Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stash Busting

I honestly never knew what a 'stash' was until a few years ago. I also never admitted or recognized I had a problem so here is the confession....I probably should NEVER buy yarn again.
I have some leftover, never used yarn that qualifies for the term vintage, if not antique. I also have a load that is under ten years old. A good sale is hard to resist and couple that with over-buying or never completed projects and you have a stash problem!
For the past 3 years I made a New Year's resolution to work from the stash and not buy. One year I made it all the way to February...not good.
I have yarn I know I will never use and have sold some collections to those who need more in their stash but still the bins multiply.
But I think I have the solution to this ever increasing issue with yarn.....create something that doesn't use yarn.
Sound weird? Yes, but hear me out. I have been making unique tape measures and as mentioned in another post, they have been a hit and will be in Knit Simple magazine in the fall. Consequently I haven't been in the stores searching out the next yarn buy. Oh, I'm still knitting and crocheting but have been ferociously attacking the stash. In the past month I completed 3 scarves and 3 sets of hand warmers from my bins.
So that's good, right?
Uh, that would be a no....the tape measures call for fabric. Ask me how that stash has grown!!!! Any suggestions?

7 comments:

Grandmother Carolyn said...

I think "stashes" originate in the Rabbit Hutch - multiplying at an eye-blinking rate of speed!
Thanks, you made me laugh today....
C

Connie Mitan said...

Limit the physical space for storage. That works for us. We can't really have a stash of anything (other than food), because we simply do not have the room.
Perhaps the way to control your stashes is to set a firm limit on how much space your supplies can take up. Once you reach that limit - no more buying. It'll take some discipline (I can just hear it now - "Honey, can you build me another set of shelves for all this extra fabric?" LOL) but with a determined mind, you can do anything.
~Sunfire

JoJo said...

My stash of beads is pretty insane too. So are my paper supplies...

Sandra Tyler said...

i'm always making yself that promise to work from my stash. Even bought a ball winder finally for all the skeins I got second hand. Now I just have to wind balls....

JoJo said...

There's an award for you on my blog today! :)

Andy David said...

Hello.
Visiting from the post A-Z Road Trip.

According to my wife, I'm a hoarder...I don't like to throw things out or maybe I'm just too lazy to sort stuff. Good luck keeping your stash at a minimum! LOL
Thanks for sharing.

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zoraida said...

It's OK to be proud of your accomplishments and obviously, you have many.