I’ve never actually reconsidered a project but that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend. Being a process knitter, I usually just plow through a project. So, let’s back up. As I mentioned last week I’m participating in the #loveyouryarnchallenge on Instagram (along with everyone else in the knitting world) and Friday’s prompt was your oldest stash. (Side note – if you’re looking for a nice distraction check out that hashtag. One prompt was where you knit and that day was filled with beautiful nooks, another day was travel knitting and that had pictures from all over. It’s a great place to just relax and enjoy yarn)
Anyway, oldest stash. I had been thinking all day at work about what that might be. I had a couple of things in mind (and also thought it might be time to destash those as I have no interest in knitting them). It then came to me – the bag that is my Barn Raising Quilt. And then it occurred to me that this is where the stash began.
I started the Barn Raising Quilt sometime prior to July, 2008. I know this because it was my travel project during my trip to Australia. I also know that because it was around 2008 when I started going to my current LYS which is where I got the book and the yarn for the project.
I started knitting in 2003 and for those first five years I was basically a buy yarn, knit project, go buy new yarn type of person. I had collected some leftovers from projects but really didn’t have a “stash” per se. The Barn Raising Quilt is in a book called Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. It might be one of the first few knitting books I bought. I think I bought it for the Pinwheel Blanket which is a fun baby blanket because it’s round!
I decided to start the Quilt as I knew it would be a good travel project. Here’s the funny thing – the project talks about how you can use your leftovers to make the squares. I had none so I bought a ton of sock yarn to start the blanket. Hence, I now refer to this as the starter stash, you know like a sourdough starter or a friendship bread starter. In 9 years, I’ve knit 9 squares and they are different sizes because at some point I changed needle sizes. When I pulled it out to photograph I really started to think about it.
What I thought was – I hate knitting these squares. They are very fiddly to start with and they are actually very large so knocking one out in a night is not always an option. This might explain my lack of progress. Also, it turns out it’s a terrible travel project. I always lose a dpn or a stitch marker and trying to start one while moving is not fun.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the existing squares but I am going to put the yarn in with the rest of my stash. I can say that my color sense has not changed much over the past 9 years. I still love all this yarn, it just needs to be something different. So, with that, I will hold a minute of silence for my Barn Raising Quilt, and then move on to something new.
I’ve been seeing, hearing and reading more and more about the minimalist movement. I like it (see any of my rummage sale posts and you’ll know I’m not a hoarder). This weekend I got two new t-shirts as a result of attending Arena Bowl XXVII. It prompted to institute a strict one in, one out policy so this morning I went to pick out two old ones to get rid of. I think I did better than that and got rid of 3 or 4. From there I went into my yarn room closet where I throw everything I will donate one day. I bagged up everything in there and even threw in a few sweaters that mock me every time I open the armoire because I never wear them.
From there I turned to my yarn wall. It’s quite a disaster. I may have had some type of system when I moved in but that is long gone. It needs some help and as I stood and stared blankly at it, I realized I need a plan before I tackle this job. I’m just not sure if I want to go color, fiber type, some other system. I need to think it through and check around for ideas. When I get to this, I would also like to add my stash to my Ravelry page. It took me quite awhile to add all my magazines and books but I’ve been so happy that I did that. It makes it so much easier to search through what I already own (and, sadly, it gives you an exact count of the number of patterns you own – a very scary number, indeed!) I also like tracking my needles on Ravelry. That being said, I still have duplicates and triplicates of needles for no good reason. Best guess – the needles were on a UFO when I did the inventory. I’ve not used Ravelry for tracking my stash at all but I’m starting to think it’s a good idea. I just forget about all the wonderful yarn I have. I’m thinking this might be a good winter’s day project…
As a side note, while I was doing all this purging in the yarn room I was listening to podcasts which I just love. This week I discovered the lovely Isabelle from Fluffy Fibers. She is based in the south of France so I could listen all day. You can find her blog here. Her podcast is in English but it got me thinking that maybe I will find a blog and/or podcast in French as I’m always attempting to approve my language skills and I think immersion is the way to go.
Tonight I’ve been focusing on making a few changes to my blog appearance. The main addition is my Bloglovin follow button. I’ve seen references to Bloglovin on other sites and on Twitter but I was not really sure what it was or what it did. When I found the Fluffy Fiber podcast today I looked up her blog and it was on Blogspot. I’ve found a few other blogs on Blogspot that I would like to keep up with but am not interested in creating an account. Imagine my delight when I found out that Bloglovin lets you follow blogs from any site and keeps them in a nice, easy feed. The site made if very easy for me to “claim” my blog and gave excellent directions on adding the follow widget to my blog. So, I’ve added that, changed a few other appearance items and hopefully corrected the double posting to my Twitter account. I’d say that’s really productive Sunday!! Now, I have 6 1/2 rows plus the cast off and I might have a finished project to cap off my Sunday night – how exciting!
If you have any thoughts, suggestions, ideas on organizing stash please leave a comment and let me know!