I added to my stash. There. I admit it. I'm not ashamed. Ok, maybe I am a wee tad.
I have enough yarn but sometimes a gal's gotta treat herself to some new lovelies just....well....just because. Our local LYS Beehive Wool Shop had a big boxing day sale on and I just couldn't pass on a good sale. There were too many new babies that wanted to come home with me. I am proud of myself though for not purchasing the gorgeous selection of Brooklyn Tweed they have in stock. It wasn't on sale so my weird though process meant that it wasn't ok to splurge on it but after seeing the new BT Winter 2014 Collection I'm glad I didn't buy any because now it means I can go in and get yarn for my favorite pattern from the collection. I'm all over that Channel Cardigan by Jared Flood. Dreamy! I need that on my body asap!
I also find it more fun to by yarn when you are with friends (ahem...enablers). I get a shopping high off of just watching them buy yarn. I love seeing us all go nuts over skeins and skeins of yummy yarn feeling content in the fact that I am not crazy and not the only one who can get THIS excited over yarn. We all spent a nice of chunk of time there and all came home with bags of new goodies. It was a lovely afternoon after all the xmas craziness. Yarn is good for the soul but what does that mean to our stash?
Well....I try to limit myself. I have one shelf that is just for yarn. Once it is full I'm cut off. On that shelf I have one level for yarn to just be stacked so I can see it. These are the ones I'm hoping to use in the near future and want to be inspired by. Then on 2 other levels I have 2 pretty turquoise baskets that I keep my WIP's in and other miscellaneous knitting goodies like my scale, sock blocker etc...and then on the bottom shelf I have 2 small plastic tubs. 1 tub is for all the leftover bits of yarn from projects that I want to keep (don't ask me why because I don't know yet. I just find it horribly hard to get rid of madelinetosh even if it's only a little poof of it left..haha) and the other tub is for skeins that I've had in my stash for longer that I haven't used yet. These I'm hoping to swap or maybe sell sometime so I can make room for more new stash. See how that works...lol.
I do try to remember though that I live in a condo. I don't have tons of room and my yarn is mostly in the open so I can't easily hide it from my eyes and well, I just start to get all fidgety if I have too much yarn staring at me all the time. I already don't have enough time in the day to get my work done never mind yarn making me feel guilty for not loving it enough ;) So this year I'm planning on trying to knit from the stash I now have (new babies included) and as I work through stash I can reward myself with new skeins (plus I have to save up for Vogue Knitting Live in March!!!!) Sounds like a doable plan and one I hope to stick too. Just don't ask me about my fabric....that is a whole other can of worms (hangs head in shame).
So in honor of the new year I'm going into phase "Stash Maintenance". Not a yarn diet, but maintenance. Anyone care to join me? C'mon now....you know you want to (ummm...need to). Don't make me do it alone...lmao. And after asking you so very nicely to suffer alongside me and not buy tons of new yarn till we use what we have I'm now going to show you my new lovelies....I know...twisted. But they are soooooo purdy. I had to show them all to you. It wouldn't be fair to hide them from the world in my dark bedroom.
// SWAN'S ISLAND
|SWANS ISLAND 100% ORGANIC MERINO WOOL FROM THE NATURAL COLORS COLLECTION \\ COLORWAY SHALE|
|MADELINETOSH DK \\ COLORWAY DR. ZHIVAGO'S SKY|
// MADELINETOSH AND INDIGO DRAGONFLY
|MADELINETOSH VINTAGE (LIGHT TURQUOISE) \\ COLORWAY BUTTON JAR BLUE & INDIGO DRAGONFLY SUPERWASH WORSTED \\ COLORWAY MY OTHER ORCA IS AN OTTER|
// PATONS CLASSIC WOOL WORSTED
|PATONS CLASSIC WOOL WORSTED \\ COLORWAY NATURAL|
// PATONS CLASSIC WOOL ROVING
|PATONS CLASSIC WOOL ROVING \\ COLORWAYS (LEFT) DARK GREY & (RIGHT) CHERRY|
Here's some other helpful posts we've done in regards to stash and WIP's to stay organized!
KEEPING THE STASH ORGANIZED
:: YARN STASH BALL BANDS PRINTABLE
:: TOP 5 TIPS FOR CONQUERING YOUR WIP'S
Now it's your turn to spill the beans! What have you added to your stash lately? What yarns are you dying to get your hands on this year? Any tips for stash maintenance? Will you join me?
P.S. You can get a sneaky peeky at my stash here on my instagram.