I make sure to (eventually) put all my yarn in my Ravelry stash. Some skeins will hang out in a basket for a few months before I enter them, but at this moment in time, I believe I’m entirely caught up. I also weigh balls of leftovers (my rule of thumb is to keep it in the stash if it is bigger than a small egg) so those are all counted in here too.
When you’re on your stash page in Ravelry, there is a button to download your stash info as an Excel file. For a few years now I’ve been doing that every now and then, no set schedule, I total up the ‘Meters Remaining’ column, and add the total to this graph. Today I decided to add the fibre events I’ve been to recently as captions. Rhinebeck was a terrible influence! I’m getting close to 40,000 meters (43,744 yards)! (If you click the graph, it’ll take you to the larger version on Flickr)
I’d love to set my goal for the end of 2014 to be close to 30,000m. Picking 1500m out of the air as an average sweater quantity, that’s 6.6 sweaters. Not impossible, although of course, it wouldn’t just be sweaters I knit this year! I want to fatten up my poor sock drawer, and knit a few better-fitting hats. Plus, everyone around me keeps having babies that need to be kept warm!
I need to practice some stash self-control for a few reasons:
- A husband in university, which means school fees and only one of us working full time.
- We’re taking an epic summer vacation that will be so worth it, but means saving even more pennies.
- The yarn is taking over the storage room!
I’ve started using a tag on my Ravelry projects (well, project, only one started so far this new year!) knitfromstash14. I’ve also got a companion to that, knitfromlibrary14. In the past when I’ve stopped buying yarn, I’ve kept on buying patterns, individually or in books. I have a lot, and I need to shop my library first, before looking at the paid ones. That said, I’m not going to knit a sweater I only kinda like because I didn’t “allow” myself to buy the pattern. There’s even a few projects I’m planning on making this year that I haven’t yet bought the patterns for (Maxfield, Nine Maidens, Grey Havens, Cotyledon, I’m looking at you!). The pattern thing is less of a rule, more of a guideline.
I’m allowing myself to buy in person – I’m really looking forward to going to San Francisco in a few weeks! Not to mention what I might find over our summer holiday. So I’m really going to try not to order online. That said, I’m going to take full advantage of entering any contest to win yarn that I can find! Come on, podcasters! I’m also accepting gifts of yarn. 😉 Hoping for gift certificates (or yarn) for my birthday!
Do you have any yarn-related resolutions (or guildelines) this year?
PS: If you want a good laugh, read this post of mine from 2008, where my goal was to get my stash under 10,00m! HA! I was at 14,000m! HAHAHAHA!