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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Lack of stash?

Am I the only one? Am I the only knitter out there who doesn't horde yarn, buying tons at a time? Don't get me wrong -- I luuuurve yarn. I drool over it and rub it against my face and sniff it like everyone else. And I do have it stashed all over the tiny apartment.

But I usually don't buy large quantities of yarn unless I have a very specific project in mind. Finding yarn for a pattern I love is an adventure -- finding a pattern for yarn that I love typically drives me insane. I'll haul out all the old knitting magazines, hoping something will jump out at me. Then I'll Google and Google the yarn, hoping I'll find the perfect pattern that calls for the perfect amount of yarn. If it uses too little yarn, it's wasteful. And if I run out of yarn -- well, that's just a tragedy.

Case in point -- this great yarn that my mom bought for me in France a year ago. A year ago! I still can't decide what to do with it. Any ideas?



And here was my attempt to shoehorn yarn I bought into a pattern. This is the Misty Mountain Farm merino that I picked up at Maryland Sheep & Wool, hopefully being whipped into the Harvard Square cardigan from "Knitting For Baby." (I know, it's going to look totally different, but that's what happens when I knit from my stash! And I think these are great little boy colors for my friend's baby boy.)



But I think I could be converted. On Friday before work, Michelle and I stopped by the closing sale at Suss in Soho. And lookie!



That's some Ultrasoft in ivory and Angora in black. I also picked up some wooden needles and a much-needed stitch holder. Total price? $27.05. Yeah, I love a bargain. Now, all I have to do is find a pattern ...

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am totally with you on that. I only buy yarn for specific projects. I was starting to wonder if I was the only one.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

i horde yarn but it's been mostly sock yarn these days. i admire how you are able to buy yarn only when you have a project in mind. wow, that is a very good thing. no need to feel apologetic about it.

nice haul from suss. i thought about stopping by myself but i heard pretty much everything is gone by now. not shocking. oh well, i snooze, i lose.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Oohh you got a good deal on that yarn!

I am the same way with yarn. My stash is just leftovers from other projects...which, sadly, is a lot. I am thinking of giving it away.

11:26 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

i'm still kinda surprised that i didn't buy any yarn for myself, and even after seeing everyone else's newly acquired stash, i'm not jealous. what's happened to me?

oh, but after i left you, i somehow found myself walking up broadway and then somehow i found myself in p&s and then i found myself walking out with some fabric and 3 patterns! the patterns were cheap, but still...

12:12 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

that's how it starts for me though, I buy things for specific projects...never get around to it...and a stash is born.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yikes! I must find my way to Suss before all the good stuff is gone! That's what a fine haul you left with.

I'm the same way about not hoarding yarn because if I find a new pattern I will inevitably want "new" yarn for it. It seems to make a new pattern more exciting for me. Or maybe I'm just strange. Hmm.

9:06 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

ooo, the black angora! there was none of that left when i got there at around 3:45. by the time marie got there around 5:30 EVERYTHING was gone. i'm sure they've closed the shop for good by now.

yeah, i stash but generally because it's 1) i'm at a store with totally unique yarn in a faraway place (like tokyo) and i see yarn that i can't get anywhere else, so i buy it, or 2) the yarn is on a ridiculous sale, or 3) i really need to treat myself to something because it's a special day or an especially bad day.

so i have a modest stash but nothing that takes up a whole room or anything ;)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I have rarely bought yarn without a project in mind...the problem is my project queue is getting a little too long.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Lovely purchase! I tend to buy yarn for projects and then decide I don't want to do the project anymore, or I just have to get it because it's on sale. I really have been trying to cut back though, because what's the point of having yarn you'll never use? Might as well give it to someone who will use it.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I think I need to take your approach to yarn buying. I don't buy huge amounts of yarn, just one or two skeins here and there - but it adds up! And then I'm stuck searching for one-skein patterns - not fun!

1:09 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Carrie, I totally only buy yarn for a project. My "stash" is mostly comprised of leftovers and yarn originally intended for now abandoned projects. I always wonder who these super-stash knitters are and how the heck they can afford to have heaps of Rowan and such bursting out of their closets. Even when nice yarn is on sale I can't justify buying it unless I know I'm going ot knit it.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

I second Yahaira. That's how it started for me too. I bought yarn for a project and then scrapped the project. I hate matching pattern to yarn too so it sits in my bin. I don't have much stashed, though because I really try to use it before buying new yarn. Being in a budget helps control the stash!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I'm with you Carrie - I don't hoard yarn either. All I have is one small yafta block of yarn and a small basket... I must have a project in mind, otherwise I'm hopefully indecisive and insecure in my purchase.

