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Old 01-20-2007, 03:58 AM   #1
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The "Year of the Stash"...
Yes, I am declaring 2007 as the Year of the Stash!

For those of us who need to participate, here is the behavior:

Every other knitting project will be from "Stash Yarn", that is to say, yarn that was purchased or acquired during previous years! Extra Credit earned if you rip out a previously knitted project (that you hate), and re-knit the yarn into something else!

You are then allowed a Reward Project: you may purchase new yarn for your next project, but only enough yarn for that project! In other words, The Stash shall not grow...it shall diminish.

Let's just see how rewarding this will make us feel! We will reduce The Stash, and we will be able to purchase new yarn with no guilt whatsoever!!

For starters, I myself have an 'extra credit' project underway. I ripped out a Noro Silk Garden vest that is/was horridly humongous. Sad. I am now letting the two huge balls of yarn "unkink". In the meantime, I am knitting a baby blanket with Lion MicroSpun...buttercup...that I purchased 4 years ago...before I knew better. BUT, it is 3/4 complete...double-stranded on size 10.5 needles, a basketweave. Ohhhh, it feels so good to get rid of this yarn. And the blanket (beautiful) will be greatly appreciated...a 38 yr old friend having her 2nd child...and her first child is 18! Anyone know how that feels??

My Reward Project will be a red merino wool pullover...pattern: from the newest Elsebeth Lavold book! Hum.

The next Stash Project will be something with that Noro Silk Garden that is 'un-kinking'. The pattern to be determined...

Who wants to join me in this auspicous Year of the Stash??

(Later note: We have gathered 38 STASHIES, as we are called! Hope you too will join us... and let yourself be motivated to USE the all beautiful yarns stashed in the baskets, bags, cupboards, boxes and shelves of your home! Did I miss any hiding places!!?? )
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:47 AM   #2
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I don't have a massive stash as I'm new to this - but I will join you!
I don't think DH would be too impressed if I bought more Yarn before finishing a couple of projects first

I shall start this evening (after a day of cleaning house ) by finishing DH's "was supposed to be a tissue holder but he likes the colours more as an Ipod Shuffle protector". Then I will rip out the bootie that I picked the stitches up on the right side making it the wrong side but only on half the foot, and make that into my very first baby hat.

Then I can buy more Yarn and knit something for me

After that birthday season starts.
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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I'm in.

Plus I think we should get points for finishing up a UFO that has been sitting around for way too long! I have a finished lonely sock waiting for a mate.

And I think we should call ourselves "Stashies"

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I actually started my blog last week and named it Knitting from the Stash 2007.

I'll be happy to join.
Currently Iam knitting Eris (the yarn was a christmas present from last year).
I bought 3 balls of Red heart Simply soft for a shawl for my MIL.
I did however enhance my stash (but made myself promise that no "new yarn" enhancements" but I did recycle 2 sweaters found at a thrift store.

My reward is going to be a new skein of sock yarn (maybe some JItterbug).

Laura C
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Originally Posted by Emeraldcutie View Post
I actually started my blog last week and named it Knitting from the Stash 2007.

I'll be happy to join.
Currently Iam knitting Eris (the yarn was a christmas present from last year).
I bought 3 balls of Red heart Simply soft for a shawl for my MIL.
I did however enhance my stash (but made myself promise that no "new yarn" enhancements" but I did recycle 2 sweaters found at a thrift store.

My reward is going to be a new skein of sock yarn (maybe some JItterbug).

Laura C
Oooh! How do you recycle a sweater found in a thrif shop? What a wonderful idea! I can imagine that you make a cut somewhere and start ripping, but is there a method that works better than others?
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Hi Teeka, and welcome aboard the Stash Train!

When I recycled a sweater I took it apart following the order it was put together basically. Removed buttons, labels, etc. Cut the seam stitching with eensy-weensy scissors. Then, I began pulling out the yarn from the shoulder seams. It proved to have been a "bottom to top" sweater...so it pulled out that way...top to bottom.

To remove the kinks: there are various methods. But it usually involves soaking the yarn, and then line-dry/drip-dry. The weight of the wet yarn pulls its kinks out.

Make sure the yarn is not going to become hopelessly tangled before soaking it with water. I used the great-big-loops-of-yarn method. Kind of like what a "hank" of yarn looks like before you wind it on a swift. I had 4 medium-sized "loops". Later, I wound them into balls. Make sure the yarn is bone dry before winding into balls.

My recycled yarn turned out real good. I have only done it twice.
However, some gals religiously search the thrift shops looking for "yarn" to recycle! Pretty resourceful! I think another knitters website (www.knittersreview.com) has some information about recyled yarn techniques. I will look over there in a minute and see if I can find what I think I'm looking for, or maybe I saved it in MY FAVORITES.

Later Post: I couldn't find the recycled yarn info. Dern. Well, I bet we could ask here at KH. In the HOW TO section.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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Oh the sock yarns I have in my stash... jeeze its insane.

I think I've counted enough yarn for 19 or so pairs of socks. INSANE! It was time to tackle this and so I've started my sock knitting with some loverly red, pink, and orange OPAL and the RPM knitting pattern from Knitty.com.
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Oh... heh... here is the pic of my sock in progress. Yippee!
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Considering that I've been kind of going on a buying-yarn binge, I really, really have to work from my stash. I'm in.








Even though I looooove buying purty yarn.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:44 AM   #10
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I'm in but it's going to be hard to stick to this. In November I went on a yarn free diet until I had reduced my stash that lasted all of a month...........maybe. I'm going to need a support system. I am truly addicted and I really want to start my Malabrigo project.

I pledge to finish my UFOs and knit down my stash before I dig into my Malabrigo.



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