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07/01/2011

Knit from my stash? (Dec 18, 2007)

Originally posted on 18 Dec 2006 by Donna

I wasn’t going to post about this because I don’t want my friends at my local yarn shops to get mad at me, but I’ve bought so much (for me) yarn in the last couple of months, that I am jumping on the Knit From Your Stash 2007 bandwagon from Wendy Knits.Now, I don’t usually have a big stash. I have a cedar hope chest that I use to store my personal yarn. Whent it is full, I don’t buy any more yarn until I make room. Sometimes I cheat, like when I start a new sweater, I take all of the yarn out of my hope chest and put it in a giant knitting bag and hang it on a doorknob. I have no empty doorknobs in my entire house!

At least that was how it worked up until this year when my husband built me a wall full of cubes to store the yarn for Kitty Knits. Well, now that the Kitty Knits projetcs are all finished, what was I going to do with all those cubes? As it turns out, I was able to clean off a bunch of my doorknobs and organize my stash in a more orderly fashion. I like it!

Another problem that arose over the past few months, is that I was traveling to different places to promote Arctic Lace. It is almost impossible for me to teach a class at a knitting show or a yarn shop without finding something that I absolutely must have! So I have collected a big pile of lace yarn over the last few months. And that’s saying something, because lace yarn is so thin, it takes quite a bit to make a big pile!

So here I am, at the beginning of a new year, and I think I am going to join in on the Knit From Your Stash program. Here are the rules, with my comments added:

  • 1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 — a period of nine months.
  • 2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:
  • 2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

Well, that won’t be a problem for me because I haven’t been into making socks lately.

  • 2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

That’s a good exception because I like to make things for other people, but I usually won’t unless they ask me for something because I don’t want to waste my time knitting something that won’t be appreciated. My sister just asked me to make her this Hello Kitty sweater, and I found the book on e-bay and it is being shipped from Japan. So I will be buying yarn for this, but I sure as heck don’t want to go to the store in the last week

before Christmas, so I will be buying this yarn early in January.

  • 2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project. Most of my stash yarn was purchased in other states or a long time ago, so I’ll have to be careful planning what to make so I don’t run out! I’m on a stole binge right now (an extension of my previous scarf binge but with more intricate patterns), so that gives me a lot of flexibility.
  • 2.d. We each get one “Get Out of Jail Free” card — we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time. Whew! Because I am doing some traveling this year, and I will be going to England and Lithuania in summer. You bet your ass I’ll be buying some yarn, so I’ll have to give myself permission to buy whatever I want on this entire trip, as long as I don’t cheat in the U.S.!
  • 3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

Yipee!

  • 4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

Again, not a problem for me because I also have a closet full of fleece and roving!

That’s it. Do you want to join me? I think it is a good way to get over the excess commercialism of Christmas, don’t you?


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