Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I started "cold sheeping" on January 1, 2008.  Since then--aside from some year-end reward yarn purchases--I have been knitting exclusively from stash.  I admit, I was starting to feel like I haven't even made a dent in my stash, but on a whim I recently tallied up my stash-busting to date:

Today I used up my 200th ball of stash yarn.

No matter how you look at it, 200 skeins of yarn is a lot of yarn.  Want to know how much 200 skeins of yarn actually is?  It would look something like this:
From a how-much-closet-space-it-took-up point of view, this would be quite a conservative picture as I have knit up all my really bulky-weight yarns, and a good chunk of this pile is laceweight because it is the easiest bin to get to, but it is STILL an amazing amount of yarn.  No wonder the stash didn't all fit into the sewing room!

I believe the planned/allowed purchases would come to no more than 35 skeins, so even with that, for the last two and a half years, I have knit 4 times the amount of yarn I've purchased.  Can you believe it?  Usually I've maybe been averaging knitting about half the yarn I purchase in a year if I'm lucky (and have misplaced the credit card for a REALLY long period of time).....I am just SO excited about how much yarn this really is!!!!!  Or I will be--right after I get those 200 balls of yarn put back into the closet.........

ETA:  Double-checking my math, I have now used 220 balls of yarn from the stash.  Even better!  Later tonight I will add it again and am hoping for 240.........