Yoke Pullover with an unidentified stash yarn that had once been a sweater for my husband. As with so many of the items knit for him, it was never worn, so I had unravelled it and stored it in the bottom on the wall unit in a plastic bag.
I do feel so virtuous. Not only do I have a beautiful new sweater for my wardrobe, but I actually did reduce the size of my stash. And, strangely enough, I identified the yarn by chance. Last Saturday, I went to a knit-in. Many of us were preparing for Anne Hanson’s Shawl Project class at Lake Farm Park. One knitter was winding a fingering weight yarn. I noticed it was awfully close in color to the yarn with which I was making this sweater. In fact, they were the exact same heathered color. That was when she told me that the yarn was Reynold’s Candide. The name clicked but I still have no idea how old the yarn is. It could be as much as 15 years old. Kind of sad to realize that I have at least 15 years in my rearview knitting mirror. Now, I wonder how old the fingering weight yarn was?