The angora and ultrasoft look divine - what do you have in mind? Scarves or shawls??

4:50 PM  
Blogger Sluggo said...

I think you should knit something for your new apartment with all of your leftover yarn... maybe a couch. Or, at the very least, you could knit a nice comfy chair.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Yup, I think you are the only one without a stash. :)

2:29 AM  
Blogger Megann said...

I agree - I bought a ton of yarn at the Suss sale and am now freaking out about what to make out of it. I have grand designs to design my own mohair sweater, but we'll see how that goes. I do have a fair stash considering how little I have produced lately, but I so enjoy purchasing the yarn that I think it all balances out.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

I made a cardie out of Phildar Rivage! (the Granny Smith cabled cardie). It has a lovely drape...
I agree with Yahaira: my stash is composed of yarn that's earmarked for a project, but I never got around to it. But I must admit that once I'm done with a project and I'm looking for a new one, I love digging around my stash!
PS Love that angora!

9:44 AM  
Blogger pixienyc said...

I'm also generally not a stasher and tend to buy yarn for specific projects only. The exception is the big sales like Suss. How can you pass up those prices? Now I have a little bit of a stash, but I know I will use it.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

oh I'm a huge yarn hoarder - but I've gotten much better at just passing yarn by and not going too insane. Ahh Suss - I got there way too late on friday and basically EVERYTHING was gone - oh well I have enough yarn for a lifetime anyway!

10:32 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

I am not a pack rat when it comes to yarn either (or anything else in my life). I recently blogged about how hard it was for me to order some yarn from elann without a project in mind. I am finishing a few projects now and have extra balls of yarn...wish I could return them. So, I understand completely!

PS...you recently commented on the pink eyelet v-neck I knit. Thanks!! I am going to post the pattern I used this week. I actually wrote it up!

12:29 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

The only yarn I add to my stash without a specific project in mind is sock yarn. Then again, I know it'll be socks, I just don't know which ones. I have a really hard time buying non-sock yarn without a pattern picked out, and on the few occasions where I've done just that, I've usually wound up having that yarn in the back/bottom of the stash for months or years.

1:15 PM  
Blogger mayarn said...

Ugh - I HATE trying to find a pattern to fit with an amount of yarn I already have. I feel like i'm never completely happy with whatever combination decide on.

In any case, nice haul. when it's on Super Sale, the decision whether or not to buy isn't really that hard, huh? :-)

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

Yeah Suss!
I know what you mean about buying yarn without a project. Without knowing what you're making, will there be enough for a project when you finally decide? Good job on your splurge, I think I see a shawl or two in your future.....

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I stash and hoard. I buy yarn because it's pretty, because it compels me. Just because it's there. I envy your restraint, but I can't imagine life without my little yarnball creatures creaping out of the closet and from beneath the bed occasionally. Nice stuff you got from Suss! That was gone by the time I got there, but I managed to buy a whole sack full of stuff anyway...

5:21 PM  
Anonymous PurlyQueen said...

I usually buy yarn when I have a new project in mind, but I can never resist a bargain!

By the way, I love reading your blog. I'm a fellow newspaper person, but I live in London, UK.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

you are not alone! and what little stash i do have, the yarn is all marked and was bought for specific projects.

suss is closing! hmm, i'd hate to miss a good sale but considering i had never visited the store i guess i'm not missing anything. it's still sad, very sad!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Where I get into trouble is when there's a sale or a good deal. I buy yarn without a pattern if the price is right... Thus the stash...

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw my "bistro" sweater on a previous post. It is lovely, and I appreciate all the time - and counting - you are putting into it! Maman

9:04 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Umm, yeah, you are one of those few that buy yarn for specific projects. I sometimes buy for a specific project, other times I buy the yarn that I want because it's on sale, pretty, etc.

11:55 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Nice bargain!! Good luck deciding on a project - that French stuff is lovely. :-)

4:30 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I love that yarn! In fact, I made a big purchase (I thought) and now I find I am about 2 short!!! :( I would be very happy to purchase any extra Suss Yarn Ultrasoft in Ivory!!!

9:25 PM  

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