The Yarn Stash

I don’t really have any friends here who knit. As you know, I get kind of obsessive about buying for whatever I’m involved with so my yarn stash has just . . well, gotten totally out of control. That’s not a bad thing because some day Vince is going to retire and even though I hope we’re not struggling financially during our retirement years, I doubt I’d feel real good about spending lots of money on yarn so it’s nice that I have a good stash.

This week, since I’ve basically sat in the recliner and been in bed about 24/7, I’ve had lots of time to think and I wondered . . what about your stash?

  • Do you have sweater quantities of yarn?
  • Do you mostly have one skeins of a whole bunch of different yarns . . I guess this would mostly apply to sock yarn?
  • Did you buy the yarn with a purpose/project in mind? If so, do you remember what the project was or do you have it all organized so that you do know what yarn was meant for what pattern?
  • Do you still like the yarn/patterns even though it’s been a while since you bought them?
  • How likely are you to use the yarn that you have before buying more?  

In my mind, yarn is a bit different from fabric. I can always piece together odd pieces of fabric to make a backing for a quilt, or make a scrappy quilt but with all the different contents/weights/plies of yarns, I don’t see doing a lot with odd skeins of yarn. If a sweater pattern calls for 1400 yards and I only have 1100 yards, I might can add a second yarn that’s the same weight, same fiber content, same washing instructions  and add a stripe or accents but for the most part, I want the exact same yarn from the exact same dye lot and therefore, I find it easier to buy new yarn for new projects and get exactly what I need.  Likewise, if I have 1400 yards here and the pattern calls for 1100 yards, I feel like I’m wasting a whole skein by using a lesser amount of the yarn and I end up buying new yarn.

Is this how you feel or do I need intervention? :)

Knit With Me?

I was thinking last night that it might be fun to do some “knit alongs” of sorts. I think from now on, I’ll announce ahead of time what I’m planning to start and if anyone wants to do with me, we can knit along together!

Anyone want to do a Carabe Kid with me?

Carabe Kid

Carabe Kid

It uses DK weight yarn. I’m making the size 4 for Addie and I’m using Mrs. Crosby’s Carpet Bag in Hollywood Cerise and Golden Butter so it will match Nicole’s Carabe. The size 4 takes 530 yards of the main color and 135 yards of contrasting colored yarn.  The pattern goes from size 12 months to 10 years and I found it easy to make to I believe the pattern is a good investment . . something I’ll probably use more than once.

Anyway . . if anyone wants to grab some DK weight yarn and buy the pattern, I plan to start mine towards the end of next week and I’d love to have someone knitting it along with me.

 

Yarn Report – Week 33, 2014

There were several additions this week but almost everything already has a purpose.

First, there was Wollmeise from last week’s update. Left to right, 2 skeins of each:  Sonne, Paul, Red Hot Chili. Just look at those colors!

Wollmeise

Wollmeise

Next is 7 skeins of Alpaca. This yarn is a bit thicker than the last yarn I had from my friend. I’m thinking this one is going to swatch up to being more of a DK than sport weight yarn so I may change my mind about it’s purpose. This yarn feels so good!

 

Alpaca Yarn

Alpaca Yarn

These three skeins are Madelinetosh A.S.A.P., which is a super bulky weight yarn and I figured Nicole and I will make hats from it, to get her used to knitting in the round using circular needles, but by the time I get there, she’s probably going to have finished a pair of socks so she may not even need my help.

Madelinetosh A.S.A.P.

Madelinetosh A.S.A.P.

The four skeins below are Mrs. Crosby’s Carpet Bag. On the left are Smokey Granite and Red King Radish. On the left are Midnight Aubergine (which is truly purple) and Golden Butter. Nicole and I are going to make us each a Dual Tone Cowl. Red King Radish/Smokey Granite for me and Midnight Aubergine/Golden Butter for her.

Mrs. Crosby's Carpet Bag

Mrs. Crosby’s Carpet Bag

And last  . . Three Irish Girls Springvale DK in Cian. I have loved the color since I first saw it and every time I would start to buy it, I would think “you look horrible in yellow” but the color makes me happy so I decided to just get it! I’m going to use it for a Grandpa Cardigan.

Three Irish Girls Springvale DK

Three Irish Girls Springvale DK

27 skeins added . . nothing to report as used. Doing great . . wouldn’t you say?  :(

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 45 skeins
Added this week: 27 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 230 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 185 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)