The Stash Project Update

I have been really good. Everything that I have knit so far this year has been with yarn from the stash.

But, I have had to make some interesting substitutions, and abandon some knitting plans for new projects.

Jaali is a good example of this. Last year, I bought this yarn:

Malabrigo Lace Sealing Wax

…to make another Wispy. Or maybe a Featherweight Cardigan. Or maybe a Whisper Cardigan.

In any case, it was supposed to be a cardigan, preferably one designed by Hannah Fetig, because I love her patterns so much. I even bought the patterns in anticipation.

Then, I got the pattern for Jaali… and had no yarn to cast it on. And it had to be cast on. Right. Now.

So, I sucked it up, grabbed the yarn from my stash, and, holding it double to make it fingering weight (in case you missed it, there is the interesting substitution I spoke of earlier) and cast on post haste.

I don’t regret it. I mean, just look at it!

I fall in love with it more and more as each (ever decreasing, hallelujah) row is completed.

But, it is taxing to keep up with this whole New Years Resolution thing.

So, my brain is trying to trick me into buying new yarn, without buying new yarn.

Taking part in Ravelry swaps was one strategy – and it worked well. I got some new yarn (plus other goodies like tea and notebooks) and that was fun.

Then, my brain tried to figure out the fastest way to knit all the yarn that I have so that I will have to buy more. (Uh, not gonna happen.)

Then, my brain got really generous with Christmas knitting, since buying yarn for gifts would be a “legal” purchase (thankfully, my common sense won out on that one – I have enough knitting to do without adding a bunch of gifts with a deadline!).

But this newest ploy is just genius. I am thinking that maybe I need a new hobby. What if I got into hand-dying? Is it really a yarn purchase if I buy naked yarn for dying? I don’t think so.  I think I might be onto something here.

Just don’t tell The Man…

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5 thoughts on “The Stash Project Update

  1. I actually spent more on a single skein of yarn last night than I ever have. I feel a little guilty and mostly giddy! It was a completely emotional purchase… Some nice BFL for what may or may not be one of the last pairs of longies I knit for O. ;) B was totally on board and I was more than a little surprised!
    Your Jaali is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it finished!

  2. OMGosh!! That shawl is awesome!! Did you say ‘ever decreasing’? So, it is worked from the outside edge in? Very interesting.

    I am sort of trying this “knit from the stash thing.” Problem….not enough knitting, too much swapping (shipping is expensive), and then I jumped in on a KP order with the swap group (after I promised the man No more yarn purchases for a year…).

    Yeah. ::face palm::

    But, I should have some Chromatography on it’s way….

    • Yes, ever decreasing. So, while I cast on hundreds of stitches and at first the rows took 45 min each, they get 4-6 st shorter every right side row and faster and faster. It is a very satisfying way to knit a shawl!

      Me too. The swapping thing was a purchase in a way, but without choice… so I am slowing down on that. :) I have a knitting buddy who is still learning about choosing and buying yarn, so I have been living vicariously through her and helping her shop. :) She just made an awesome KP order that I cannot wait to see!

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