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The stash-down quest dives into its third year focusing on stash curation.

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 first quarter of 2015?

OUT:

  • I knit three hats out of 774 yards Nostebarn held double (deep stash)
  • I knit a shawl out of 1230 yards of fingering weight left overs (deep stash)
  • I knit 7 pairs of socks and 1 shawl out of fingering weight yarn (2 FOs deep stash, 5 skeins bought for these specific socks)
  • I knit 2 pairs of mini socks and an egg cozy out of 55 yards of fingering weight left overs (deep stash)

IN:

  • I bought six skeins of Cascade Heritage sock yarn for specific patterns. Already used five of them.
  • I won a skein of sock yarn as grand prize in the HPKCHC Ravenclaw mini sock sprint Winter term 2015. Donated by bacs.
  • I received the first shipment of the 2015 yarn club DH gifted me for Christmas – a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight.

Cascade Heritage Sock
Studio Out Back, LLC Footfall
Socks that Rock 2015 club
STATUS:

At the beginning of the year, my unspent allowance was 16.5 balls of sock yarn and -4472 yards of any yarn.

I used 8 skeins of sock  yarn and 2059 yards of other yarn and added 6 skeins of sock yarn. This puts my Q1 numbers at 2 balls of sock yarn and 686 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance by the end of March is 18.5 balls of sock yarn and -3786 yards of any yarn.

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We are almost half-way through 2015, and it is time for the grand plan to get digitalized from its pen&paper draft. 

If you are interested in the back story or the original rules and goals, you may take a detour to the January 2013 and January 2014 posts. 

My long term objective (beyond the obvious overall stash reduction) is that the majority of my stash is sock yarn, simply because that is what resonates with my crafting.  

My revised rules and goals for 2015 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

As before, 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 🙂

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Catching up on end-of-month housekeeping. I’ve completed 10 pairs of socks, 7 preemie hats, 3 sweaters, 1 dress, a baby hat:

 

Leonie by Dani Sunshine, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started March 18, 2015; completed April 4, 2015

Leonie cardigan

Muti Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started April 4, 2015; completed April 6, 2015.

Muti Dress

Little Cables Hat by Claudine Ong, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started April 6, 2015; completed April 7, 2015.

Little Cables Hat

Baby Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started April 7;  completed April 14, 2015.

Baby Vertebrae

Longing for Spring (SM9-3) by Caoua Coffee, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal 4-ply. Started April 7, 2015; completed April 10, 2015.

Longing for Spring SM9-3

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car, knit in Nøstebarn Silkeull. Started April 15, 2015; completed  April 23, 2015.

Autumn Leaves cardigan

Mad About The Gals (SM9-4) by Adrienne Fong, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock. Started April 19, 2015; completed April 23, 2015.

Mad About The Gals SM9-4

For Whom The Bell Tolls (SM9-5) by Meagheen Ryan, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started May 01, 2015; completed May 03, 2015.

For Whom The Bell Tolls SM9-5

Tradescantia Zebrina (SM9-6) by Natalia Vasilieva, knit in Sandnes Garn Sisu Solids. Started May 15, 2015; completed May 17, 2015.

Tradescantia Zebrina SM9-6

Harlequino (SM9-7) by Margreet Vonkeman, knit in Sunset Stitches Sunset Super Sock (Bilbo Baggins). Started May 27, 2015; completed May 28, 2015.

Harlequino SM9-7

Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock by Jasmin Canty, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal mit Effekt. Started March 27, 2015; completed May 25, 2015.

Vanilla socks

Seven Preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt, knit in various sock yarn left-overs. Started May 12, 2015; completed May 22, 2015.

Preemie hats

Toe-Up Toddler Socks by Sheila Toy Stromberg, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal 4-ply. Started May 20, 2015; completed May 22, 2015.

Child socks

Simply Toe-up by Gudrun Neumann-Mack, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Harry Potter. Started May 22, 2015; completed May 24, 2015.

Child socks

Child’s Sock Pattern by Lucy H. Lee, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Feen & Elfen/Fairies & Elves and Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock. Started May 25, 2015; completed May 27, 2015.

Child socks

Toddler Toe-up Ribbed Socks (my own pattern), knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Sweet & Spicy. Started May 30, 2015; completed May 31, 2015.

Child socks

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Catching up on end-of-month housekeeping. I’ve completed 7 pairs of socks, 3 hats, 2 shawls, 2 pairs of minisocks, and an egg cozy:

 

Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk, knit in Askeladen Merino-lammeuld (2 ply). Started January 03, 2015; completed January 17, 2015

Seaman's Cap

Sleeves by Martina Behm, knit in left-overs of Malabrigo Yarn Sock and Shibui Knits Sock. Started Decenber 19, 2014; completed January 18, 2015.

Sleeves

Eggvarmeren Helge  by Pinneguri, knit in Rauma Finullgarn. Started and completed February 22, 2015.

Helge the egg cozy

Four pairs of cabled socks (Gandalf, Merry, Gimli, Pippin) from Fellowship of the Socks by Claire Ellen, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock. Started February 1, 2015; completed March 15, 2015.

Gandalf socks
Merry Socks
Gimli socks
Pippin socks

Charade by Sandra Park, knit in Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Cotton Fantasy. Started October 12, 2014; completed February 28, 2015.

Charade socks

Two pairs of Socknitters Mini-Sock by Linda Nelson, knit in misc sock yarn scraps. Started and completed March 7, 2015.

Minisocks
Minisocks

Alohomora (SM9-1) by Malena Andersen, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock. Started March 1, 2015; completed  March 13, 2015.

