There is yarn in my stash that is older than some of the people who read this blog... and while I may not necessarily know the exact date of acquisition for all of my yarn, I DO know for a fact that THIS is left over from a jumper that I knitted in 1972 or 73.
and here's the proof:
that's me wearing it near Bairnesdale, Victoria midwinter, 1973. ETA Chris [that's Stephen's Godfather Chris, not Nadie's Chris or Daughter in law Chris ] wants to claim photographic credit.
I remember when I first saw a print of this photo, I thought "Gee, those cords make me look fat" but now my perspective is a little different. Now I look at it and think " What possessed me to knit a whole bloody jumper in bright YELLOW?"
I decided that the time had come to use the one lonely little ball that was still languishing in the deep dark depths of the baby wool tub, but there are limits to what can be achieved with slightly less than 25grams. Ergo, a pair of bootees.
vintage [!!] Patons Patonyle
and an old Patons pattern that has been reprinted umpty gazillion times but I used the Patons Bootees Galore Book 652
The leftover leftovers are in the process of being turned into a matching beanie. I'm working top down and basically I'm going to keep crocheting till I run out, then switch to white for a roll up brim and then I'll make the ankle tie for the bootees to match.
oh and just as an aside, you could say that winter has indeed arrived. For the second time since June 1, this was the overnight temp. and the birdbath was frozen.
Just out of curiosity, what is the oldest yarn in your stash? Did you buy it new? or is it perhaps the remnant of an older relative's past knitting endeavours?
For that matter, if you're a quilter, what's the oldest fabric that you bought new? Enquiring minds [ well Maz and I ] want to know!