Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tending my yarn garden...



Now that a baby boy has finally been born to one of our church families after a long string of girls, I've finally got the opportunity to gift those boy socks I've been working on. :)  Keeping with the theme of socks, I picked up a cotton/acrylic blend in girl colors, and after knitting a pair for Charlotte, I'll make up some extras for future baby showers.

After several weeks as our after-lunch read aloud, we finished The Pilgrim's Progress yesterday afternoon. Bunyan's allegory of the Christian life is timeless and inspiring even though the theological discussions between Christian and his fellow pilgrims can, at times, be hard to follow (especially if being read in a non-modern language version like ours!). Have you read it?

Most of my other reading has been garden and homestead-based. I purchased The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook last year and am finding it helpful in planning this year's garden. :)



After sorting through my WIPs and all my yarn, I've determined not to start any new projects until the current projects are complete. Thankfully, I only have one that really needs to be finished right away: a purple baby blanket project I inherited from Christina that needs to be finished for Charlotte before she gets too much bigger. I do have several pattern designs in process (including the purple fingerless mitts), but they can all wait since babies don't. :)

Yarn.

I don't think I'll be needing to buy any for a while...



And that's not even all of it -- truly embarrassing! So, my friends, just how much yarn do you have stashed? How do you organize your yarn? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's. :)

~Lisa

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25 comments:

  1. Nice stockpile! I only have a few, haven't had much time for it this year. I've been reading as much as possible. Mostly books on God, or homesteading.

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    1. I'm with you on the reading, Izzy. :) Would love to know what books you've been diving in to! :)

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  2. I would love to visit you and see that collection in person. Beautiful! That purple blanket is so pretty and I bet you could knit that up in no time at all :)

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    1. You are such a good cheerleader, Karen! I'll imagine you sitting in the room with me cheering me on with every stitch! :)

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    2. PS: If you ever have occasion to visit the Pacific NW, be sure to let me know you're in the neighborhood! :)

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  3. Hooray for boys! Really though, baby knitting is fun for either boy or girl :)
    Yes, I've read Pilgrim's Progress and to be truthful it wasn't one of my favorites, but I'm glad I read it.

    I am not going to show my stash, I'm trying not to think about all the yarn I have in my studio. What if Mike were to see the photo, he might not want to drive me to the yarn store...even if all the ladies in there always make a fuss over him ;)

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    1. Tracey! I truly hesitated before posting (and notice that I didn't share ALL of it!) for the same reason. But Dan knows my *addiction* well, and despite an occasional groan at a new yarn purchase, he's actually very supportive of my knitting. :) So thankful!

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  4. What a lovely bunch of yarn. I have to say, since we have recently moved and a fabulous yarn store is just up the road, my yarn stash has grown tremendously. :o) I have been knitting up a storm lately, does that make it better? :o)

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    1. How I wish we had a local yarn shop. I'm glad I'm not the only one with lots of yarn!!

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  5. My stash is looking similar to yours except add a bunch of hand spun to that. And fiber to spin. I have a whole shelf for that. And a couple of fleeces to finish processing.... I plan on dedicating a blog post to my yarn cabinet probably next week.

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    1. Hand spinning is a skill I'd love to learn one day...can't wait to see your yarn cabinet, Donna. I'm in need of some storage and organizational inspiration!

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  6. So fun to see your stash! Have you read the Yarn Harlot's musings and stories about her stash? I am laughing my way through one of her books and her descriptions of yarn and those who compulsively stash are hilarious... and true!
    I have that exact version of Pilgrim's Progress on my shelf and keep eyeing it along with a few others that I "should" re-read but keep settling on the Little House books instead. When my kids are older I guess I will be re-reading a lot of those aloud, probably, so no need to rush for now!

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  7. Love the stash photos! Mine is quite a bit smaller as our house is so tiny I would never have anywhere to keep that much extra. But I do have 2 baskets full! EVery year I am determined to use it up, but it seems to actually just keep growing!!

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  8. I love the yarn in the bookcase. I actually just did that some of mine because it's do pretty to look at. I organized mine by color and I wish I had done it by weight because that's really how I end up searching for yarn for a project.

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  9. My stash is actually very small. I do have a bunch of crappy acrylic that was gifted to me by the Linus Project which will eventually be blankets back to them. I tried to buy yarn while in Japan, but it's hard for me to just buy yarn without having a project in mind. So I just buy yarn when I'm starting a new project.

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  10. Look at that stash, just lovely. I too have quite the stash, not quite as much as you though :)

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  11. Oh what a beautiful yarn stash :) You've got some lovely knitting time ahead of you with that :) I'm trying to knit my stash down a bit this year, I don't want to use it up, just maybe buy at a slower or similar rate to knitting it ;-)

    Love your purple projects, especially the blanket

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  12. that is a lot of yarn...and looks like beautiful yarn also! very lovely...

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  13. Anonymous2/05/2014

    I store my yarn in Rubbermaid tubs with cedar balls or cedar sachets to keep out the pests. Don't be embarrassed by your stash. Mine is worse and I just donated a whole big shopping bag full to my daughter's high school needle craft club.

    Dawn

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  14. I have a tiny stash by comparison, I only buy yarn with a project in mind :)

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  15. Our knitting group was gifted a large stash of yarn. I store it in my garage in washed out animal cracker containers that our children's ministry person saves for me.

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  16. I love your stash of yarn. It all looks so soft and warm. I am afraid mine is in one large plastic box, two smaller boxes, to cabinet cubes and some plastic bags. I really have to determine what I actually have.

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  17. Your blog is such a welcome sight. I'm a fairly new knitter (it's been years since I've knitted and have to relearn it all again!). Nice to meet you.

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  18. I have an Expedit from IKEA and some polka dot itso bins from Target in which I store my yarn. I sorted it by fiber content, with sock yarn as its own category. The bulk of my non-sock yarn is worsted weight, so sorting by content works for me. I've been trying to be on top of keeping my stash on Ravelry current. That helps when I want to see if I might have enough yarn for something.
    I do have a bad habit of getting new things and letting the old stuff move further down in the pile, so I need to be better about working from the bottom.

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