So I took two shopping bags of unravelled, washed and skeined jumpers - about 4 jumpers worth - and the little yarn swift up to Mum yesterday. She's had my ball winder for nearly a month now because she hates floppy balls. Most of the wool is just beautiful and has responded well to the washing. She's decided that it's too good and in too big a quantity to knit into wristwarmers and I should be re-making jumpers from it.
TAPH (through gritted teeth): OK, fine, but this is the only spare 8ply I have.
MUM: Well I've worked out the sizing for knitting them with 5 ply.
TAPH (internally): My Bluebell, she's after my vintage Bluebell!
TAPH (out loud): Sure, Mum, that's what stash if for.
And of course this is what stash if for. It is fantastic that she's knitting again and she's getting so much pleasure from it.
I am, however, trialling a new word for the stash. After spending a good deal of time playing with Etymology Online that Rooruu posted about, I've fallen in love with boodle meaning "lot or collection" from the Dutch for property, boedel. It's the word from which we get the phrase "kit and caboodle".