Alohomora SM9-1

Cable Madness (SM9-2) by Karen Buhr, knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock. Started March 21, 2015; completed March 26, 2015.

Cable Madness SM9-2

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started March 08, 2015; completed March 18, 2015.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

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The stash-down quest has been on hiatus in terms of accountability reporting. However, my fall 2014 crafting was heavily influenced by the quest goals.

For the background  story, take a look at my plan for 2014.

My current rules and goals are:

  • In general, knit up as much as possible from Deep Stash (older than two years)
  • Vanish all 2009 yarn of light fingering weight or thicker
  • Vanish all 2010-2013 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
  • 1:5 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 end of 2014?

OUT:

  • I knit 1 pair of socks and 1 shawl out of fingering weight yarn
  • I knit a pair of slippers out of 232 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • I knit an adult and a child sized sweater out of  2142 yards sport weight yarn. Using the majority of one of the two sweater quantities from the LYS sale, and 510y of this came from the heavy weight category
  • I knit a child sized sweater out of 1476 yards of deep stash baby wool
  • I knit a baby blanket out of 1352 yards deep stash baby wool
  • I knit a soaker out of 65 yards deep stash and the heavy weight category
  • I knit a newborn cardigan out of 180 yards deep stash and the heavy weight category
  • I knit multiple accessories using 830 yards
    • 334 yards from deep stash
    • 382 yards from the 2009 bin
    • 376 yards from the heavy weight category
  • I gifted 1 100g skein of sock yarn and 6 balls of Dale Falk, 1161 yards total.

IN:

  • NOTHING!!!

STATUS:

At the beginning of the month, my unspent allowance was 14.5 balls of sock yarn and -5960 yards of any yarn.

I used 2 skeins of sock  yarn and 7438 yards of other yarn.  This brings my numbers up to 2 balls of sock yarn and 1488 yards of any yarn.

My accumulated unspent allowance by the end of the year is 16.5 balls of sock yarn and -4472 yards of any yarn.

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DSC_0002 Nostebarn sweater Hadley Hat Djevellue in alpaca Amalie´s Ravellenic2014 cardigan
Socknitters Mini-Sock Brucie SM8-1 Diamond Shreddies SM8-2 Vanilla opal socks Rainbow Pipes and Linen Stitch Socks SM8-3
Leonie Shakertown Fences SM8-4 Vanilla socks Tonight SM8-5 Vanilla socks
Malabrigo newborn set Malabrigo newborn set Crochet towel / bath mat Retrofit cardigan Kidding Around vest
Wye TdS-1 Chill Thrill SM8-6 Arch-Nemesis TDS2014-5 Kam Chu TDS2014-2 Alexandrina SM8-8
DSC_0015 Partying it Up self-stripeis Laura beaded shawl Dazzle them from behind TDS2014-4 Damask shawl
Timmy Time jumper Windschief Windschief Hat and cowl Soaker
Setesdal cardigan Setesdal hat Djevellue Newborn Vertebrae Baby blanket for Julie
Schoodic Cardigan Slippers Julekuler by Arne & Carlos Julekuler by Arne & Carlos Afterthought stripes
Preemie hat Preemie hats Hexiflats

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Breaking the hiatus: here is the overdue housekeeping of last fall. I’ve completed a shawl, a blanket, four sweaters, four hats, two cowls, a pair of fingerless mitts, a pair of socks, a pair of slippers, two ornaments, a soaker, four preemie hats, and some hexiflats:

 

Damask by Kitman Figueroa, knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started November 09, 2013; completed August 4, 2014

Damask shawl

Timmy Time jumper by Kirstie McLeod, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started November 20, 2013; completed August 7, 2014.

Timmy Time jumper

Windschief by Stephen West, knit in Rowan Lima (brown) and Rowan Creative Focus Worsted (teal). Started August 7, 2014; completed August 14, 2014.

Windschief
Windschief

Irish Mesh Cowl by Jo Strong and Mitt Envy by weezalana, knit in Chili Gredelin Marilyn. Started August, 2014; completed November, 2014.

Hat and cowl

Setesdal cardigan and hat (8101-4, 208-10 Setesdal Baby/Children’s Set by Dale Design), knit in Dale Garn Baby Ulll. Started January 01, 2014; completed September, 2014.

Setesdal cardigan

Julekuler by Arne & Carlos, knit in Dale Garn Baby Ull. Started and finished September, 2014.

Julekuler by Arne & Carlos
Julekuler by Arne & Carlos

AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman, knit in Sunset Stitches Sunset Super Sock (Mandrake). Started August 7, 2014; completed September 30, 2014.

Afterthought stripes

Curly Purly Soaker by Marnie Ann Joyce, knit in Askeladen Lanolingarn (2 ply). Started September 7, 2014; completed September 30, 2014.

Soaker

Djevellue by May B. Langhelle, knit in Dale Garn Baby Ull. Started November 15, 2014; completed November 16, 2014.

Djevellue

111-31 Knitted slippers by DROPS design, knit in Zwerger Garn Opal Sweet & Spicy. Started and completed November 16, 2014.

Slippers

Schoodic Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, knit in Dale Garn Falk. Started September 2014; completed November 28, 2014.

Schoodic Cardigan

Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker, knit in Dale Garn Dale Alpakka. Started December 6, 2014; completed December 20, 2014.

Newborn Vertebrae

Babysvøbet – Det hele kongerige! by Marianne Knorborg, knit in Dale Garn Baby Ull. Started September 21, 2014; completed December 27, 2014.

Baby blanket for Julie

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