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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
3:45 pm
finally an update

This was what I had before:

And this is what I have now:

Slowly but surely getting there. Progress is sweet. :D

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, September 1st, 2007
9:12 pm
some slip ups, but I think I am back on track
So i had a couple of slip ups this summer. I went to Webs for the first time. How could I not spend money at Webs. I bought some yarn that I plan to use to make Victoria I also could not resist splitting a bag from farmhouse yarns In general I have been very good. Right now I am working on some Christmas gifts, I have officially finished the wedding afghan for my cousin, and I am working onthe argosy shawl with the plymouth bamboo yarn.

I was soooooo good today. I went to a new yarn store to check some things out, and they were having a sale. I was good, and even though there was alpaca on sale and I was introduced to the to-fout-sies, I was good. Maybe another day. All of the prices were great a this store, and I know they will be a frequent shopper once I am off the diet.

Current Mood: good
Friday, August 31st, 2007
10:10 am
i feel like a terrible moderator. tomorrow is september first. i havnt been updating this community at all.
i've been going through a lot of stuff, and i simply havnt had as much time as i would have liked to spend knitting.
i hope all of you knit through at least part of your stash.
good luck with everything you do!
Friday, August 17th, 2007
12:06 am
Ok, so I haven't been around in awhile
I hope you all are doing well on your yarn diets. I've actually done pretty good, fallen off the wagon only twice and once because it was 40% off. (Who can't go for 40% off yarn?) The other yarn was bought with a specific project in mind, I only bought what I needed and I've already started the project. So far on the diet I've managed to use up a good bit of my stash. I've made baby hats, sweaters, and stuffed animals to use up my odds and ends. I still have more than I need to have hanging around the house, but I feel like I'm making good progress.
The other good part of this diet is it's forced me to pick up projects that I started and abandoned or never started cause something new came along.

I don't have any pictures of the things I've been knitting, because all the things I finished were gifts which I totally forgot to photograph before I wrapped them up and gave them away.

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
9:05 pm
My stash is down somewhat...
I'm moving to Cambridge in a few weeks, so today my mom and I sorted out our giant stash, so we could figure out what I was taking, and what was staying. Although I've bought a lot of yarn, we've gotten rid of a lot of the acrylic stuff. And now I'm using up all the eyelash stuff making things for a craft show I'm selling things in.

So here's the organized stash:

gigantic stash of doom

x-posted to 20sknitters
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
10:24 pm
I haven't posted here in quite some time.
I'm still doing the 'no yarn for a year' thing, though.  I've posted pictures of everything I've made in various other places, so I'll just recount. 

For charity: 
*46 hats
*2 animal blankets
*11 baby bibs
*3 scarves
*21 blanket squares

For myself/others:
*A scarf
*A baby sweater and hat
*A head wrap

I've gotten rid of roughly 49 balls of yarn.  It's weird -- the trunk in my room actually closes all the way now.  :)  Sadly, I also spin yarn, so that's taking up all the newly acquired room.
1:18 pm
We're getting near the end of this venture.
Only two months and one day left to go until we can legally buy yarn again.

So the big question is, how are we all doing? Have we made any headway into stash reduction?

For me, it seems like I haven't, but I know realistically that every little thing I knit brings me closer to not having my yarn takeover the apartment. I haven't had many FOs during the year, and I haven't been knitting as often as I'd like, but little by little, my stash is being managed, I've got some good projects on the go and some good ideas for future projects that will allow me to use up yet more stash.

The fact that I got my Ravelry invite may or may not be helping in the long run. I'm seeing tons of projects I want to make, some of which I have the yarn for (which is good) and some of which I will need to buy yarn for (which is bad). At least I'm getting inspiration, though. That's something.
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
11:53 pm
I'm joining a bit late, but this really sounds like the group for me! I have severe yarn-addiction problems, and I'm in need of yarn rehab - I should learn to use what I have, and to finish my WIPs :)

To demonstrate my condition at the moment:Collapse )

Since this picture was taken, two weeks ago, I've started two new projects, and bought 10 hanks of alpaca wool as well as 8 hanks of alpaca-silk!!

