A Funny Yarn Story

I love it when things work out like this. Since I’m really determined to use what I have here, and not buy more yarn, this incident made me smile.

Laura Aylor, one of my favorite knitting designers, is having a special “Just for You” project. The info and how to get the pattern free until December 18 is available through the link. I signed up to get the pattern but I don’t have much Bulky weight yarn sitting around. In fact, I doubted that I had any. It isn’t something I stash. I’ve bought it a few times or specific projects. The pattern calls for 340 yards of Bulky weight yarn. I figured I would get the pattern while it was free and watch as others made it (It’s a Knit Along of sorts), and if I love the design (it’s a mystery of sorts too), then I would order the yarn.

In one of the extra bedrooms, the bed was piled pretty high with yarn. While cleaning and sorting, I came across one skein of of Dream in Color Groovy on the bed. The color is Lipstick Lava . . kind of a pinky/orangy/red. I wasn’t sure why I had even purchased the yarn. I stuck it aside and was going to toss it into a “What Was I Thinking?” tub. As I was going through yarn that was in grocery sacks, mostly all with the pattern that yard was intended for, I came across a bag with two more skeins of Lipstick Lava. I thought . . wait a minute . . isn’t this the same yarn I found in the bedroom?

Lipstick Lava

Lipstick Lava

 

Yep, three skeins! Laura’s pattern calls for 340 yards. I have 360 yards. That’s when you love your stash! It isn’t the color I would have chosen for me. I think I had intended to make something for Addie but I cannot figure out what it was, so I’ll use it for Laura’s project and that will be 3 skeins used!

Sewing Room Yarn

Gwen asked if the yarn already in the sewing room was organized in the same way as the yarn I’ve been organizing. Pretty much!

Sewing Room Yarn

Sewing Room Yarn

The picture is a bit blurry. I was being nudged by a cat trying to get to the camera strap. The yarn in the sewing room is pretty much all sock yarn or yarn that I bought when I first started buying yarn other than sock yarn so mostly everything in there is single skeins.  This yarn was all purchased for either socks, scarves or other one skein type projects. It was almost all bought before I began knitting sweaters.

I have it organized in boxes basically as follows:

  • Wollmeise Pure
  • Wollmeise Twin (and there are several tubs of each)
  • Madelinetosh Sock
  • Madelinetosh TML
  • Madelinetosh Pashmina
  • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock
  • Miscellaneous Fingering Weight (several tubs of that)

The advice I always give new quilters is this:  Don’t buy a lot of fabric til you know what you’re going to prefer to use. I now use almost all tone on tone fabrics. It’s pretty rare to see florals or plaids in my quilts. I should have taken my own advice when buying yarn. I think I’ve learned my lesson. Seeing all the yarn, and I do think it has all been unearthed and placed in the appropriate tub now, has been an eye opener. But let me tell you . . there is a lot of beautiful yarn in those tubs!

Yarn Organizing

If you ever doubted my resolve to use the yarn I have here, you can put those doubts aside. I had ordered 16 – 18 quart Sterlite containers from Walmart and they arrived earlier in the week. 

There was yarn everywhere! Both extra bedrooms had yarn, there were bags of yarn in our room. There’s still quite a few tubs of yarn in the sewing room but I just wanted to get everything in the house organized.  Yesterday I filled 15 of the 16 containers. 

Yarn Box #1

Yarn Box #1

Some of the yarns have patterns already and some don’t.

Yarn Box 14

Yarn Box 14

100% of the yarn is not organized yet but it’s way better than it was. I have a better idea of how much yarn I have and I know which yarns are matched to patterns and which yarns are free to be used for something else. If I see a pattern I want to make, I’ll go through and see which yarns would work and whether I want to make the pattern they’re already assigned to or whether I want to  switch and make the new pattern . . but no new yarn.