Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Stash . . .

So - I've been thinking about this for awhile, particularly since I just uploaded the last of my summer yarns to Ravelry (message to Knitterary and Amy - if you're reading this, the Wollmeise - all contracted to purchase on August 31st ;-) and the two from Cape Cod - the standard travel dispensation).

My yarn stash is clearly at SABLE (stash accumulated beyond life expectancy). I keep casting stuff on - startitis I believe they call it - and I did a serious destash this August as part of The Great Cleanup of 2010 (there is still stuff available on my Ravelry trade/sell page). And still, there is a really lot of yarn and fiber here.

Not so much as some of my friends have, but still, a really lot. And it's starting to weigh on me somehow. So I'm giving some thought to it. I've supposedly been on the stash busting wagon for more than year now . . . and I still managed to buy a really lot of yarn at various times and locations. Mostly Wollmeise this summer because I was wanting to get some more of it. I succeeded in that quest and picked up quite a bit of lace and sock yarn - for two colorways I got enough to make sweaters. (And then, I couldn't get gauge with the yarn doubled for the sweater I wanted. Bugger.)

And now. What now? I'm thinking it might be time to resurrect my Do It Yourself Sock Club. I didn't participate in any sock clubs this year, which is a good thing, since I have never even made the socks from the two I did participate in a couple of years ago. And I'm going to be FINISHING some projects and continuing to knit new ones, always knitting down the stash. Somehow this seems more important lately - I don't know why, it just does.

I just don't need all this yarn . . .

3 comments:

Tammy said...

Maybe we don't "need" as much yarn as we have, but I still love my stash. I'm thinking about a self-imposed sock club for next year, too - maybe we can encourage each other! :-)

A :-) said...

Oh - I love that idea! I'll bet we have a lot of the same patterns. Let's talk about this further :-)

Linda M said...

I know exactly what you mean about "not needing all this yarn" - mine is beginning to weigh on me too, but I have succeeded in really cutting back my purchasing - moving away from the LYS helped a lot, as does deleting all the yarn seller e-mails unread. If you wanted the Wollmeisse and got what you wanted, don't torture yourself - just make a plan for today forward.

It sounds like your self-selected sock club will work well for you - you could do it the way the Yarn Harlot did and package up patterns and yarn and pull one package randomly each month so you'll have a surprise but you know it will be a pleasant surprise.