I know if anyone understands how awesome this is, it's you guys.
My husband's grandmother stopped knitting (and all crafts) with any regularity about forty years ago when her husband died. However, she never throws anything away-- ever. So when it came time for her to move into an assisted living situation (her idea), she had to downsize a lot of her things. My mother-in-law (her daughter) knew that I knit and decided to give the old abandoned stash to me.
My digital camera is AWOL, or else I'd show pictures. Here is, more or less, an itemized list:
*Two small suitcases of yarn, equaling ten skeins. All worsted weight, some of it in amazing colors, others of it less amazing. But free yarn!
*About 15 patterns, many of them dating back to WWII
*Two ziploc bags full of embroidery thread
*About dozen needles (tapestry and sewing) of various sizes
*About a dozen embroidery hoops
*Two cross stitches that were being worked on when they were abandoned, so they have been in the hoops forever. That's going to be fun to iron out!
*A pattern book called "Learn to Knit" with a bunch of patterns from the late fifties.
*An Afghan kit, with yarn, a tapestry needle, and instructions
*Two sets of needles, sizes eight and one (I have never seen size one needles!)
*And more that I am too drunk on Thanksgiving martinis to list now.
I am most excited about the patterns. Many of them say, "Make caps for our troops!" and other old-timey things like that. I am going to post pictures of the kilt and beret here as soon as the Christmas rush is over.
Words don't do this stash justice! It took up my entire sofa!
I am literally knitting a backpack on wool older than I am. It feel amazing.