Monday, July 23, 2007

You Thought I Was Kidding

I decided to sort the stash, even before I had figured out storage options.
I'm not really sure what I was thinking.

This is how my living room looked last night. Bear in mind, this doesn't include any UFO's or WIP's, or even any projects in my mind where the yarn and pattern are reserved.

And then go look at the stash on Flickr. I found so many yarns I didn't even know I had.
But, on the bright side, it's all inventoried and ready for ravelry. And also you. When you look at the flickr site, it's kind of like shopping. In the titles of the pictures, those marked * are available for rapid destashing. You can get it if you submit something fugly for Fugly Friday. You could also maybe get it by asking nicely. These are yarns that just need to go to a good home.
Other yarns are pretty okay, but I'm not married to them. Those are marked with **. I'm happy to trade or sell those.
Some of the the stash is just permanent. You know how this goes.
Also, does anyone know of a good charity that wants acrylic yarn? I have a ton. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just, well, acrylic. I've moved on.
The yarn sat all last night while I debated storage options. Lots of good ideas from you guys. Lorna is just too organized for her own good. Also, my stash would eat hers for breakfast and still be hungry.
But since I was too broke and lazy to go out and buy new storage bins of any kind, I decided to use an existing built-in bookshelf in my apartment. I was resisting doing this because 1. there were all sorts of decorations on there 2. it's where I throw my junk when I walk in the door and 3. I wasn't really sure the stash would fit, 4. it won't help much when I move.

In the end, though, I think it was the right choice, for now, anyway. The trouble is that there is now a ripple effect, in which all the junk that was on these shelves now have to find new homes. That's okay, it's part of my greater cleaning/decluttering process. (Shoes and clothes are going to take a hard hit next.)
From top to bottom we have noveltry/acrylic (those I'm not getting rid of), wool, cotton, sock and lace, and exotics, which at the moment includes everything from alpaca, silk, cashmere, bamboo, angora, aloo, quiviuk, and some other crazy things, I'm sure.
I like having it all visible. It's sitting there, begging me to knit it. I'm sure this will be good in the long run, but right now it's a bit of a problem. What is it that is so magical about casting on? But I'm going to try not to for a while. The next stage of yarn organization will assess the UFO situation. I will finish current WIP's, and then I will start to go layer by layer into Area 51.


Amanda said...

I am so proud of you for doing this! I know it was painful to confront your addiction head on, but it was the right thing to do. :-)

Not casting on for awhile is going to be a tough one, especially since your stash is right there in the open just begging to be knit & swatched.

Jen said...

After reading your post the other day I went looking through my stash to try to organize it better and I too found a bunch of yarn I forgot about!

I like it on the shelves! Very cool.

Carrie Penny said...

You have some really neat things in your stash, I really like the patterning in the pink and grey cotton/linen...

Vicki said...

Sarah, I'll trade some handspun for some of the yarns you're destashing. Check my email for details.

Romi said...

:gasp: It's beautiful!