Stash Or Nest Egg?
Many compulsive knitters get to the point where their yarn stash, or their knitting book library, or their tools and equipment are worth a significant amount of money.
Where Will It Go When I Die?
I have a huge library of knitting books, including valuable ones, such as many vintage pattern books from the early 1900's, early Rowan books, a number of Alice Starmore books, and, of course, Principles of Knitting.
I also own closets full of yarn. Again, lots of Rowan yarns, multiple sweater's worth of fine wool and cones and cones of various yarns.
Included among my stash of knitting tools, I have more Addi Turbos than I can count, lots of fine wooden needles, crystal stitch markers, an original pink Chibi (just a joke), a couple of umbrella swifts, yarn winders and tons of other standard tools, like needle gauges, measuring tapes, darning needles, scissors, etc., etc., etc.
If I add in three flat bed knitting machines, an antique circular sock knitting machine with ribber attachment and stand, as well as my two spinning wheels and all my spinning stash, I honestly wouldn't be able to even estimate what all this stuff is worth...neither to me as its current owner, nor to potential new owners if it were to be sold.
I'm thinking that Fredda at the Knitting Vault, or some other knitting business should try to come up with some clearing house to help surviving knitter-widow(er)s to properly sell their knit-belongings when they're gone (or before they'r gone if they decide they'd like to get rid of it).
I've been knitting two things this past weekend, using the same stitch pattern, neither of which I can really discuss on the blog because of what they're being used to make, and for whom they are being made.
Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern for each project.
It never ceases to amaze me how different the same stitch pattern can look using different needles and different types of yarns.
Adding To My Nest Egg
A recent visit to the local flea market allowed me to increase my vintage knitting pattern library (actually, knitting crocheting and tatting library) with almost 40 new booklets.
For a mere $10, I was able to pick up booklets from 1914 through 1930.
With my recent interaction with the German woman who tatted, and some of these booklets, I'm considering teaching myself to tat.