Sparked by the upcoming Knitting Olympics, I spent a good portion of yesterday organizing my queue, photographing my stash, and matching the two up. This has lead to some startling conclusions. One, I have at current more than fifteen cardigans either in my queue, knit up, or on the needles. I have really tried to look at them objectively. Will I enjoy knitting and wearing it? If yes, then it stays. But will I need quite so many cardis?
Conclusion number two, I have a lot more yarn than I thought, and much of it is crap.
Selection of crap yarn for your perusal
While bad stash in itself is not really uncommon, cataloging it in such a way really drives it home. I had recently taken the stash down (from the top of the bedroom closet) in front of my husband. When I was done searching through it like a madwoman he remarked that he had no idea that I had so much yarn.
What his muggle eyes couldn’t see that any knitter could have, there are few yarns that are usable, and even fewer in large enough quantities to make garments. By comparison to most, my stash is small. But it can be seen as quite large by a select few.
I’m expecting three more bags of yarn from my dear, favorite, most well loved Little Knits. With that addition I will currently have enough yarn to knit the most desired large items from my queue and enough miscellanous stash to make most of the hats, cowls, mittens, etc…
So while I have no plans to go on a stash diet, or formally join any knit from your stash a-longs, I do plan to utilize some of the things that have been lingering since I began this knitting journey some years ago. I’m kind of excited to see how much I can eek out of what I have. And I am perhaps too excited to start the Olympics :0) But I’ll save that for another post.