The badges are like Alcoholics Anonymous--they are for consecutive days with NO yarn purchases at all. Pre-badge, I always allowed myself to buy yarn to finish a project if I needed to, and I had done various "reward yarn" experiments, which were always pretty much a disaster. I'd like to think that my stash has shrunk a great deal in the last 6.5 years, and I think it has, but I never had a full tally of ALL my yarn to begin with, and the "I'm-feeling-sorry-for-myself-over-the-back" binge was a WHOPPER, but now that the stash is all contained within the sewing room, I think it must have shrunk. Now with the badges it is REALLY shrinking, though having knit up only 6600 yards last year, it's shrinking slowly. But if I held on and went for the three year badge, I could do some serious stash-reduction--if I can do it.
Of course, I have enough yarn to do it. And I'm a lot less tempted to buy yarn on stressful days than I used to be. But I won't hit the 2-year mark until November 1, so I'm still a long way from that 2-year badge. I've been sorting through my stash on Ravelry and assigning patterns to yarn, and aside from WIPs, I have 94 projects lined up for existing yarn. Actually, there are even MORE than that because some of the yarns are lined up for more than one project, so if I focused on getting through that list, I could do it. The problem is, I've gotten a bit weird about not wanting to use up certain yarns. It's not that I want to keep the yarn exactly, but I do have trouble committing the yarn to a specific project. Some of it has been with me for a very long time, after all. We have history together, and may some day want to laugh over it with a cup of tea and a shot of Woolite. The idea that there is not going to be more yarn coming into the house for some time has made it almost impossible to commit some of my yarns to patterns, which probably sounds insane, but since we're talking about a 10-year supply of yarn anyway, I think we've crossed that bridge a long time ago...............So yesterday I went digging through my stash (the part I can reach without having to lift anything heavy) to see if I could find stash that I moved into this house 7.5 years ago to use for my March Madness Sweater.
One contender is:
Braveheart. I actually have 3 more cones in purple somewhere, though I'm resisting the urge to go looking for them just yet because half of that yarn is reserved for Mystic by Alice Starmore, and I'd like to actually FINISH this year's March Madness sweater in March, and even I have enough sense to not attempt to try to knit anything by Alice Starmore in less than a year.
Another contender is:
Millet, but I do hesitate just a bit to commit to knitting mohair solidly for one month--even in stockinette.
Also a possibility, is a cardigan made from the leftover yarn from this:
Another idea was to finally use up the last of my "what-if-I-run-out-of-yarn" purchase in December of 2007 right before attempting my first year of Cold Sheeping. If I remember right, there were 75 balls of yarn, and this
And the final contender,
cardigan on size 7-9 needles.
Barbara also posted some lovely suggestions on the March Madness website, and aside from Medeival, which would do simply ghastly things to my hips, I've now added all of them to my Raverly queue as well. :)
Decisions, decisions, decisions........................