My name is Ida and I have a problem ;)
5:33 pm
A call for ideas
I have a TON of yarn scraps. Most of them were given to my mother and I with the intent of it benefitting charity. Either the item knit would be given to a shelter or other place that it would be used. Or the knit items would be sold and the money would go to the charitys.
This is where you come in. Most of the scraps are acrylic. There are very few balls that are the same in weight.... I just need ideas of stuff to knit.
I would prefer to knit the items to be sold to benefit charitys, but anything is acceptable.
I want easy, mindless knitting. Stuff I can bring on the city bus with me, or that I can knit while watching Deadliest Catch. And I'm the moderator of this community,  so I dont want to have to buy anything...
Please post ideas/patterns/suggestions.
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
10:03 pm
Help me find a pattern!
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a phenomenal pattern for a knit scarf that would be perfect for some stash-busting (as scarfs are wont to be). I believe it was on a personal blog. I'm dying to make it, but I can't find it! I'm hoping that my vague description will trigger something in someone's memory. Here's what I remember:

- scarf pattern (knit)
- intricate colourwork
- chart provided for colourwork (2 charts to be alternated for length of scarf)
- only two colours used: 1 solid, 1 varigated
- the person who posted it, talked about it being needlessly confusing (my words, not theirs)

Hopefully this triggers something!
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
8:48 pm
Long time no posty
Sorry folks, I haven't posted in a long time. I haven't been knitting that much, but I haven't bought any yarn either.
Here's what I've been working on:
2 baby sweaters, a sock-in-progress, and a shrugCollapse )

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
8:41 am
Is today True Confessions day?
So, yeah, I guess it's time to update on progress.

Sooo... what's been going on? A whole lot of backsliding. I think it's technically ok, because it's all been work related, but still.

After the last Crochet Me, I was approached about submitting some designs for a book coming out on household crochet. So, I stash dived, but I'm to the point where color combos, fibers, and weights were not leaning toward household projects. So, I had to buy yarn to make up swatches for my proposals. In the process, PEaches n Creme messed up my order and sent me the wrong yarn, and they told me to keep it and sent me out the right yarn. So I have 3 cones of double worsted cotton and no plan on how to use them.

And then I got word that the publisher picked up 4 of my projects. And then I decided to go to TNNA.

While at TNNA, I got 6 or 8 hanks of brand spakin' new yarns to play with from various companies to see if I could get a design idea out of them. And I made contacts with the yarn companies that I'm using for the book projects. So when I got home, I called them and they all agreed to send me the yarn for the projects I'm doing for the book. And while I'm not paying for any of it, I have about 40 skeins of yarn on their way to my house. *ahem* Yeah. 40.

And I KNOW that this is all work related and NONE of it is going to go into stash. It's all going to get used right away, because holy crap the deadline is coming up fast, but still. I feel the guilt because as I use these, I'm not getting to my stash yarns at all. I have totally stalled in stash reduction and it's not going to get any better for a while.
10:40 am
i have been a completly awful bad girl
I was doing REALLY well here not buying yarn....then I needed just a little yarn for a sweater. I was a good girl...I only got one skein of exactly what I needed. Then I got some commissions and I had to buy yarn for those and I was a little naughty...I ordered more yarn so I could get the free shipping. But then I was very naughty....I ordered some custom dyed yarn off of etsy...just for me...not even for something I was planning to make [with yarn I already had] that I could use more yarn for...a completly self contained project using only yarns I didn't have yet.

I think my caveat should be yarn on etsy doesn't count. I don't use sock yarn..yarn on etsy doesn't count!
9:36 am
Well, there goes my Get Out of Jail Free card.
I paid a visit to Value Village last night, to pick up some more yarn that I needed to help finish off the log cabin blanket that I'm working on. Worsted weight acrylic was all I was looking for, and since I was getting grab bags of mixed yarns, I knew I'd get a skein or ball or two that I didn't need for it, but I wasn't going to count them since they came along with what I did need.

