Stash Knitdown 2015

Depending on who you ask I either have a lot of yarn, or a totally reasonable amount of yarn. I have enough yarn to take up 6 “cubes” of an Ikea Expedit bookshelf. Like many knitters I have been slowly accumulating yarn over the years and it’s time to work on actually knitting what’s in my collection instead of buying more every time I see a pattern I like.2014-04-26 13.34.38

For 2015 I’m following “one in two out” meaning I have to knit TWO balls of yarn for each ball I buy. This goal has a nice bonus of getting me started early on my Christmas knitting. The downside is I can’t share many pictures of the stuff I’m making. I’ll use this post to keep track of my progress throughout the year. I’m hoping to use up 50 balls of yarn from my stash!

Progress: 50 of 50 balls used up, 12 skeins given away, 30 skeins purchased.

Completed projects:

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Christmas Present #1. This yarn was leftover from a hat I made for Chris in 2013. I used up one complete ball and about half of the 2nd. 1 ball used

Christmas Present #2. I got this yarn in high school. I am 30. It's time to use it. I've got two balls of it and I've picked a pattern that will hopefully use them both.

Christmas Present #2. I got this yarn in high school. I am 30. It’s time to use it. I’ve got two balls of it and I’ve picked a pattern that will hopefully use them both. 3 balls used

Christmas Present #3: 4 balls used up.

Winter Hat:  New yarn purchase! 4 balls used up.

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Machine Knit Gloves. The blue was a random ball in my stash, and the grey was something I got for another since-abandoned project. 1 ball used.

Christmas Project #3. This is a super ambitious colorwork project. 3

Christmas Project #3. I got a bunch of this yarn in different colors for colorwork. 1 ball used.

No photo yet: Christmas Project #4 I don't have a photo of the yarn, it's yarn that I reclaimed from a thrift store sweater.  4 balls used so far.

Ripple scarf. Reclaimed yarn from another project. 4 balls used.

Christmas Project #5. 1 ball used.

Dish Towel. Some dish cotton that I don’t think I ever actually had plans for. 1 ball used.

Coin purses. I've had this ball of ribbon yarn I never knew what to do with and finally settled on coin purses. 1 ball used.

Coin purses. I’ve had this ball of ribbon yarn I never knew what to do with and finally settled on coin purses. 1 ball used.

Cardigan for Leona

Cardigan for Leona. Matches one I made myself a couple years ago. 2 balls used.

Clapotis Shawl. This is literally one of the most popular patterns in the world. 1 ball.

Clapotis Shawl. This is literally one of the most popular patterns in the world. 1 ball.

No photo yet: Cotton Throw
I’d meant to use this yarn for a dress before realizing that worsted weight cotton is a terrible choice for a garment. 15 used.

Cable knit sweater for my nephew. 1 ball used.

Cable knit sweater for my nephew. 2 balls used.

No photo yet: Magz Bias Scarf. 1 ball used.

No photo yet: Christening Dress. 2 balls used.

In progress projects:

Ripple bedspread. Leona is due to upgrade from a crib to a bed, and I plan to make her this to celebrate. 5 used so far

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Pom Poms. It turns out making pom poms is an excellent preschooler activity. I used up some odds n’ ends!   5 balls used so far.

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One thought on “Stash Knitdown 2015

  1. KathyRo says:

    This is a totally reasonable amount of yarn.
    I mean it fits in one room so… you know.. you could in theory buy more. I’m just sayin’….

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