And the Winner is….

The Boy drew a name out of the basket.

Drumroll, please…..

Do you see that? Can you see it?

Congratulations, Cosymakes!

I promise that this wasn’t rigged – but I just won a giveaway on her blog last week! I am a little abashed to be sending her my cast offs when she just sent me this:

My photography skills aren’t quite up to snuff, but this is a lovely muted pink. 

It is Snapdragon, a light fingering weight that she dyes “using greener shades dyes. they are low impact heavy metal-free dyes that meet the Organic Trade Association’s requirements for organic fiber processing” (quoted from the Etsy sale page) which I think is pretty awesome. And it is a whopping 700 yards! I was going to blog about it tomorrow, but it seems fitting to say my thank you’s now. If you haven’t already, check out her shop on Etsy here.

Thanks for all who participated in this, my first blog giveaway. It was great fun to read all of your comments.

Happy New Year to all!

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!