I’ve been working on getting rid of my stash completely. This is my primary goal for 2019 is to eliminate the stash. See my January 24th post on my first efforts. Ive finished my donations to the Scrap Exchange. Now the knitting begins! I’ve decided to knit up my remaining stash. There will probably be a lot of cowls and scarfs in my future. I’m finding that I do like wearing cowls. I think it will be more practical to purchase yarn when I’m ready to make a specific item so that I have enough yarn for the project. I think my real problem is that I can’t go to a yarn store without buying at least one or two skeins of yarn.
My current WIP is inspired by the Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn. In reading the directions I thought of an easier way to knit the cowl. I am using the provisional cast-on though. The piece will be knitted and I’ll connect the ends together. The pattern calls for a provisional cast-on knitted in the round. I found two yarns in my stash that were the same weight and similar in content.
There has been a lot going on with me over the past couple of weeks. A close friend of mine just found out the her cancer has come back again for the third time. Unfortunately, it has spread. I wanted to spend some time with her as she has decided not to pursue treatment this time around. I wanted to let her know that I supported her decision. I haven’t spent much time doing any types of crafts. I’ve spending some my free time with her and I don’t feel that motivated to do anything just yet. I have some ideas of some projects. I’ll get back into the groove when I ready. Normally sewing or knitting relaxes me but I’m just not feeling relaxed but I feel like I’m trying to force things. I’ve donated more yarn that I don’t want or feel that I will use. As well as I been organizing my craft area.
I did get a chance to get my new sewing machine-the Singer Stylist 7258. I did a quick test by hemming a jacket. It worked get and I know that I’ll enjoy working it. I have a couple of patterns that I want to sew. As well as I need to fix a zipper in a skirt. I thought I had a zipper in my stash but I need to get a matching zipper for the skirt.
Thank you for stopping by and spending some time here today.
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.