I’m the last chick standing up against the wall
When I start getting organized, watch out. Anything that’s not nailed down will find a box, a shelf, a folder, or a listing on freecycle.org.
At the beginning of this year, I found myself paralyzed by my stash. I had so many beautiful yarns — and so many bewildering choices. Yet I found myself jumping at yarn sales and buying souvenir skeins on my travels. Without a plan for most of what I owned, those gorgeous fibers stayed hidden away in my storage cubes, taunting me from my Ravelry stash listing.
So I joined Stash Knit Down 2009. And after finishing my remaining WIPs from 2008 (FLS, Jasmine, Jaywalker, Diamante) and doing a few high-priority requests (Drive-Thru) I’m finally ready to begin with my own personal project club.
Various Ravelry groups are doing “clubs” from stash. A personal sock club, for instance, is sock yarn packaged up with a pattern, just like you’d get from a mail-order sock club — but in this case, you bag up several combinations and select them at random throughout the year. Folks are doing personal fingerless glove clubs, sweater clubs, scarf clubs, lace clubs — you name it.
I decided to do a personal everything club.
18 “big” projects (defined as anything DK weight or heavier). There are sweaters, scarves, wraps, hats, coats, who-knows-what in here.
43 “small” projects (fingering weight) in three storage cubs. Mostly socks and fingerless gloves, but some were packaged so long ago I’ve completely forgotten; there might even be some heavier-weight single-skein bags in there to be knit into hats. This is mostly where the Stash of Precious Yarns resides — those beautiful skeins that you never find any pattern good enough for. Of all the benefits that this stashdown project promises to deliver, I am happiest about the opportunity to knit from the SPY.
16 “cotton” projects, derived from my ever-growing store of dishcloth and craft cotton.
The box of orphan stash — a couple of SPY skeins that haven’t yet met their match, some novelty destined for swing needle scarves once I find yarns to pair them with — is shrinking.
Oh, I hadn’t put in the leftover dishrag cotton yet. Darn it.
But the plan is ready to go once the current WIPs come off the needles. I’ll let random.org choose the order. My aim is to have a large project and a small project going at all times. Small for portability; large for evenings at home. (When the dishcloths will get knit I have no idea — maybe I should develop a strategy for mixing them in with the large projects, which I anticipate will mostly take less time than the small projects, since there are only a few sweaters in that list.)
Is it all going to get knit this year? Doubtful. But I’m sure going to have fun seeing what comes out next.