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I ended year 3 of the stash-down quest with a positive allowance for both sock yarn and other yarn. Let´s see how I did in Q1 with the ratio relaxed  to 1:1.

For the background  story, goals, and rules, take a look at my plan for 2016.

OUT:

  • I knit 4 pairs of socks
  • I knit myself a sweater out of Malabrigo Rios (1241 yards, used less than the pattern called for)
  • I knit toddler garments out of 234 yards of Dale Babyull (deep stash), 827 yards of Nostebarn 2ply (deep stash), and 551 yards of Garnstudio DROPS Lace
  • I finished a pair of gloves from 2014 at 245 yards and knit Amalie a pair of fingerless mitts out of left-over sock yarn (66 yards) – both pairs from deep stash
  • I knit a stranded, steeked colorwork blanket using 1412 yards of the 5 skeins of sockyarn I bought for this (used less than the pattern called for). I´ll be counting this as yardage since it is neither socks nor shawl as per the rules

IN:

  • 7 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Rios for a sweater that is already off the needles (1470 yards)
  • 11 balls of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply with 40% discount for garments for the girls (1913 yards, two projects already started)
  • 6 balls of Sandnes Garn Tynn merinoull to make baby garments, including a baby shower gift (1148 yards)
  • 11 skeins of Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro (sock yarn), of which 5 was for a blanket that has been finished
  • 3 skeins of Hazel Knits sock yarn that the Husband brought back from Seattle

Malabrigo Rios
Rowan pure wool 4ply
Rowan pure wool 4ply
Klompelompe garn
Cascade heritage
Cascade Heritage
Hazelknits

STATUS:

At the beginning of January, my unspent allowance was 18.5 balls of sock yarn and 100 yards of any yarn.

I used 4 skeins of sock  yarn and 4576 yards of other yarn and added 14 skeins of sock yarn and 4531 yards of other yarn. This puts my Q1 numbers at -10 balls of sock yarn and 45 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance by the end of March is 8.5 balls of sock yarn and 145 yards of any yarn. YAY, the numbers are still green!!!

Almost done catching up on end-of-month housekeeping. I´ve completed 4 sweaters, 4 pairs of socks, a pair of gloves, a pair of fingerless mitts, and a blanket:

Tanvi by Anjali M, knit in Dale Garn Baby Ull. Started September 9, 2015; completed January 7, 2016.

Tanvi

#1924 Raglangenser i dobbelt 2-tråds garn by Kathrine Gregersen, knit in Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (held double). Started January 4, 2016; completed January 8, 2016.

Nøstebarngenser

lila[c]loud by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne knit in Garnstudio DROPS Lace (held double). Started January 8, 2016; completed January 31, 2016.

lila[c]loud

Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Rios. Started January 24, 2016; completed March 14, 2016.

Campside cardigan

Spacious OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams, knit in Sunset Stitches Sunset Super Sock. Started January 21, 2016; completed January 29, 2016.

Spacious OMG Heel Socks

Jane Bennet Socks by Rachel Coopey, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro. Started February 2, 2016; completed February 17, 2016.

Jane Bennet Socks by Rachel Coopey

SlipStripeSpiral (SockMadness 10-1) by Mylene Pipers, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Schafpate and Sandnes Garn Sisu Solids. Started March 1, 2016; completed March 14, 2016.

SlipStripeSpiral

Rose & Thorn Socks (SockMadness 10-2) by Ronni Smith, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro. Started March 21, 2016; completed March 25, 2016.

Rose & Thorn Socks

Kingdom by Becky Herrick, knit in Shibui Knits Sock. Started January 18, 2014; completed February 6, 2016.

Kingdom Gloves

Adorable kids fingerless gloves by Wei S. Leong incorporating recipe of the month :: align mitts by by Courtney Spainhower, knit in GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome. Started March 2, 2016; completed March 6, 2016.

Sparkly fingerless mitts

Baby Blanket Snowflakes / Vognteppet Snøfnugg by Pinneguri, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro. Started January 18. 2016; completed March 31, 2016.

Snowflake blanket

We are almost one third into 2016, and it is time for the annual grand plan to be revealed.
Hazelknits
If you are interested in the back story or the original rules and goals, you may take a detour to the 20132014, and 2015 posts. 

My long term objective is that the majority of my stash is sock yarn, simply because that is what resonates with my crafting. The past focus reflected by the ratios has also been an overall stash reduction.

After the incident of the 2014 LYS sales, I´ve been extremely picky about what yarn to buy and when. Some might say that I´m becoming a yarn snob, but why should you not knit with the best yarn you can afford that is appropriate for the project? When maternity leave ends and I return to work life with three little ones demanding my attention evenings and weekends, knitting time will be at a premium. When you treat yourself, you don´t dive into the sales bin at the dollar store…

In 2015, I turned the  negative 4472 yard balance to a 100-yard allowance enforcing the 1:3 ration. That is almost 13500 yards more out than in! At the same time, the unspent sock yarn account went up from 16.5 to 18.5 skeins.

