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Looking to Pare Down Your Stash?

By January 4, 2013

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Another problem more seasoned knitters have that they might want to do something about at this time of year is an excessively large stash of yarn. (Last time I looked knitting more from stash was the most popular choice on my resolutions poll!) Of course "excessive" is a matter of opinion, but if your stash is causing you or family members anxiety, if you literally have more yarn than you can possibly store or thinking about cleaning up your yarn is just too much to bear, you probably could stand to do a little stash busting or, at least, knitting from your stash.

stash afghanA stash afghan is a great way to use up bits of yarn. Really need to finish mine. Sarah E. White.

If you're on the cusp of action, read all about stash guilt and whether it's something you need to deal with in your life.

And if you're looking for projects that will help you use up small or large parts of your stash, check out my list of stash-busting projects and books. Of course there are tons of things you can do with little bits of yarn, from stripey scarves to striped armwarmers, funky throws and pillows. I'm thinking hard about working on some more projects like that this year, to help me and you cut back on some of those odd balls.

And like I do every year, I'm declaring a yarn fast for a while. I know I've got yarn for just about any project I might like to do right now, so there is no need to go shopping. I need to enjoy what I have first. As in knitting, so with the rest of life, I suppose. How about you? Are you stash busting this year? I'd love to hear about your efforts.


January 5, 2013 at 9:23 am
(1) Deb says:

I am working on a baby blanket made with stash busting stripes the long way. I do worry about my lys staying in business so I feel the need to support her! Where would I knit with my friends if her shop closed?!

January 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm
(2) Shirley says:

Our local high school has a new knitting class, taught by our favorite yarn store teacher. The kids like fast projects so I filled, to the brim. three 30 gal trash bags with odds and ends of yarn. Maybe two of the same color, or a skein of fun yarn or sock yarn. The kids are crazy over it and are making all sorts of things, from toys, hats, scarves etc. I am 87 and a lot of yarn haas been “left over” from projects, over the years. I am glad for the space I have now and glad that the kids are learning something useful. Good practice for them.

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