Sunday, July 18, 2010

What Would You Do?

Just curious....

I've been cleaning out my shawl drawer, which was a jumbled mess. (You already know how funny my husband finds my shawl knitting addiction....imagine what he thinks about needing an entire drawer for shawls!) The grand total is a bit on the ridiculous side.

As in:

  1. 9 triangular shawls
  2. 3 rectangular stoles
  3. 2 round shawls
  4. 2 oddly shaped shawls
  5. 7 scarves

The fact of the matter is that I never wear two of the scarves, one of the triangles and one of the stoles because they are made from mohair, and I long ago realized that my mohair phase was not my most brilliant of moments in my knitting career.* So they can go. The question is, what do you do with knits who's time has passed? Any good ideas for knitting retirement? Should they just go to the great beyond that is the Salvation Army, or should I find someplace where they might be appreciated more?

Likewise, a couple of the triangles are starting to show some wear. They've been loved, and worn, and (let's face it) abused to the point where they are starting to look a bit sad. Should I keep them forever, safely tucked away? Or should they go with the mohair?

Lastly, there are a couple of pieces in there that have never been worn - and may never be for a variety of reasons. What on earth do I do with those?

And despite all of this....I keep making more!

*Kidsilk Haze is in a category on it's own, and I will absolutely use it again...and again...and again...well, as often as I can afford it anyway!


fleegle said...

Gifts for the ones you never wear. The worn ones, hmmmm. Can't think of a thing to do with those.

And if your weather is anything like ours, I am having trouble mustering, period. Nevermind mustering energy for shawls!

Bonnie said...

I'd give the ones I don't wear to charity, if they are in good condition.

margene said...

A friend of mine knits shawls for women going through chemo. You could give it to a cancer hospital or hospice. Even shawls showing wear will perk up if reblocked. You might try that before giving up on them.

Anne said...

I will, 110%, second Margene's suggestion. The shawls I've donated to oncology patients have been SO WELL LOVED - the thank you cards and things I've gotten have made me cry (in a good way). I think it'd be brilliant to give your handknits a new life like that.