Without further ado, I rename the Stash-down Quest to the Stash Curation! The trove shall be curated and groomed allowing precious and appropriate skeins in and the lesser yarns will be subjected to use-or-loose. 

My revised rules and goals for 2016 are:

  • In general, knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (older than two years). The majority of the commercial yarns that have been on my vanishing list fall into this category.
  • 1:1 skein ratio for fingering sock yarn – Knit one pair of adult socks or a shawl, may buy 100g of new sock yarn
  • 1:1 yardage ratio for all other yarns
  • Yardage in is when the yarn enters the house. Yardage out is when a WIP becomes an FO or yarn is gifted/donated/traded
  • Vacation yarns do not count (but may only buy yarns not available at local-to-me yarn stores (LYSes)
  • Gifts and prizes do not count

As always, I will not reveal the overall size of the stash in terms of skeins/balls or yardage, but I will report on yarn going in and out🙂

Seaman's Cap Pippin socks Gandalf socks Merry Socks Gimli socks
Charade socks Helge the egg cozy For Whom The Bell Tolls SM9-5 Child socks Vanilla socks
Alohomora SM9-1 Sleeves The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief Cable Madness SM9-2 Mad About The Gals SM9-4
Leonie cardigan Little Cables Hat Baby Vertebrae Muti Dress Autumn Leaves cardigan
Longing for Spring SM9-3 Harlequino SM9-7 Gramps cardigan Emma Asked cardigan Minisocks
Minisocks Virrat TDS 2015-1 Toddler Toe-up Socks Tallulah cardigan Preemie hats
Adrian with garter earflap hat DSC_0123 DSC_0126 DSC_0129 Flax (tincanknits)
Tempest Cardigan Seaman´s cap From a Distance socks Tallulah - Amalie
Nøstebarngenser - Amalie Swirl hat Fanasaeter Helen Joyce dresses Sea of Dreams Baby Blanket - Elinor
Celestarium shawl Yum sweater Eole cardi and little cables hat Mielie Fibonautilus
Barley hat Baable hat Nostebarnsuit Snowflake cuff Celestarium swatch
Crochet ornaments Doll blanket Crochet ornaments IMG_0445 Crochet dress with bolero
Wash cloth Preemie hats

Still catching up on end-of-month housekeeping. I´ve completed 6 hats, 2 shawls, 2 child garments, a bunny wash cloth, a doll blanket, some crochet ornaments, a doily, a sweater west, a doily, and a bracelet/cuff:

Preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt, knit in Sunset Stitches Sunset Super Sock and Dale Garn Baby Ull. Started and completed on October 3, 2015 and on November 3, 2015, respectively.

Preemie hat
Preemie hat

Two Baa-ble hats by Donna Smith, knit in Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply). Started November 11, 2015; completed November 14, 2015.

Baable hat

Barley by tincanknits, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started November 28, 2015; completed November 30, 2015.

Barley hat

Windschief by Stephen West, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started December 29,  2015;  completed December 30, 2015.

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Mielie Vest by Hilary Smith Callis, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started September 23, 2010; completed November 15, 2015.

Mielie

Celestarium by Audry Nicklin, knit in Garnstudio DROPS Lace. Started September 28, 2015; completed  November 26, 2015.

Celestarium shawl

FiboNautilus by Teresa Seasons, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock and Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro. Started October 11, 2011; completed October 29, 2015.

Fibonautilus

29-45 Doily by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd), crocheted in Katia Galaxy. Started November 4, 2015; completed November 7, 2015.

IMG_0445

DK 8 Point Round Ripple Baby Blanket by Samantha Attanasio, crochet in Garnstudio DROPS Cotton Viscose. Started October 13, 2015; completed October 19, 2015.

Doll blanket

#1924 Raglangenser i dobbelt 2-tråds garnby Kathrine Gregersen, knit in Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply). Started November 15, 2015; completed November 28, 2015.

Nøstebarngenser - Amalie

#1925 Heil dress i dobbelt 2-tråds garn by Kathrine Gregersen, knit in Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply). Started December 1, 2015; completed December 30, 2015.

Nostebarnsuit

Spa Day Facecloth by Anne Mancine, knit in Dale Garn Lerke. Started and completed October 5 2015.

Wash cloth

Cuff inspired by Baby Blanket Snowflakes / Vognteppet Snøfnugg by Pinnegurio, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro. Started and completed December 31, 2015.

Snowflake cuff

SNOWFLAKE motif by Crochet- atelier and 104-46 Elegant heart by DROPS design, crochet in Coats Puppets Eldorado 12. Started October 29, 2015; completed November 2, 2015.

Crochet ornaments
Crochet ornaments

The last quarter of 2015 reveals a shocking truth!

For the background  story, take a look at my plan for 2015.

