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Stash Appreciation 2010

As you are all aware, I have been toying with the idea of a serious yarn diet in 2010.  The stash is getting a bit out of hand and I need to save Andrew’s sanity (and mine…).  Moreover, I am excited to be able to focus on using the beautiful yarn that I already own.   After all, I purchased it in the first place because I loved it and wanted it.  I must admit that I am also really liking the prospect of saving some money…

I do not, however, like the word diet.  It seems too negative a word to describe a resolution that is, for the most part, about appreciating what I have.  Therefore, in the spirit of the many, many, many staff appreciation programs I have been privy/subjected to during my time in higher education, I have hatched my own, more positively-focused appreciation program: Stash Appreciation 2010!!

So, on to the particulars:

  • Centralize, organize and record the stash.  I need to get a handle on exactly how much and what kinds of yarn I have on hand, take stock of my resources as it were.  Because I’m a complete geek, I’ve started building a database…
  • Do NOT purchase yarn.  I am allowing myself one exception: Rhinebeck.  Other yarn acquisition methods – such as gifting, trading and accepting donations – are still acceptable.
  • Try to spend yarn-y related gift certificates on non-yarn products such as needles, patterns and books.
  • Knit at least six pairs of socks.  Even without taking stock, I know that I have way, way, way too much sock yarn that needs to be used up.  Hence, I should knit some socks…
  • Plan, plan, plan.  Pair stash yarn and patterns.  Keep a list.  Try to control startitis with the use of the “on deck” basket (henceforth to be referred to as ODB).  I’ve also been toying with the idea of committing to the goal of the 10 in 2010 group over on Ravelry – 10 projects with 10 different yarns in 2010…
  • Stay inspired by shopping in my stash once a month.  Find a yarn that inspires me and start a smaller project that doesn’t require a lot of planning – hat, mittens, cowl, mug cozy, etc.
  • Allow myself to purchase one pattern per month in order to keep inspiration fresh.

That’s it.  Ambitious?  Yes.  Doable?  I think so…