About a year ago I shared the following pictures with you - my stash, in all of it's glory:
My sock yarns
That mountain of palette (this picture doesn't do it justice)
And my handspun.
It was the stash toss to end all stash tosses. I fell in love with my yarn all over again, and I challenged myself to see just how much of it I could knit up in 2015.
My original intent was to check back in with that project at the end of December, but I decided to give it until February so that it would more accurately reflect a year of work.
SO...I tried to recreate the pictures to show the progress....and here they are in reverse order.
I am delighted that I actually made a dent in my handspun yarn. A hat and a scarf might not seem much, but they were a pleasure to knit and as they were made out of bulky yarn it did make a dent in the stash.
I said last year that the picture of my Palette yarn didn't do it justice. I made TWO blankets out of it this year...and this is how much I have left. I am quite pleased with my progress here.
I'm also pleased with my progress on the potential sweater yarn. I made one sweater for myself and a baby surprise jacket. Not seen in the original picture was a batch of yarn I'd bought years ago and had given to my mom. She didn't really want it, so I took it back...and later this week there will be another new sweater post for me! I also gifted the red yarn to my aunt. It was leftover from multiple projects, and I was just done with it.
Even better, I've made solid plans for four more sweaters from this pile this year - including a couple of summer shells. So exciting to find uses for this!
I put a dent in the laceweight yarn - two shawls, which for me is a huge reduction in the amount of lace I usually knit. Ah well.
The kicker is that last year when I did the original post I'd put this lace yarn in the donations bin....and just before we carted all of that stuff off I pulled it out to keep. Sigh.
The big kicker is the sock yarn....sort of.
From the original picture, this is all that's left that hasn't been attached to a project yet.
And while I did knit up a lot with it...this hasn't been touched yet, but is designated for specific projects over the next few months.
Ahem. I did buy a bit of sock yarn last year, but not much. (and some went straight into a project) The red you see actually is from the same batch as the red in the undesignated sock yarn picture. I had bought four skeins years ago, eventually sold half to my BKB, and recently took it back so that I could use it for a substantial project. Having yarn come home seems to be a minor theme this year.
And then this happened. One of my favorite online resources put my favorite sock yarn - Opal - on a massive sale. While in general I still want to work the stash down as much as is humanly possible, this is definitely a yarn I don't mind having on hand for a variety of reasons....and the sale was just too darn good to pass up. I won't need to buy sock yarn again for another couple of years.
Looking back in the year since I made that vow, I used my stash to make:
8 pair of socks
4 warm things (hat/scarf/mittens)
I bought yarn for:
2 small gifts
1 large gift
I'm pretty pleased with those results! I'm also very happy about the fact that I happily have plans for so much more of the yarn that I own. In fact, at this point there are absolutely no plans to buy anymore yarn this year!
Let's see how far I can get in another 12 months!