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Stash Moved

June 17, 2006

I did it. I moved the stash. I did it yesterday while I was at my apartment alone. No smart aleck comments from Anthony that way. :) I didn’t take the time to really go through it, but there were a few things I couldn’t help noticing.

1) My stash has grown. This is no big surprise because I have most definitely added quite a bit the last few weeks. More details on that later. I can say that in the last year my stash has only grown with higher quality yarn than what was in it before.

2) There is a lot of crap yarn. In the past year I have managed to become somewhat of a fiber snob. Not to much, just a little bit. I still like to use blended yarns, and as long as they feel good, they are fair game. However, I have a lot of regular cheap acrylic. I’m not really sure what to do with it. I tell myself that I’ll make hats and such to donate, but I would end up knitting hats for a few years to use up the amount of acrylic I have.

Every time I see a pattern, I can’t imagine making it out of the acrylic yarn I have so I end up buying more. The wool flys out of the stash, and meanwhile the acrylic sits making it look like a have a ton to get through. Have you had a large acrylic stash to get through? How did you get through it? I need some advice. Should I just let it go? Sell it in the upcoming garage sale? Donate the yarn to people who will actually knit it up? Help!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2006 5:53 pm

    I just packed up my stash and noticed a lot of the same things you did. If the acrylic is really something you want to give away, heartmade blessings can always use it. There is a link to them on my blog.

  2. June 17, 2006 6:25 pm

    Tough call on the acrylic. I have been knitting with a ton of my acrylic for the past year. My moving resolution (moved from WA to OR last July) was to use yarn that I had in my stash. It worked, I am almost through the entire thing. Which is scary, since that means I have to buy yarn again soon. EEEEK! I do knit a lot with acrylic. I have kids that would ruin a wool sweater in a heart beat. I love LB Wool Ease, myself, mostly due to affordability. I can’t afford all the fancy wools right now. LOL! I am just knit.

    My advice is…either make a conscious effort to use up the unwanted acrylic, or give it away to other knitters. If you know that you will not ever use it…why keep it? Just my opinion. Besides it will free up more room for the wool that you will buy.

  3. Jodie permalink
    June 18, 2006 8:07 am

    I’m going to definitely go through the stash and decide what acrylic is worth keeping. No matter what, I think kids clothes are better in acrylic (it’s so much easier to care for) and I don’t really have any kids to knit for now, but I may someday. A few of my friends are starting to have their first babies. (Not me, surely you didn’t think that!)

    The other stuff I’ll probably put in the garage sale and then donate it somewhere. At least make the stash a little more manageable.

    If you have more suggestions, keep ’em coming.

  4. June 18, 2006 2:45 pm

    he he! Does this have ‘anything’ at all to do with the pending move into Mr St Clair’s… not that he’s a clean freak and hates ‘clutter’ or anything, just wondering ;)

  5. June 20, 2006 7:53 pm

    FreeCycle it. You will make someone really happy.

  6. Jodie permalink
    June 22, 2006 10:04 pm

    That’s right. I may do that after the garage sale.

  7. Jodie permalink
    June 29, 2006 7:11 am

    Ging! I can’t believe I didn’t respond to your comment…I thought you were going to ask for more wooly hats as a way to get rid of my stash. I actually am trying to cut down my amount of stuff mostly on my own. Although Anthony does help every once and awhile.

    Actually, Anthony is getting rid of a bunch of his stuff too. I don’t like most of his kitchen untensils, they have to go.

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