Over the last two-three years, I have been adding my yarn stash to Ravelry in order to manage it a bit easier. It obviously took quite a bit of time, but when I do get the urge to buy yarn, I can go online and browse my own stash, which does feel quite a bit like online shopping, and of course it helps to remind myself how much yarn I already have to knit with. This is all good. And when I use up yarn, I can move it to the "used up" tab, which means my stash is always current.
Since I started doing the chemo caps, using one ball of Elann Esprit yarn for each cap, I've been moving a lot of formerly "in stash" yarn to the "all used up" tab. Each time, it feels like an amazing accomplishment, and I'm now up to 30 items in my "used up" tab. Being able to see my stash progress every day in such a quick and easy manner is pretty exciting. Not all the yarn I've knitted up in the last 3 years was even on Ravelry, so it doesn't really show a true picture of my progress, but it does show progress--which especially helps on days when I feel like I'm really not reducing the stash.
All of that is to explain this:
the pattern--but I wanted a "used up" entry more than I wanted the hat. Of course, that could have something to do with the fact it has warmed into the 40s this week making the hat too warm to wear currently. Next cold snap I assume will be much more thrilled with the hat than the Ravelry entry.
Working on all these gifts has shamed me into digging out Andy's birthday sweater (you know, that was supposed to be done in JULY)
I have also spent some time on the Pi shawl
Of course, it might be time for a quick browse through my stash for another one or two skein entry........