Recently I went through Molly’s clothes and sorted them into piles of Too Small, Too Used, Too Big, etc. Mostly it was not too hard (other than the always bittersweet feeling of getting rid of outgrown things that are not ear-marked for another baby), but I really couldn’t bring bring myself to give away the tiny hand knitted things. I also didn’t want to keep them in boxes except for a few very special things.
So I have unravelled them to make new things for her. It is surprisingly tedious unravelling knitted garments, they snag and curl wildly until the yarn is washed and reskeined.
But how very satisfying to re-use this yarn, it is almost brand new as Molly grew so fast that each thing was only worn for the shortest time.
I was ruthless. Anything that was not being worn (or worked on – Alouette Sweater I am looking at you) was unravelled, washed and re-skeined. It has made the doors on my yarn cupboard work a little harder to stay closed with these new-old additions to my stash, but I am looking forward to knitting them all again into new, hopefully more useable, things.
I just need to find the perfect patterns now.