Sunday, March 23, 2014
The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem
Okay, I am admitting I have problem. Because I knit I have lots of yarn. I am sure there are others with stash issues larger than mine, but whatever I am talking about my problem, not theirs. Sometimes I buy yarn with projects in mind, but sometimes not. In 2009 I made a hairpin lace wrap for my mother with 6 skeins of a cotton / acrylic blend yarn I bought in a rainbow of pastels for the project. The DK weight yarn was 250 yards per skein. I thought it would be just enough for a nice wrap. The pastel colors when laid out side by side they reminded me of the marsh mellows in one of my favorite morning cereals, so I called it the "Lucky Charms Hairpin Lace Wrap." I liked the end product and my mother seemed to like it too. However, it left me with about a half a skein of each color or I thought about 750 yards of yarn.
I put all the yarn in a bag and shoved it in my pie safe trying not to let it bother me that I had these half skeins just hanging out in my stash. Most of the time I could forget they waiting in there unknitted, but occasionally it would nag at me. I would say to myself I should get that yarn out of my stash.
One day while looking at a knitting pattern book I saw just the thing for the waiting yarn, a cowl. The design was called the "Ice Cream Cozy Cowl." As you can guess the pattern used pastel colored yarn. I thought that is the perfect pattern for eating up all this leftover yarn. Now I had two things nagging me, using up the yarn and making the cowl. Until one day I gathered the yarn, the pattern, needles and cast on. I was convinced this cowl would relieve me of these leftovers. Magical thinker me.
Well, that didn't happen my friend, once I was done, I still had yarn. Lots of yarn, over 300 yards of yarn. I guess I had more than I thought in those skeins. Instead of just getting rid of the leftovers from the leftover yarn like a sane person might do I decided to knit a towel. Well then I needed to knit another towel. Still I had yarn, so in desperation I knitted a doily out of the scraps. When done with the doily I still had about 18 inches of yarn left. I gave myself a pass on those last inches of yarn, but I am not going to lie I kind of wished I could have used it in the doily too.
In total I knit a hairpin wrap, a cowl, 2 towels, and a doily. I wish I could have just said no to my obsession with using up all of my yarn, but I just couldn't. MUST knit to the last inch of yarn...At least I am admitting I have a problem.