Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cold Sheep in 2010

I'd be lying if I said that recently I began to realize the immense size of my stash.  I've actually known about the enormity for quite some time, but only in the last month or so did I finally make myself face the fact that I have more yarn than is humanly possible to knit in a lifetime.  Some of you may think I'm exaggerating, but it's absolutely true.

When I read about knitters who say that their stash has gotten out of control when it's overflowing the basket sitting beside their knitting chair, I want to laugh/cry/hang my head in sheepish embarrassment.  Because I only wish that that was the extent of my stash.

Truth is, the once small basket beside my knitting chair has turned into two large overflowing baskets, a three drawer container for my needles/notions, and a bookshelf for my most-perused knitting books.  I also have yarn stuffed into a couple baskets on a shelf in my dining room; yarn hiding in my car; yarn randomly laying around kitchen/bathroom/pantry;  6 large rubbermaid containers in our spare room;  and 5 large rubbermaid containers in our bedroom.  Oh, and I have 3 boxes of yarn in my office at work, because I'm just too darned scared to walk through the door with it in fear of being committed to an insane asylum. could say I have a yarn problem.  I've always enjoyed buying new yarn, but until the last year I felt my stash was manageable.  But over the last year I've really become unhappy with certain aspects of my life and have used yarn and knitting as a crutch.  Work pisses me off?  Buy some yarn.  Someone makes me so angry I want to scream?  Buy some yarn.  You get the idea.  Some people turn to drinking or drugs to cope with things that they just can't handle.  I buy yarn and knit.  To some that may be a harmless hobby.  But I know myself too well to know that I'm only using it to cover up things I haven't wanted to deal with.

So, in 2010 I will not be buying any new yarn*.  Going cold sheep, as the phrase may be.  I have more than enough amazing yarn to last throughout the year.  And I might even be putting some up for sale, so that I can cut my stash down even more.  I even joined the Stash Knit Down group on Ravelry to help me stay the course.

Now, you may have noticed the * above.  That asterisk denotes the fact that there might at some point be new yarn coming into my stash.  I have set up an incentive plan for myself to achieve some of the goals I have set for the new year.  Each day I will get so many points for doing certain tasks I have created for myself.  At the end of the month I will add up the points I have received and that corresponds to a certain incentive level and amount of money.  I have decided that I can spend that money however I want, which includes buying yarn.

So, you see, I might actually be buying some yarn in 2010, but I'm going to have to work hard to do it.  If anyone is interested in my incentive plan, just email me and I'd be happy to share more info.

Okay, so, I have publicly declared my intentions.  That makes it official, right?  Wish me luck...I'm going to need it!

Let's go stash diving...Who's with me?  


  1. Good luck with your plan, and your cold sheep. I bought more yarn than I knit last year, but I'm still not a stasher. Just not quite fast enough to keep up with my grand ideas.

  2. Holy crap! That is a STASH!! I kept reading down your list of stash.... Way to go on tackling it! And I love the incentive plan! You sound so determined!

  3. I'm with you, Allison, re: the stash!

    I have got a bit browned off recently with knitting used as a crutch, so I know what you mean.

    best wishes, Clare X

  4. Good luck! I always feel bad for having bits of yarn tucked away all over the place, but reading the extent of your stash makes me rather impressed.

    Last year I tried the "I can only buy 1 skein of yarn for every 2 I destash" method. It worked rather nicely... but only because I got too poor to buy yarn anyway.

  5. I don't have nearly that much and I'm trying to cut down a little, so I support you wholeheartedly. Then again, I live in a very small room in a very small apartment, so percentage-wise I probably have just as much. :-) I'm not going on a complete diet, but rather a partial one: I have to use 2 skeins for every one skein I buy, at least for a little while. Good luck!

  6. Oo! I'll help! if there's any yarn you would offer to a poor college student at a reasonable price , I'd be happy to help! :) I'm just staying away from Acrylics for a while since that's all I have in my stash right now. hehe

  7. This sounds like a clever plan. I just binged a little after 4+ years of only buying thrift shop yarn, Cost was my issue, more than volume, and I found that I was saving tons of money but still getting great yarns.

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