My current rules and goals are:

  • In general, knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (older than two years)
  • Vanish all pre 2015 Dale Baby Ull and Nostebarn / Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply)
  • Vanish all pre 2015 yarn of sport weight or thicker
  • 1:1 ratio for fingering sock yarn – Knit one pair of adult socks or a shawl, may buy 100g of new sock yarn
  • 1:3 ratio for all other yarns, based on yardage
  • Yardage in is when the yarn enters the house. Yardage out is when a WIP becomes an FO or yarn is gifted/donated/traded
  • Vacation yarns do not count (but may only buy yarns not available at local-to-me yarn stores (LYSes)
  • Gifts and prizes do not count

So, how did I do wrapping up 2015?

OUT:

  • I knit a doll blanket out of 315 yards from deep stash
  • I knit a huge shawl out of 1059 yards of fingering weight, partially deep stash
  • I crochet a doily out of 411 yards from the 2014 LYS sale
  • I knit an adult sweater vest and 2 hats out of 1150 yards Dale Falk from the 2014 LYS sale
  • I knit a beaded lace weight shawl out of 1005 yards bought in Q3
  • I knit a sweater, a snow suit and 2 hats out of Nostebarn deep stash (3402 yards)
  • I knit preemie hats, ornaments, and blanket squares out of 660 yards of scraps

IN:

  • I bought 3 skeins of Cascade Heritage sock yarn for a test knit I was approved for
  • I received the final shipments of the 2015 yarn club DH gifted me for Christmas – a  skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight.

Cascade Heritage

Gifts/prizes:
Socks that Rock light weight

STATUS:

At the beginning of October, my unspent allowance was 21.5 balls of sock yarn and -2567 yards of any yarn.

I used 0 skeins of sock  yarn and 8002 yards of other yarn and added 3 skein of sock yarn. This puts my Q4 numbers at -3 balls of sock yarn and 2667 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance by the end of December is 18.5 balls of sock yarn and 100 yards of any yarn. THE NUMBERS ARE NO LONGER RED!!!

The third quarter of 2015 took a big bite of the stash!

For the background  story, take a look at my plan for 2015.

My current rules and goals are:

  • In general, knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (older than two years)
  • Vanish all pre 2015 Dale Baby Ull and Nostebarn / Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply)
  • Vanish all pre 2015 yarn of sport weight or thicker
  • 1:1 ratio for fingering sock yarn – Knit one pair of adult socks or a shawl, may buy 100g of new sock yarn
  • 1:3 ratio for all other yarns, based on yardage
  • Yardage in is when the yarn enters the house. Yardage out is when a WIP becomes an FO or yarn is gifted/donated/traded
  • Vacation yarns do not count (but may only buy yarns not available at local-to-me yarn stores (LYSes)
  • Gifts and prizes do not count

So, how did I do for the third quarter of 2015?

OUT:

  • I knit a baby blanket out of 842 yards of fingering weight deep stash
  • I knit 2 dresses out of yarn bought for these in Q2 (1332 yards)
  • I knit 2 hats and 5 sweater out of 2068 yards fingering weight from deep stash
  • I used up the last of the Nostebarn lanolin yarn (153 yards, deep stash)
  • I finished a crochet dress and bolero started in 2003  (2270 yards)
  • I finished a cardigan for me started in 2010 and knit a toddler sweater out of the left-overs (1580 yards)
  • I knit 2 child sweaters and a hat out of the reminder of Dale Lerke from the 2014 LYS sales (825 yards)
  • I finished another UFO cardigan for me and knit myself a second sweater out of the left-overs (1312 yards)
  • I knit 4 adult hats for charity out of 6 balls of Dale Falk from the 2014 LYS sale (696 yards)
  • I knit 1 pair of adult socks out of fingering weight yarn (skein of Cascade Heritage bought in Q2)

IN:

  • I bought two skeins of Garnstudio DROPS Lace (1750 yards) for a shawl that got cast on as soon as the yarn arrived.
  • I bought one skein of Leading Men Fiber Arts Soliloquy (sock yarn) on their annual sale.
  • I bought two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport Multi (400 yards)
  • I won a podcast contest and have been gifted a skein of sock yarn as prize.
  • I received July and September shipments of the 2015 yarn club DH gifted me for Christmas – two  skeins of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight.

Drops Lace
LMFA Soliloquy
Lorna´s Laces Shepherd Sport

Gifts/prizes:
Daizie Knits Vine
Socks that Rock light weight
Socks that Rock light weight

STATUS:

At the beginning of July, my unspent allowance was 21.5 balls of sock yarn and -4110 yards of any yarn.

I used 1 skeins of sock  yarn and 11078 (!!!) yards of other yarn and added 1 skein of sock yarn plus 2150 yards of other yarn. This puts my Q3 numbers at 0 balls of sock yarn and 1543 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance by the end of September is 21.5 balls of sock yarn and -2567 yards of any yarn.

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