So, how have folks been for the last few months? Getting much headway on your New Year’s Resolutions?
As for me, I’ve been busy knitting more and spending less time on Ravelry. I mean, not by a whole lot but still, I’m making headway as far as finishing projects is concerned. And of course, I’ve been yarn shopping.
Yesterday, I got curious as to how much I actually had. Since I’ve got 99% of my stash uploaded onto my Ravelry page, it didn’t take long for me to figure out exactly how many skeins I had. (if you didn’t know about the Excel spreadsheet function on Ravelry’s yarn page, I suggest you check it out. It’s an awesome tool to keep your out-of-control yarn inventory in check)
Well, the final tally….drumroll please……12,000 skeins(!!!!)
In the course of a year or so, I somehow amassed 1500 skeins. WTF? That didn’t make much sense to me. So I backtracked and tried to see where the sudden surge in numbers occurred. Turns out, I was deluding myself previously by entering all my cone yarns as 1 skein. Technically, it is one skein, right? But c’mon now. Considering most of my cones weigh anywhere from 2-4 pounds, they should not be counted as single skeins. So when I finished adding all my cone yarns that were previously not entered into my Rav stash page and accounted for them appropriately (i.e a 1kg cone would be entered as an equivalent of 10 skeins), the skein total shot up big time, despite my multiple destash attempts.
And I won’t lie – I did accrue some yarns on the way too (Ravelry destashes, Craftsy, minkyarn.com, Knit Picks, etc)
So, my goal for the next several months is to get that 12,000 down to a more reasonable 10,000 (relatively speaking! Yes, I know that number is no where near reasonable for most people), which is why I started Round 1 of my destash. Here’s the plan:
- Round 1: Hand-dyed Yarns, lux yarns, and thinner yarns in skein form (I don’t have time to set up my swift/yarnwinder and cake these up)
- Round 2: Bulky yarns (knitting with fat needles seem to hurt my wrists and elbow)
- Round 3: Undyed yarns (I got rid of a ton a few months ago but still have quite a bit left)
- Round 4: Random skeins that I’ll group into heavily discounted grab bags
- Round 5: Cottons and acrylics (I don’t have a ton of these but still, no sense in holding onto them when I know I won’t be knitting with them)
I posted the destash today on Ravelry and got several people commenting that selling a whole 41 skeins won’t even put a dent in the 12000. True, but I like to parse stuff out little by little. Doing an overhaul is too chaotic and many people hit decision fatigue when they’re faced with too many choices so I’m using a bit of marketing psychology here. Hey, gotta start somewhere right? One step at a time. And mind you, you won’t see a single ball of yarn in sight when you walk into my house (because they’ve been relegated to one room + attic) so I guess it’s not causing problems for anyone else.
Let the stash down begin!