Yesterday I was struck with a realization. I had become THAT person. My living room and dining room were littered with bags (some actual totes, the rest just carrier bags), each with a few balls of yarn, or a project (finished or unfinished) in them. Now, granted I don’t keep the tidiest of houses (we like the term “lived in”…), but this was bad. So I took the plunge, and emptied every last bag. I discovered that i have somewhere in the region of 12 balls of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream (and a lot of them in one colour). I also have an inordinate amount of partially-used skeins of acrylic yarn, left over from one project or another. I also have about 10 balls of sock yarn, including some really worrisome mohair sock yarn that I’m a little scared of because I think it would make the fuzziest of socks. I haven’t yet worked out if that’s good or bad.
The best find of all, was a ball of burgundy Malabrigo merino worsted weight yarn, 4oz exactly. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect pattern for it, I’m thinking a small cowl would be best. I’m not even going to touch that yarn until I’m certain the pattern is exactly right. You don’t waste Malabrigo, you just don’t.
Finally got everything organized into storage tubs and totes, now it all sits in a small corner of the living room, as opposed to carrier bag city all over my house And I feel better for it, and a little shocked. I always considered my yarn stash to be small, puny even. I envied those women with boxes and boxes of yarn.
Except, I AM that woman.
So, with that in mind, I have a new rule: unless the pattern calls for a colour or yarn I don’t have, I will check the stash before I purchase any yarn. I may have a clause for exceedingly good yarn deals that I would be insane to pass up, I’m not sure yet. If I don’t, it’s going to get stupid, not to mention a little wasteful. And I hate wasting anything.
In other news, I finished sock no. 1, and have cast on sock no. 2, currently working on the ribbing for the cuff. The first sock fits perfectly and DH has confirmed that it is indeed very warm, which is good. Sadly I dropped a stitch in the body of the foot, which left a huge hole right in the middle of the instep. Ever the perfectionist, I sewed that up right away, I’m not having socks with huge holes in them! I’m also already thinking ahead to the next project, which will be a hat. With the colder weather coming up, I need a decent knitted beanie and I have the perfect dusky pink yarn for it. I may get adventurous and add a black stripe or two around the band, if I can learn how to change colours and still make it look good.
The Yarn Fairy