Thursday, January 01, 2009

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  • A Whole New Year

    I drink to the days that are.
    -William Morris

    I did it! Here's The State of the Stash:

    December 31, 2008
    Skeins: 499.75
    Yards: 86,124

    If we recall, my goal was to get under 500 skeins, and under 100,000 yards. I squeaked by, barely. But I also bought quite a bit of yarn this year, including the many skeins for two adult and one baby Dale sweater, and, uh other various yarns. Including these:Enter A Time Warp Phenomenon. Because if that was my stash at 23:59:59 on December 31, 2008, how is this my stash on January 1, 2009 at 24:00:01?
    January 1, 2009
    Skeins: 515.75
    Yards: 92,269

    That mass of lovely sock yarn I bought on a great Ravelry destash sale. 17 skeins of lovely yarn for about $100. You would have, too. So I used a little creative accounting and a stuck it in the stash on a time warp phenomenon.

    So now that we've faced up to it all . . . where are we going this year?
    • Knit 100 skeins
    • Reduce the stash by 1/3 (30,756 yds)
    The 100 skeins are easy. I knit much more than that this past year. And I did reduce my stash - barely. Because I kept buying more yarn, although mostly for specific projects. The Dales need what they need.

    The 30,000+ yds? A little more difficult. Because this is net negative 30,000 yds in spite of any purchases for, you know, Dale sweaterLinks. But I don't have to knit down all of this, because destashing will count. This will get me much closer to my imagined, presumed, sort of what I think is my "happy stash place." I'm guessing I'd like to have about 50,000 yds on hand. I want the ability to start pretty much any project I want at 2am, but the ability also to go and buy yarn for any reason at any time.

    How does that sound? Would it sound even better if I told you that I already ordered the stockings from Judy's Colors? The Christmas spirit and all.



    Blogger Rebecca said...

    I've ordered the Damask Rose to knit and plan to get two more when this one is done. Which ones did you order? I thought you had already knit stockings for you and the husband.....

    1/02/2009 12:10 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm giving the 100 balls of yarn out thing a try as well. Although you've been inspiring me to get yarn for a Dale of Norway sweater of my own so we'll see what happens!

    1/02/2009 6:37 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It sounds like a great plan and about the perfect balance.

    Christmas Spirit AND planning ahead!

    1/02/2009 7:00 PM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    This is so amazing! I'm not really clear on how much space 600 skeins of yarn occupies but I'm thinking it's a lot! Congratulations on the stash down and good luck next year! Happy New Year!

    1/03/2009 9:31 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Wow, I am a really slow knitter. Thank goodness my stash is proportionately smaller to compensate. ;) Congrats on reaching your goal for the year!

    1/13/2009 8:50 AM  
    Blogger Angelika said...

    That's a lot of yarn you have there. But then I shouldn't be talking. Most of mine is still in boxes from the last move, so I really don't have the right overview to tell how much I have. Let's say it's not easy walking into my closet. :)

    1/14/2009 6:19 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Every attempt to decrease stash ends in abject failure. I don't seem to have a superego.

    1/21/2009 5:36 AM  

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