As I was putting away my Rhinebeck yarn stash, I realized something.

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From left to right: Fiber Optics Yarns’ Foot Notes in Equinox, Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga in Autumn Tiger Beetle, Sanguine Gryphon’s Eidos in Polimarchus, Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Socks that Rock medium weight in Blush, Gypsy Girl’s Transitions in Green with Envy

I have a TON of yarn. I have as much yarn as this house can possibly hold. It would honestly take me years to work through it all.

More importantly, I have enough.

As part of a larger project to develop healthy, sustainable patterns of consumption I have decided to go into serious stash-down mode.

How serious? My rules for myself are as follows:

No yarn purchases until Rhinebeck 2011, except:
– Yarn for baby gifts. Because I’m in my late 20s and you never know when a new baby will turn up.
– Yarn to finish projects that I have already started (like the two crochet afghans that I’m still working on).
– Yarn to finish a project made up of at least 75% stash yarn.
– Yarn for design projects. The important sub-rule is that I can only have one such project in progress at any one time, so I can’t buy yarn for a new design unless the old one is finished (or I admit defeat in good faith).
– Three get out of jail free cards. Because I’m no saint.

Note that I did not mention FIBER, even though I have a fair amount of that too.

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Clockwise from top left: Frabjous Fibers merino/silk in Chocolate Cherry, Spinners Hill Crazy Ball, Pigeonroof Studios merino/silk in Dovecote, one pound of plain white Corriedale, Rogue Adverntures merino in Cedar, Spunky Eclectic Icelandic in Violet Beauregard

There actually IS a decent chance that I’ll finish all this within a year, and as a new spinner I want to keep spinning and keep improving.

I’m announcing this in public because I’m inspired by Dr. Al’s success in her Finish or Frog quest. Jacie, I’m calling on you to be an enforcer (not that you’ve been a good influence lately πŸ˜‰ ).

Anyone with me?

18 thoughts on “Enough

  1. Good for you!
    I’m going to have Jacie do Finish or Frog it with me for 2011.. and I’m thinking some sort of stash down needs to go into effect as well..
    I like the rules you have set for yourself. You can do it! πŸ˜€

  2. Beautiful yarn and fiber. And your rules sound good. My rules are very similar, and I’ve been fine with them for years. Although there may be some action at Sock Summit 2011 before Oregon Flock & Fiber…

  3. Good for you! This year I’ve been trying to stick to a “no yarn except at festivals or for gifts” rule and its worked pretty well. I’ve only had one instance of cheating so far, though I may still succumb to the half price Lorna’s Laces. (mmm organic merino…)

  4. Yay! Another victim! We can suffer together – though my 1-year diet ends next June. And I’m already fantasizing about how I’ll celebrate (hint: it will probably involve making my PayPal account cry, and end with me rolling naked on a pile of newly-acquired wool).

  5. Well done I totally agree with your rules, it’s all about making yourself think before you buy. I’m not on a yarn diet as such but as I’m trying to save money at the moment I’ve set a rule for yarn and fabric buying; only buy something for your next project and your not allowed to buy more until the current project is nearly finished. I’ve got 2 get out of jail clauses, anything 2nd hand don’t count and I’ve got a hundred pounds over the next six months for spending freely but that’s for everything; clothes, games DVDs and pretty things. So far it’s going quite well but I’ve a feeling that by the end I’ll have nothing to knit but socks!

  6. This year I’ve discovered the true joy of using up my sock yarn to make Christine’s Stay-On Baby booties. It’s a great way to burn through my sock yarn stash which has also grown out of control. Good luck!

  7. I didn’t go to Rhinebeck, but I will be taking a class at Stitches East and going to the market – where I am looking forward to checking out Sanguine Gryphon and Miss Babs yarns! I don’t have an out-of-control stash but I agree with you that it’s good to practice “healthy consumption.” Good luck with you plan!

  8. I agree that “enough” is a good place to be. I got there a while ago myself and once I realized that, it was easier not to buy yarn just because it was pretty. Besides, now it feels like a real treat to buy something …

  9. I just uploaded all my photos from Rhinebeck and SAFF purchases and I was thinking the same thing. Honestly, I’ve been trying to cut down on purchases for a long time, and was doing well…until all my stash went into storage and i completely fell off the wagon. I think Rhinebeck and SAFF were good to me though, so I’m back at “enough” for a while too.

  10. Often times when I am reading fiber related forums I feel like the members are actively encouraging hording behavior. I think listening to lime n violet she was one of the worst. Right now I am not buying yarn unless it is for a specific project that I plan to cast on as soon as I get home. I’ve been doing this for a while and if I ever get around to warping my loom I would make short work of a good chunk of my stash. Once a year I go though and try and donate whatever I don’t want. I do feel that the stash weighs me down and makes me feel a bit guilty about how much I have.

  11. Good for you! I’ve been feeling a bit conflicted about stash lately–I want to use it up but also feel uninspired. One of my big goals for the rest of 2010 is to finally get a nice shelving unit (from Ikea, likely) and get my stash put in it. I think I’ll knit it a lot more when I can actually see and be inspired by it. Or um, shamed. Either way…

  12. It’s nice to know that others share my addiction! I’ve got a wardrobe that started out holding off season clothing (instead of putting it in the attic) but now the off season clothes are in the attic and I have about 40 skeins of all types of yarn in there. At least it’s in my craft room and I don’t have to go far to get it!! LOL!!!


  13. I am smiling as I read you blog…. not sure that I can play by those rules although I was at a trunk show yesterday and only walked away with a single of locally produced cream alpaca that I plan to dye. Perhaps this is my first get out free card?

  14. I am down to 4 projects… and I think two of them are being frogged because I HATE knitting them.

    I too have way too much yarn…. but I like collecting it.

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