Then I saw the small big with four barely-used balls of that dishcloth cotton, which my roommate has recently said she would hate using for dishcloths, but they'd be great as facecloths. So I picked them up, since the bag of all four of them was only $2.

Then I saw the monstrously huge cone of singles, in a colour that reminds me of that grey-green colour of the sea. Judging by the burn test, it's synthetic, which is a shame since I was hoping for a nice natural fibre I could make a lace shawl from, but meh, for $2, I suppose I can't really be too upset. (However, I now have wasted $2 on yarn I can't think of a single use for. : It isn't even that soft . . .)

Does, er, anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do with this very large cone of synthetic singles?

But aside from the cone, I got myself a nice haul. The log cabin blanket should now be able to be completed without using too many colour repeats, which was what I was getting worried about (I was down to about 5 balls of yarn that I could use for the thing, and using them over and over again wasn't going to look very good with the middle of it being in so many different colours.) I sort of wasted my Get Out of Jail Free card, but at least I did get a few facecloths-in-the-making out of it, so again, not complaining too loudly. (I'm quite surprised I lasted this long without buying yarn, and at the same time, I'm disappointed in myself because I'd hoped I'd get through the whole challenge without using it at all.)
Friday, June 1st, 2007
6:02 pm
So, I've been fairly busy lately, therefore knitting and Livejournal have been neglected.
I've found some time to knit, and I've used up about 1/3 of my "get out of jail free" shopping spree.
I gave away some yarn as well. A friend of my moms knits a tuque, scarf and mittens for local kids in need. I figured, i could donate some stuff i wont use, and she can use it (or pass it along to people that knit for other good causes)
This is what was given awayCollapse )

And my mom told me today that we were going to get about 2 HUGE garbage bags filled with UFOs, needles, patterns and YARN... oh dear god, yarn...
anyway... yeah, i have to get back to prom shenanigans...
good luck with the stash busting, keep us updated, and have a good day!
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
11:23 am
Yarn donation opportunity [x-posted from homespunhelpers]
Hey Everyone-

My mom works for a part non-profit, part profit company called Kids Klub RI, which provides before and after school daycare during the school year for low income families, and during the summer, they also have a low-cost summer camp that runs the workday, so the parents of the kids can go to work. I'm not sure what the for-profit part of the company does, but the summer camp and before and after school programs fall under the non-profit heading...

Anyways, it turns out that I'm getting a summer job with them, teaching knitting and crocheting (and crafts as well) at the 2 summer camps, starting in July (since before then I'm out of the country, excavating in Israel!) We have a budget for buying craft supplies, but if anyone has any leftover scrap yarn that you don't want, we're taking donations.

Actually, it's also tax-deductible (if you can figure out the value of the scrap yarn, approximately) and we could get you an official confirmation thingy. And as the summer goes along I can take pictures of the kids' FOs and post them online for all to see.

They're just learning how to knit, so we're looking for mostly worsted-ish weight, variegated, and bright/lighter rather than darker colors. Though we could use other types of yarn for the crafting class in the afternoon. I'm thinking mostly acrylic, maybe cheap wool. But definitely save your alpaca/recycled silk/handspun merino for something else, because although it would be shiny, I doubt the kids would be ready for it, unless I get an advanced class. I don't know skill level until the kids sign up. I learned on acrylic and survived...but then again maybe that's just a product of my mom being the one who taught me, and her having a wool allergy. Maybe it would be nice to learn on alpaca. But really, I'm looking for the stuff that you don't want to use.

We could also use other random craft supplies that you have lying around.

And hopefully I'll teach them how to make squares, and the squares themselves will be knitted into an afghan for charity. It'd be like double charity! (And if I make things while teaching, those will all be charitable, since I don't want to bring any of my nice knitting with shiny yarns, and then have the kids all be using only acrylic stuff, since that's not fair to them.)

