Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I have a stash! Okay so it's only 6 skeins. LOL I will probably never be one to have a huge stash - the main reason being finances. I just don't have money to spend on yarn that will just sit there for a long time. I wish I did though!

Also I really prefer to pick a project first and then buy the yarn to go with it. I'm just not good at buying yarn without knowing what it's for - how much do I get is one issue. The exception may be sock yarn, and if I do end up with any sort of real stash it will probably be composed mainly of that. It's easy to know how much sock yarn to buy.

So anyway, other than a million half used balls of Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Cream cotton yarn, some leftover thread from crocheting doilies, and I believe I have a skein of Red Heart for Kids yarn that I didn't end up needing for Lindsey's scarf, here's "my stash":

Dyeabolical Yarns - Alter Ego Merino Sock Yarn
Color: Neapolitan
I just received this last week. I bought it from DyeabolicalYarns.etsy.com. I actually had it in my cart a few times before Christmas, and then deleted it right before finishing the order. I wanted to wait to see what I would get at my LYS a few weeks ago first. I didn't see anything like it so I got home and bought this. I just love the colors. Not sure what sock pattern I will use for this yet.

Knit Picks CotLin
Color: Fiesta Pink
No idea what I'm going to make with this 70% cotton 30% linen yarn. I was placing an order from Knit Picks and just decided to throw this in my cart and try it.

Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted

Color: Chianti
Bought at my LYS, 2 skeins, to make Fuzzy Feet from Knitty.com

SWTC Tofutsies
Color: #800?
Bought from my other LYS, not sure what pattern I will use this with yet either.

Plymouth Boku

Color: Olives
When I bought the Cascade 220 from Patternworks for the felted bag I'm making, I also threw in this - it came with a free pattern for a very small felted purse.

I'm so proud of my little stash. :-)

I'm almost finished with my socks! I need to finish them by Thursday, the end of January. It will only have taken me 3 months from start to finish. LOL A full month of that time at least was spent with the socks "on hold" either waiting for help when I was stuck or waiting for more yarn to come in at Knit Picks. I don't plan for my next pair of socks to take that long! I just have 3 rounds of the toe then kitchener it together.

I was going to finish the socks last night but by the time I got the kids in bed I was way too tired to do anything but watch TV. My husband left to go out of town for work yesterday and wouldn't you know it, I woke up with a sore throat. So not only will I be shouldering the whole load of taking care of 2 active little girls and homeschooling my son, but I'm sick on top of it. Then I was up 8 times with my youngest last night who came down with a cold late in the day yesterday.

I'm also almost done with my felted purse and the other project that shall not be named since it's a gift. When I finish all those I will post pics. Then I will start swatching for my next pair of socks. I can't wait!


cheesehead with sticks said...

Muahaha - carefull, you have one foot sliding off that slippery slope! It builds up, even with things you only bought to knit for your "next project" faster than you can see it coming! Even with a limited budget. Unless of course, you have more discipline than I.

Chris said...

well you are coming along nicely. Keep up the good work. It has taken me years to accumulate my stash.

Faith said...

With the Tofutsies and Dyeabolical you could do something like Broadripple, Carolina, Monkey or Jaywalker. All of those work well with multi colored yarn, and none of them are very difficult patterns (especially not the first two.)

I applaud your careful stash building principles. I also tend to buy only for projects...but since I've been doing that for several years now, it seems that I manage to buy a little bit faster than I can knit...whoops! I'm proud of my stash though, and there's nothing in there that I wouldn't knit, given the time. =)


Christine Tremoulet said...

I always buy yarn with a project in mind, but I currently have too much yarn. I think I'm going to have to have a yarn sale soon!

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NH Knitting Mama said...

Oooh, great stash! I like to pick the project first, too.

Gwendolyn's Gifts said...

Give it time...Stash isn't something you plan, it just happens to unsuspecting knitters (who secretly love that it does!).

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