Knitting in Twenty-Eleven

The Year of the Sweater is over. So, what will this next year be? Are you ready for a doosie?

First, a quick recap. For the year 2010, I set out to knit seven sweaters for myself. I finished five, one is still in the WIP basket, and one never got cast on. But, to be fair, my knitting year ended up getting cut short in October, when morning sickness took over. So, I consider it a success. Moving on.

This last year was also the year of the yarn shopping splurge. Taking part in the Eat, Sleep, Knit Yarnathon found me buying more yarn than I could use, and spending more money than I should have. So, to regain my husbands confidence in me in the financial department, and to test my self control, this year with be the Year of the Stash. Here are my rules:

1. I will knit only with yarn from the stash.

2. I will not purchase any yarn until 2012.

3. Yarn given to me throughout the year counts as yarn in the stash and can be knit up. I can also use store credit (I have a little left), but only if needed.

And, to make it more feasible, there are two exceptions:

1. If, when planning Christmas gifts, I cannot find the right yarn for the gift in my stash, I may buy the yarn required.

2. If, by some amazing knitterly feat, I knit every yard of yarn in the stash, I may purchase more yarn. BUT, only enough for one project at a time.

Anyone want to join me?

Let the Year of the Stash begin! And to kick it off, I guess I better toss the stash and see what is there.

And, there is this. A Christmas gift from my sister – a basket of wool and chocolate. Purple wool, even. Boy, does she know me, or what?

Now, in the interest of honesty, knowing that I was going to make this resolution, I did make another purchase. Okay, okay. Two other purchases. Neither have arrived in the mail, but when they come, I will show you. The first is from Knit Picks and is for the stockings that I have to finish this year and some baby things I want to knit before June. The second, well, that is another ESK order, this one putting me over the 35K milestone. Yeah, I know. I am bad. But that is why this new year is going to be so good!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

10 thoughts on “Knitting in Twenty-Eleven

  1. Without meaning to, I’m more or less right there with you. I bought a mess of yarn from KnitPicks for the black friday sale. So until I use it all or sell it (I plan to dye it), I’m stuck with knitting from my stash.

  2. Wow. That is some resolution. Sadly I already know that I don’t have the will-power to join in (plus I did a wee bit of stash culling when I moved a few months ago, so my stash is not as prolific as yours!) but I wish you well on it – and look forward to seeing what comes out of it!
    Happy New Year!

  3. I’ve kind of been doing this by default for the past several months. There have been small exceptions (like a gift that needed either specific or more yarn than I had in stash) but I’ve been working through my stash. I don’t think I’ll completely succeed in deleting the stash before buying more because I have more sock yarn than 8 knitters can use in a year, I think. If they ever sleep, anyway. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought that much!

    Anyway, I’m in ~ though it may look slightly different. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  4. That is the exact same thing I was thinking as I took a toss through my stash the other day.I have sooooo much yarn, and so many ideas for projects.

    This year is “knit sweaters from the stash”, as I have 4 sweaters worth of stash yarn for me (and a bunch for the littles).

    It is also the “knit gifts from the stash” year. Lots of friends are having babies, and I am *sure* there is perfect yarn in the stash for that.

    I can even keep getting new yarn this year without buying any. 🙂 I joined the “Special Snowflakes Yarn Club” at Sheepy Time Knits for my birthday for a whole year. That’s 5 skeins I can get that are already paid for. 😉 (already got the 6th last month) And…..I’ve got a little $20 credit at ESK to use. It will probably turn into 2 skeins of Malabrigo (big surprise there).

    Have a wonderful knitting year.

  5. I am envious of your stash. I’ve been on a yarn diet for the past while and mine is finally starting to dwindle. However, I’ve bought (and been given) a lot of sock yarn this last year so I set up a “self imposed sock club” like the YarnHarlot. I look forward to watching your knitting progress and seeing pictures of your new addition.

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