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Old 05-12-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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I guess I get it now...
Well, first it was stash. I started knitting and thought all you "old time" knitters were crazy for having so much yarn. While my stash isn't huge, it does take up 4 drawers in a pretty hefty bin-style drawer set now.

Even so, I was very good about starting a project and finishing it before starting a new one.

Then I started doing more knitting in public, so I had more complicated projects for home, and easier "travel" projects for taking with me. Then someone would ask for something or there's be a birthday or other giving occasion....and soon I had 3-4 WIP's going at any given time.

But all those stories of UFO's hidden away...that just seemed too weird. Until today.

Yes, I cleaned out those 4 bins today, and found not only a whole bunch of missing needles....but the projects they were in...about 6 projects I'd forgotten about.

So...now I understand how this hobby can take on a life of its own!! Now all I need to do is get organized with stuff I'm waiting to cast on and stuff I need to finish!
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Welcome to the madness :D
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:27 AM   #3
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One of the ways I know I have too many projects going at once is when I can't find any more stitch markers and don't have the right size needles to start another project! Welcome to the obsession!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:16 AM   #4
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I understand completely. If my stash for future planned objects gets much larger someone is going to acuse me of being a hoarder. I always put the pattern I have planned with the yarn so I don't forget why I bought it!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:14 AM   #5
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I think that we all get like this. Eventually I had to start limiting myself to three active projects. And I will either frog one or finish one before I will start another. I think it keeps me from getting too out of control.

However, a tip on the stash thing. If you get a ball winder and wind all of your balls, hanks, skeins with it, it makes them smaller than they normally would be, so you can fit more in your stash, Plus they tend to stack very nicely.

I rewind everything that I buy so that it will fit in my knitting drawers better.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:16 AM   #7
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Welcome to the wonderful world of knitter madness!

Trvvn - (do you have a name btw? Sounds weird to call you that) Anyway, I've read/heard that you shouldn't wind the skeins to far in advance because it stretches the yarn and that it may not spring back quite as much. I'm thinking if you knit with it stretched and it does spring back it could affect the fit of a garment, too.
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Trevor is the name lol. I also heard you shouldn't wind it in advance.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Welcome to the wonderful world of knitter madness!

Trvvn - (do you have a name btw? Sounds weird to call you that) Anyway, I've read/heard that you shouldn't wind the skeins to far in advance because it stretches the yarn and that it may not spring back quite as much. I'm thinking if you knit with it stretched and it does spring back it could affect the fit of a garment, too.
Its Trav. Or Travis, whichever. Thus the Trv part of it. It's just missing the A.
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Use a ball winder with a large center shaft and wind on loosely. When the yarn is removed from the ball winder you will see it "bloom" as it fills in the center opening.

If I wind off of a swift or the original yarn ball is tight I watch how tight the ball being produced is wound. I will rewind the ball I just wound if I fell it is too tight.
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