Last year, I wanted to reduce my yarn stash. I had four medium to small baskets full of yarn. This for me was too much, I normally don’t like to have a lot of items in the house not being used. I feel that everything should have a purpose. My goal was not to buy any new yarn but use what I had on hand. This proved harder than expected. I was able to knit two baby presents. The nimbus cardigan and textured wrap. Lastly two pairs of socks. I found that I small amounts of yarn left over from previous projects. Many are not enough to make a complete project. So I’ve come up with some ideas.
Lifelines- I use lifelines in many of my projects. I try to minimize as many mistakes as possible. I feel if you are going to take the time to create something it should your best without mistakes. It makes it easier to rip out a mistake without having to start the process over again. Although, I feel that my knitting has improved over the years. Well, I haven’t reached that perfection yet, therefore, I use lifelines. Here is my lifeline stash.
I have various weights and colors of yarn. This is one way that I found to use up my stash in a resourceful way.
However, I still have two dilemmas of full and partial skeins of yarn. I got a great suggestion from one of my co-workers. She suggested I go to the Scrap Exchange. It a creative center in the community. They will accept donations of items including crafting supplies. Many artist and teachers use the Scrap Exchange to obtain supplies. They even have classes. I feel better about getting rid of my partial skeins of yarn. However, I have second dilemma-what to do with my full skeins of yarn. I have to admit I enjoy buying yarn. At times, I may a have an idea of making a particular item or I just see some yarn and I just want it. I feel that I may need to rethink my project planning process. Anyway, I have some full skeins that I have not used. The main reason why I haven’t used them is that in knitting a swatch, I found out that I didn’t like working with yarn. I tried different needles but I still am hitting a wall. Normally, if I like the yarn I will find something to make with the yarn. I’ve been thinking now that I may want to donate these skeins of yarn. I’ve thought of selling them on Ravelry as well so I have to make a decision.
How about you, do you have a large stash of yarn you are comfortable with keeping. And what do you do with partial skeins of yarn? I would love to know.
2 thoughts on “Yarn Stash”
I’m like you I don’t have too large a stash (a couple of hat trunks, a plastic box and one shelf in a cupboard). Most of it is odds and ends left over from completing projects. Although I prefer to knit I always have a crocheted blanket on the go to use up some of the stray pieces. The other project I have started using some of the larger scraps is a knitted blanket of squares based on dishcloth patterns.
I like your suggestion to make a blanket from left over yarn. It reminds me of a “quilting”. If you used granny squares or another pattern it look good with the different colors blended together 😀