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A sample of the stash

I already had a healthy (or is that unhealthy) stash multiplying in my closet, dribbling out of drawers, and sneaking out over the edges of my workbasket when my mom called.

Tillie, a dear friend of my grandma’s, had died. Tillie’s husband emptied Tillie’s closet and passed along to my mom oodles of craft items Tillie had accumulated over the years. Tillie, you see, was the very friend who had taught Grandma to crochet and knit 70 years ago.

Mom doesn’t crochet, but she was able to use some of the craft items right away with her Sunday school class. A hefty portion of the rest, she shipped to me.

Getting Tillie’s supplies is like Christmas day all over again! Here’s a very, very small sample of what was in those six (!) boxes.


The wonderful thing about a stash like this–besides the pure sentiment of working with some of the things Tillie and maybe Grandma had chosen–is that much of it is completely different from what’s in MY stash.

In comparison, Tillie’s boxes are like treasure. One entire large bag is full of deliciously soft sock yarn (something I hardly ever see in my local stores). Another two bags are full of lightweight 3-ply yarn, all in pastels, each with a metallic strand that’s really showy when it stitches. There’s lots of more ordinary stuff, too, but even it is in dozens of colors I didn’t already have.

And the patterns, oh the patterns! Among other clippings and project books–both crochet and knit–there are several dozen issues of The Workbasket from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Some of the fashions are dated (crocheted hotpants, anyone?), but many, many others need only a different color choice or a small modification to sleeve or collar proportion to work just fine today.

To begin with, though, I mostly am making things up as I go along. I’ll share pictures of a few of the Tillie’s Stash projects in progress over the next couple weeks.

OK, spill it. Every crafter has a stash story or two. What are yours?

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