Monday, November 9, 2009

Oh My!

So, in deciding whether or not to buy yarn at the end of the year or do another year of Cold Sheeping OR do both, some helpful person--whom I will eventually be forgiving--suggested I reexamine my stash to see where I was at. 

According to Ravelry, I have 674 balls of yarn and 128,777 or 73 MILES of yarn in my stash.

Oh my....

Granted, some of that yarn is involved in my 14 wips, and Ravelry really doesn't account for yarn used until a project is finished....but there is also still some yarn that isn't on Ravelry, so they probably even out. 

Part of me, of course, would argue that as it's my hobby and something I enjoy, why not just go ahead and have a really large stash and to heck with the cold sheeping.  Generally, I would be of that opinion, but the fabric and yarn stash has become a bit of a space problem.  I have it all crammed INTO the sewing room, but sometime I'd like to be able to put the doors back onto the closet and perhaps be able to walk around freely in there.

So....I think I am going to reward myself with something OTHER than fabric or knitting before going on my THIRD year of Cold Sheeping, but I might reserve the right to make one yarn purchase if things get too hard.  Two full years without buying any yarn????????


Gaidig said...

You could reward yourself with a trip, a fancy dinner, tickets to a play, a special technique class, a fancy gadget... get creativew about your reward and you'll get excited about it.

Or you could get special shelving for your craft room, but that's just not as much fun.

SpongebobTanu said...

ooof! you are stronger than I to actually examine and total up the stash! though I COMPLETELY understand the space issue as i'm facing the same problem myself at the moment. It has gotten so bad especially with my spinning stash that i'm actually considering spinning up the stuff that is the floofiest (therefore takes up the most amount of precious retail space) first so i can free up the shelves.

I encourage the idea of rewarding yourself with something other than yarn or fabric. how about upgrading some of your equipment - maybe a nicer set of knitting needles or a new sewing machine?

bittenbyknittin said...

How about rewarding yourself with a knitting cruise? You could pay for it in yarn! (Now I have to go count my stash....)

RobinH said...

Er. Sorry about that. Still, you *have* knit almost 11 miles of yarn this I'm not helping, am I? I'll just go away and leave you to fondle your stash for while, why don't I?

AlisonH said...

It's a yarn library. It's there so that inspiration can hit at 10 pm and you can dive right in.

Speaking of which, after buy three dozen 1 lb cones of baby alpaca fingering weight five or six years ago, I'm almost out of it! Panic!