So if you're interested, e-mail me at theyellowhobbit[at]gmail[dot]com and I can give you the address for sending the yarn/supplies.
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
12:33 pm
Yarn destashing is working!
I posted a picture of my Red Heart stash when joining this group, and I never did get around to posting pics of my Caron's Simply Soft stash or my Homespun stash. However, the RH and SS yarn is all dwindling down, even with me buying some now and again!

Here are three before pics of my Red Heart stash and then one of what it looks like today.

that's four pics, in case you can't add. ;)Collapse )
Monday, May 14th, 2007
8:07 am
Once upon a time...
...a long, long time ago (last year), I promised a friend that I'd make her a blanket for her birthday. The problem was I couldn't decide what sort of colors and pattern I wanted to use. She left it up to me to decide and told me a few colors she didn't like, but that was pretty much it.

I debated for a few months on various ideas, but nothing seemed quite right.

The story continues, with three picsCollapse )
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
10:56 am
Bad, bad Anne
So, the last couple of months have been interesting.

First of all, my 'exception", instead of sock yarn, is that when I go to a yarn shop I've never been to before, I can buy yarn. I am still restrained and responsible about it, I swear. So, we went to San Diego since my last check-in witht he group and while there we went to 2 shops and I bought a half a grocery bag worth of yarn between them. Two balls were gifts for friends from knit club, and some was yarn I don't have access here to but goes with stuff in my stash, so I ifigured I'd buy it while I could. The rest was just fun stuff though.

Also since then, I did a swap to get rid of a bunch of my vintage patterns, and in the process, I got some yarn that way, too.

And... also... ok, this is all adding up... ALSO, since then, the last issue of Crochet Me came out, in which I had a pattern which caught the eye of a publisher, who asked me to submit patterns for a book on crocheting for the home. They wanted to see swatches for 4 of my 5 ideas and I only had the yarn in the right colors for one of the 4 projects. So, I had to order more, and as they were all multi-colored projects, it meant 11 skeins/hanks/cones. AND Peaches 'n' Creme messed up my order, so I have 3 cones they are letting me keep and are sending the 3 proper cones, so really it's 14 skeins/hanks/cones. If they are accepted, it's a paying gig that will cover the yarn expenses and yay, being in a real book is a major crafty goal for me and I'll be very, very excited. But, seriously, when the yarn finally arrives, it's going to be about a file box worth of stuff. And, of course, if the projects get picked up, I'll need to order more so I can finish them. But that yarn is going straight into the projects and not into stash, so they aren't adding to the stash as much as they are just preventing me from getting to the stash yarn I already have.

All that said, though, I have been productive. I've made a bunch of gifts and donations recently and so with all that, it's been ALMOST a wash. I think once the last of the yarn shipments for the swatches are here, I'll be up by half a file box. I'm airing out the stash today and figuring out alternative storage arrangements because the den with the built in cupboard where I have been storing it all is soon to become my daughter's room and I need to get all that yarn out of there so she doesn't destroy it. In addition to using under-the-bed bags, I've also got some vases and will be using them to store/display yarn in a couple of areas of the house (my dresser and on top of some bookshelves in the dining room we're adding on). As we remodel the house, we're changing up the decor, and since I need to store this yarn somewhere, I figured it's time to start using it as a design element until the stash is down to a resonable amount. It's pretty and it cuts down on the amount of Designated Stash Storage Space (tm) that I need while I work through various projects and such.

Anyway, that's it for now. One step forward, two steps back, but I'm back on the wagon again!
7:55 pm
Destashing update
I meant to post this update on my destashing efforts last month, but I utterly failed - oops! My original post was here and I've edited the original photos to cross out what I've got through.

Stash picturesCollapse )

I have bought a few skeins of yarn since I started - however, one was a gift as part of the "prize" for naming homespunhelpers's blogspot blog (Crafting for a Cause), and one was an "emergency" ball becuase despite packing more yarn than I could conceivably require for a trip, I still managed to run out on a side trip. Oops.

Next up, some pairs of socks from the sock yarn stash....
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