Do you buy yarn just for the sake of buying? Or, when you stop into a yarn shop, feel compelled to buy a skein or two so you won’t hurt the owner’s feelings? Well, that’s me in a nutshell and has been for many years.
Last month I started going through my stash of yarn, believe me that was a task and not everything had been put onto Ravelry, so I really didn’t know quite what I had. I soon begin to realize that I simply was not in love with the majority of the yarn I owned and it was time to part with many single skeins that would never become socks or shawls, and skeins that I still don’t know why I bought but I had to have them. With that in mind, I decided if I wasn’t going to ever use it, then I really needed to loose it!
I slowly went through every bin and started putting aside the skeins of yarn I knew that I would never use for projects. After taking inventory of my yarn, I moved on to my fiber stash and set aside braids I knew deep down I would never spin. Next step in my destash project, photographing everything that I decided must go. Now that was a chore in itself, but it had to be done before I could list it to sell. After a couple of weeks of selling on eBay, everything I had listed was on its way to a new home and I had emptied out enough bins to be able to reorganize my yarn and have everything in one place. It really felt good to look around my craft room and not see piles of yarn and fiber everywhere.
This year and going forward, I have challenged myself to purchase enough skeins of yarn for a project in mind and not just buy to be buying. I have also challenged myself to whittle down the remainder of my yarn and fiber stash before adding more to it.
With that being said, I have since purchased a bit of fiber for a spinning project that I will be starting this weekend for a lovely handspun cardi. I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to get started on it. I have also started queuing projects in Ravelry to go with the yarn in my stash. I have already found a few additional skeins that might not work out, so now I must decide to either use it, or simply loose it.
I will be working on my challenges and will try with all my might to restrain myself from buying, but as all of you fiber folk know, that is a hard thing to do at times
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!