Rules for Feeding the Stash

Friday, March 4, 2016

Yarn Diet *GASP*

I've been toying with the idea of a yarn diet for a while, and when I realized that I have 50 patterns in my queue that I already have yarn for (!!), I decided it was probably a bit overdue. I have my annual knitting retreat in mid-April, so I've decided not to buy any new yarn until then, because I know I'll go crazy over all of Tara's yarn, and I have very little self-restraint in dyeing workshops, and we may or may not have begun hatching a plan involving a sweater's worth of yarn and some bright yellow and green dye. So I'll feel a lot better about going totally crazy for three days if I'm good and save up for the next six weeks.

Which, ugh. I love buying yarn. I really, really do. I know six weeks really isn't very long, and I know that I could have been really crazy and said no new yarn for six months, or even for a year. But of course, as soon as I decide to not buy new yarn I come up with new ideas that I just need yarn for now, dammit! When, ultimately, I know that I'm not going to have time to knit anything new in the next six weeks, so really, being on a yarn diet should be no problem. Except, we all know that's not really how it works out.


  1. Yarn for 50 projects!! Holy moly! I'm always curious about your (and everyone else's) stash storage situation. Totes? Closet? Whole room? Secret room under the garage?
    6 weeks isn't too bad! Are you planing on doing some stash busting projects this year? As soon as I read you weren't buying more I though "and queue ideas in 3...2...1"

  2. It's great how you have yarn for certain projects. I had a period where I bought a skein here and a skein there so like I'm a bit stuck and can't make anything big. But I am good and only buy yarn like 2x a year, from STITCHES West and during my birthday month.

  3. oh my goodness, 50 patterns in your queue and you have all the yarn you need for them! That's amazing, and for sure something in that list is bound to tempt you in the next 6 weeks, so hopefully it won't feel like a diet at all! You have great taste in yarns, I'm sure you will still be whipping up beautiful knits between now and your knitting retreat. Side note- a knitting retreat! That's going to be so much fun!

  4. Not being one for a yarn diet, I am always inspired and impressed with those of you who attempt and succeed at them.
    I like that you have patterns and yarns that are planned for each other. I would think that would help a bit? Good luck!

  5. Good luck with that - yarn/fabric/food diets suck. :P But 6 weeks, that's doable! Maybe spend a lot of time oogling your queue? That's how I usually manage to focus on what I have, since I always get excited when I scroll through it.

    I'm in a similar boat actually. I really want to knit this one sweater (also in my queue), but it requires new yarn and I have enough to knit about 10 other sweaters from stash alone - so I'm focused on knitting at least some of those up before I buy more sweater quantities again. :P Blah. But I'm excited about those too, so that helps. :)