Linsey-woolsey – that’s the word for today from the Wordsmith. The words this week are related to fabrics but are often used metaphorically. As fibre artists we are familiar with this word but we don’t get to use it very much, at least I don’t. Two definitions are given by the Wordsmith.
linsey-woolsey (LIN-zee WOOL-zee) noun
1. A strong, coarse fabric of wool and cotton.
2. An incongruous mix.
[From Middle English linsey (linen, or from Lindsey, a village in Suffolk,
UK) + woolsey (a rhyming compound of wool).]
There’s something rather nice about this word. There is a connection between this word and what I had planned to write about today, namely, my STASH. Or rather I should say STASHES – a stash of yarn, and a stash of odd knitted and crocheted pieces. Both stashes would fit the 2nd definition of Lindsey-woolsey – an incongruous mix. I have started taking photographs of my stashes in anticipation of receiving my invitation from Ravelry. After all, I am only number 3000 (approx.) on the waiting list.
My latest project, in a series of stash reduction projects, is labelled Eccentric Blanket. Here is my progress to date. So far this project has not involved any new knitting. The stash I am reducing is my stash of curious shapes. From this “lindsey-woolsey” (definition 2) I am constructing an Eccentric Piece Eccentric Piece, Sept. 17, 2007
Now, if you look closely you can identify: granny squares of varying sizes, knitting samples from Alison Ellen’s knitting course at the Association Summer School in Chester 2 years ago, the odd scarf or 2, spirals as given in Debbie New’s book Unexpected Knitting, a sample from a class given by Debbie New in Mull 3 years ago, lace knitting from an online knit along project, a swatch from Noro yarn, and more. It is growing like topsy – the aim is to finish with an approximately square blanket. So far I have just been hand stitching these samples together. We’ll see if later I have to knit specific sizes to fill the gaps.