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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I Didn’t Even Have to Cheat!

As you know, I vowed that I would not buy a single scrap of yarn till January next year, so when a package came from Eat, Sleep, Knit yesterday, The Man raised his eyebrows. But, all is well, my dearies. Last year, when I was heavily engaged in the yarnathon, I reached (and passed) the 20 mile mark when I indulged in some Malabrigo Lace during their Black Friday sale. This new yarn is the 20 Mile Surprise Package. Check it out:

One skein Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Glasshouse, a pattern for Elves and Elms Socks by Jean Knapp and a DPN WIP tube.

I know, you wanna see that yarn again, don’t you?

Now, as lovely as the sock pattern is, I am thinking baby sweater…

New yarn. And I didn’t even have to cheat. Sigh. What a lovely day.