Crunching Numbers

I’ve been crunching some numbers seeing as how my yarn buying will be resuming in just a few days. After knitting only from the stash for one year, I thought it would be interesting to see if I made any dent in it at all. Here’s the final tally –

Originally I had in the stash 58590 yards of yarn. (WOW!)

In the last year I have knit almost ten miles of it – a whopping 17037 yards.

I have swapped away 5304 yards.

I was given 3084 yards as gifts and 4909 yards through swaps.

That leaves me with 38216 yards of yarn left in the stash.

Gee. I didn’t even cut it in half….

Guess it’s time to clean it out the old fashioned way. I am a no-clutter kind of gal and I figure that whatever I haven’t used in the last year isn’t worth keeping for another year. Well, at least that is how I look at my closet and my kitchen. The stash is a little different, but I do need to trim the fat. I have lots of shopping ahead of me and it is time to make some room.

So, how about a giveaway?

I put together a grab bag of yarns that I don’t figure that I will ever use. It will be mostly Knit Picks, but there will be some other brands and some mystery yarn and some half balls leftover from projects long finished. There will be something in every weight from lace to bulky in a variety of fibers, mostly natural.

Anybody interested? Comment on this post and I will randomly select a winner on Monday, January 1st.

There. That brings the stash to a more reasonable level.

Stash enhancement begins anew on January 1st. Where to go shopping first? Eatsleepknit? Cosymakes? Jimmybeans? Knitpicks?

Twenty Twelve is gonna be a lovely year!

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The Stash Dwindleth, Yet Hope Remains

Despite my itchings and cravings and yearnings for new yarn, I have been very good about not buying new yarns. It has not been easy, my friends. The stash is shrinking alarmingly and my knitting has changed because of it. I no longer browse patterns for inspiration and then go stash diving to find a suitable yarn. No, my Dearies, I have to first go stash diving to see what is there and then look for a pattern that inspires. Granted, there is still a little of everything. I have sock weight and lace. I have bulky and worsted. The sport weight and DK are all used up except a few cottons, but that is okay. I have wool and alpaca. I have superwash and cotton blends. It is just that they are all old news, uninspiring, boring if you will.

And that is why when I was given a $25.00 gift certificate to eatsleepknit, I went a little crazy.

Okay. A lot crazy.

Can you say cashmere?

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Midnight*

And, while I was there, I got some sock yarn for a gift of socks for The Man (gift yarn=still legal).

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Ebony*
Also cashmere.

Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.

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Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*

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Sanguine Gryphon Traveler *Gaudi House* (already cast on, but we will leave that story for another day)

Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!

Ahem.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.

Snuggle Cocoon Thingie

I bought some yarn last week.

Well, technically, it isn’t really yarn.

It is a T-shirt.
A T-shirt that happens to be cut into one long, continuous strip and rolled into a ball to look like yarn.
(I got it from The Cable Company on etsy.com)

But it’s not really yarn.

And this is what I made with the not-yarn.

It is a gift for a friend who is having a baby in August.
In Dallas.
Who wanted a cocoon.
A bulky weight cocoon.

I think the T-shirt not-yarn should be cool enough while still retaining the awesome look of a large gauge of bulky yarn (but it’s not really yarn), don’t you think?

I realize that it looks small in these photos, but I am using a 12.5 pound baby to model a newborn size cocoon, so I guess it will work for my dear friend.

For a pattern? Well, I just winged it. I cast on 4 stitches on size 15 DPNs and started knitting a ribbed tube with occasional increases to the top. Easy Peasy.

Sorry to spoil the surprise, Candi, but I am so excited about this and these pictures are too cute not to share! It will be on the way to you tomorrow.
Hope you enjoy it!
🙂

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…

The Sewing Corner

With the addition of the piano this weekend, my sewing “room” became my sewing “corner”. It is a little more compact, and the stash got sorted and rearranged. Here it is – my corner of the house:

As you can see, it is more of a knitting corner, but the sewing machine sitting there draped in my unfinished quilt top reminds me that I can sew, too. When I need to wind some yarn, I push the machine back, bring the swift forward and wind away.

And, of course, there is stash here:

and stash there:

and more on the shelves under and over the knitting library:

and in baskets on every surface:

So there it is. Bursting with inspiration and potential and all kinds of creativity.

And, now I get to listen to live piano while I splash around in all that wool. Does it get any better than this?