Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mardi Gras (in other words: splurge before you diet)

I've decided to go on a yarn diet, kind of based on Wendy's Knit from Your Stash 2007. My stash really isn't that big (I don't think--but I could just be in denial) so it's going to be a modified one. Basically, the rule is: I am not allowed to buy more yarn until I've finished the projects that I already have.

Tonight, I went through my stash and sorted it into three groups: WIP's, "nice yarn" and "bleah yarn". The "bleah yarn" group consists mostly of old acrylic yarns that I purchased or received before I knew there was nicer stuff out there. It's nice to keep around when I need scrap yarn for temporary stitches or for holding live stitches to try on a garment, or to wrap around when I'm winding yarn into hanks. I may or may not see if Goodwill will take most of it. The "nice yarn" group is just that: nicer yarns, like silky wool, or 100% wool, things I've bought but don't have a specific project in mind for yet. They're just "marinating" right now. WIP's are just that: Things like Bristow, Eris, and Scheherezade, along with some yarn that has a specific project attatched to it that I haven't started, or started and frogged, like my Mom's socks.

The plan is to finish everything in my WIP basket before I can buy new yarn. Originally, my plan was to clean out the "nice yarns" group, too, but after looking at it tonight, and the more I think about it, the less likely it is to happen. Let's be realistic: I've got to have SOME stash, don't I? :)
That said, I went to my LYS today and snooped around to see what I could find before I'm banned. Here's what I found:

3 Skeins of Noro Silk Garden Color #221, and 2 of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool Color #18. I'm not sure what I want to make with them. Maybe a hat and scarf and mittens. The Noro is worsted weight and the Silky Wool is DK, so I'm going to have to do some swatching and see what comes out. If I knit with 2 strands of DK weight together, does that come out the same as worsted weight? I guess we'll have to see. They've gone into the "nice yarns" box for now.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:06 AM

    I am also trying my hardest to knit from my stash. (Although there was that one purchase a couple of weeks ago ~ it is so hard to be good!)