I’ve never actually reconsidered a project but that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend. Being a process knitter, I usually just plow through a project. So, let’s back up. As I mentioned last week I’m participating in the #loveyouryarnchallenge on Instagram (along with everyone else in the knitting world) and Friday’s prompt was your oldest stash. (Side note – if you’re looking for a nice distraction check out that hashtag. One prompt was where you knit and that day was filled with beautiful nooks, another day was travel knitting and that had pictures from all over. It’s a great place to just relax and enjoy yarn)
Anyway, oldest stash. I had been thinking all day at work about what that might be. I had a couple of things in mind (and also thought it might be time to destash those as I have no interest in knitting them). It then came to me – the bag that is my Barn Raising Quilt. And then it occurred to me that this is where the stash began.
I started the Barn Raising Quilt sometime prior to July, 2008. I know this because it was my travel project during my trip to Australia. I also know that because it was around 2008 when I started going to my current LYS which is where I got the book and the yarn for the project.
I started knitting in 2003 and for those first five years I was basically a buy yarn, knit project, go buy new yarn type of person. I had collected some leftovers from projects but really didn’t have a “stash” per se. The Barn Raising Quilt is in a book called Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. It might be one of the first few knitting books I bought. I think I bought it for the Pinwheel Blanket which is a fun baby blanket because it’s round!
I decided to start the Quilt as I knew it would be a good travel project. Here’s the funny thing – the project talks about how you can use your leftovers to make the squares. I had none so I bought a ton of sock yarn to start the blanket. Hence, I now refer to this as the starter stash, you know like a sourdough starter or a friendship bread starter. In 9 years, I’ve knit 9 squares and they are different sizes because at some point I changed needle sizes. When I pulled it out to photograph I really started to think about it.
What I thought was – I hate knitting these squares. They are very fiddly to start with and they are actually very large so knocking one out in a night is not always an option. This might explain my lack of progress. Also, it turns out it’s a terrible travel project. I always lose a dpn or a stitch marker and trying to start one while moving is not fun.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the existing squares but I am going to put the yarn in with the rest of my stash. I can say that my color sense has not changed much over the past 9 years. I still love all this yarn, it just needs to be something different. So, with that, I will hold a minute of silence for my Barn Raising Quilt, and then move on to something new.