The Yarn Stash

Last night I took pics and documented all of my yarn as part of the Yarn Diet. In the past 5 years or so I’ve accumulated 199 skeins of yarn. O__o Some of them are quite hideous. I’ve bought bundles of cheap yarn at thrift stores and stashed them away, I’ve inherited stashes from friends and relatives who didn’t want theirs anymore, and I’ve bought tons of new yarns for projects that I may not have started or finished.

The first step (besides admitting I have a problem) is counting out all the skeins and taking pics. I did mine by drawer, which is why most of them are sorted by color. Here goes:

The first drawer is the variegated yarns drawer. These are kinda hideous, except for that one in the middle that reminds me of birthday cake but that I have yet to figure out what to do with. Also the three skeins in the top left are pretty, but, again, no idea what to do with them.

Lots of pinks, reds, and purples! I think a giant ugly blanket may be in order. That I will then pick an unsuspecting relative to send to. P.S. Do you see that little ball of purple at the top under the fuzzy red yarn? I dyed that myself with Kool-Aid!

Ah, yes, the drawer of yarns that are currently part of projects I’m actively working on. Like, a year or so ago… The red, black, and blue yarns are for a gigantic Kingdom Hearts blanket I’m slowly working on. Each row takes me about an hour and a half, but one of these days I hope to make some serious progress on it. It will be amazing when it’s finally finished.

The greens. Note the cone on the side there–it’s got A LOT of fingering weight yarn on it. Also note the giant skein of sparkly green Christmas yarn at the bottom. It seemed like a good idea when I saw it at the thrift store.

Blues. I like most of these, and I have plans already for the three at the top. Also, you can’t tell from this pic, but the one in the center is sparkly. I’ve already used quite a bit of it, but it’s still giant.

Why is there so much peach and orange? Who thought that was a good idea?

The off whites! I actually like most of these, though I don’t know what to make with them. My only regrets are the two fuzzy spools on the left. They’re kind of coarse, despite being so fuzzy.

Black and white drawer. I have no doubt most of these will eventually get used up, as black and white come in handy pretty often.

UGHHH. Those four skeins of brown in the bottom center are WEIRD. The yarn is, like, maybe lace weight (really thin) and crimped. What the hell was I thinking when I saw these at the thrift store? Just because there’s lots of one yarn for cheap doesn’t mean I’ll be able to find something to do with it. Same goes for that giant blob of gray. It’s nice yarn, but holy cow, that’s a lotta yarn.

And finally the mismatched drawer of supposedly current projects (since the other drawer filled up a long time ago). I’m hoping to find something cool to do with the red ones.

And that’s it! Er, except for the five skeins I have coming in the mail. And the one ball of red tweed I forgot to take a picture of. To do the yarn diet, I’m not supposed to buy yarn more than five times between now and June 1st. Unless of course I manage to use up half of my stash in that time. I’m torn between finishing the projects I’ve already got going or just making some quick but ugly afghans to get rid of some of those. Must finish the commissioned piece I’m working on first, and the hat I’ve started. And maybe the scarf I started. And, um, write some novels or something.

  1. Tami Klockau

    I must say, nice stash, though that’s not bad for over 5 years. My stash of 244 has been bought over the last YEAR! Oops. LOL I say do projects you want to do instead of just trying to make a big ugly blanket to get rid of the yarn. You can always make amigurumi out of the really ugly stuff. OR, if it’s natural fibers you can over-dye it. Looking forward to see what you decide to make throughout the 5 months!

    It is hard to find time to craft AND write, isn’t it?

  2. Alea

    Love your commentary! I think we are going to have fun :)

  3. sillylittlelady

    I’m going to be joining the Yarn Diet too! My big post is coming on Thursday :D

    I can’t wait to bust through some of this yarn and make some super cool projects!

  4. LizaM

    I added up my stash and I had 587 balls! My blog is supposed to be all about knitting down the stash. Not so successful last year but I am determined this year.

  5. Chelsea Campbell

    Whoa, holy crap! That’s a lotta yarn! Good luck knitting it down–we can do this! :)

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