We all can agree that I never need to buy yarn again. We would probably all agree that at some point, I will buy more yarn but . . just hear me out please . . I might can explain to some degree how the stash got so out of control.
Knitting isn’t like quilting when it comes to the yarn/fabric. If I’m making a quilt that needs 4 yards of blue, I can likely substitute 2 blue fabrics or 3 or 4 blue fabrics or a whole bunch of blue fabrics and make it scrappy.
Sweaters don’t work so well. Even if I decide to use 2 blues, different yarns behave differently. Even a worsted weight might be 100% wool or 100% superwash wool or 80% wool/20% something else. It might be 2 ply. It might be 4 ply. It might be more plies.
When I buy yarn for a sweater . . say I buy 8 skeins and then I decide to use the yarn for something else, and the next sweater only needs 6 skeins, then I have 2 skeins leftover. I could make mittens or a hat . . but I’m kinda wasting 2 skeins of yarn.
Previously I had organized my yarn and I thought I had done an amazing job. I had it all in bags and labeled as to the project. I had it all on a spreadsheet so I could sort it by yarn weight, pattern, number of skeins, etc.
Now that I’m seriously trying not to buy yarn, it was hard to find the yarn I might want to use if I decided to use yarn dedicated to one project for another project.
Say I want to make Glenfeddich, I could end up pulling yarn from 6 or 8 buckets to decide which yarn I wanted to use.
Last week, I decided I was going to re-do my stash system. It was a huge job but I had lots of help. Boots got into all the buckets to be sure they were worthy of holding my yarn.
Then he posed with each skein of yarn I photographed. Then . . he grabbed each skein and ran off with them! 🙁
Now I have all my yarn in buckets according to weight.
It will be easy to find yarn and hopefully I can use some of what I have instead of buying yarn for every project I want to make. It’s so much easier just to get online and order what I want instead of digging through those buckets but I am going to start digging through them!
On Ravelry, I’ve added most of my stash, photos and all. I can sort the yarn there by weight and that’s another way to find what I may have.
I’ve spent way too much time doing all this but I feel better about the stash and about being able to find things in there. I’ll feel a whole lot better when I start emptying out those totes!