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Old 09-12-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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How to create a stash (even a small one)?
Hi everyone,

I need some advice here, as usual! My husband and I are going to Athens next week. I'm pretty excited because we are going to stay over for a few days after his business is completed and just sightsee a little. Of course, the big thing I want to do is hit some yarn stores in the BIG CITY. How obsessed is that, to want to go to yarn stores while in Athens, Greece? But the truth is, we live in a smallish town with horrible shopping so I hope to pick up some things while there. And my husband is always so busy we might not get to go back to Athens for months, so I want this trip to count.

I have some patterns on standby, but nothing I've absolutely decided to make. I have a sweater on the needles and I have Christmas presents planned, and the yarn for them, but nothing planned past that. So it isn't like I can say, I need ten skeins of a heathery DK weight wool...etc, whatever.

Anyway! Could you please help me with a preliminary shopping list? Is there a standard list of stuff everyone should have in their stash, like you do with cooking spices? (I already know I definitely want to get some cotton yarn, because I can't get that locally.)

Thanks for reading this far, and finally here's the question: Let's say, you have nothing in your stash (like me). What would you want to be available? And if I find something I really like, how do I decide how much to buy if I have no pattern set aside for it?
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:48 AM   #2
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I think it depends a lot on what you like to knit. If you like to make charity or baby stuff you might want soft cottons and acrylics for easy care. If you do charity for places like Afghans for Afghans then you'd want wool. And felting needs non-superwash wool, too. For sweaters you need quite a bit of yardage so figure that out before you go, too in case you see something that would make a beautiful sweater. This might help;
http://www.fiber2yarn.com/info/how_much_yarn.htm

So what kinds of things do you like to make.. sweaters, hats, baby stuff, felted stuff, etc..
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I would say pick out a few patterns you want to get the yarn for, and then just have fun after that. I have lots of stuff in my stash that I just picked up because they were pretty, nothing wrong with that too!
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If my stash were suddenly completely empty, and I had the funds to restock, I would get sock yarn for about 5 pairs of socks (which is less than I have now, but who's counting?), some dishcloth cotton, some delicious laceweight (enough for a shawl or two), and several balls of worsted weight wool in whatever colours (for armwarmers and other small accessories)

Yup, that would about do me.
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Originally Posted by tulokyn View Post
If my stash were suddenly completely empty, and I had the funds to restock, I would get sock yarn for about 5 pairs of socks (which is less than I have now, but who's counting?), some dishcloth cotton, some delicious laceweight (enough for a shawl or two), and several balls of worsted weight wool in whatever colours (for armwarmers and other small accessories)

Yup, that would about do me.
That is pretty much what I would do too! Plus, I might plan ahead for one larger project, like a sweater. But I wouldn't buy yarn for a sweater without a pattern in mind first.
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I guess I'm too practical. But I do like to buy on impulse if I can.
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Here is my plan for increasing my stash. I don't get to start the increase until I get some of the Christmas stuff finished but I have made a plan. Somewhere I found a something that told me the averages of how much I would need to make things like sweaters and stuff so the plan is this: If I see something I like I will think what would I like to make. If it is sweater for me I will have my chart. Some things I see now I think oh that would make a great scarf and will pick up a couple of skeins. But I would definitely want to have enough for what ever pattern I picked later.
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