Saturday, April 01, 2006

It's Flash Your Stash Day

On my knitting forum, today is Flash Your Stash day. On March 11, I spent several hours organizing my stash. Some of it was desperately scary. Lots of unlabeled, unknown yarns left over from who-knows-what. Lots of 100% acrylic. Huge bunches of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, in colours that don't match. Why did I think it would be a good idea to buy those and attempt to crochet (which I've never gotten the hang of) an afghan out of colours that don't match?

There's some nice stuff too. There's stuff I forgot I had. It's pretty neat seeing it all laid out in all its glory.

Here's the whole nine yards. OK, let's face it, there's a lot more than nine yards here. In fact, if my geeky calculations on my knitting spreadsheet (credit goes to Trillian42 for creating this masterpiece) are correct, I have over 11,000 yards. The basket in the upper left corner of the picture is where I keep all my oddballs. One of these days, I'll have to make some kind of stash-busting afghan to get rid of all the oddballs. I really do have a lot.

The yarn in pristine plastic bags near the front is the yarn I got at the Kertzer warehouse sale. The link leads you to my blog entry about that, with more pictures, so I won't bother to re-photograph them up close for this one.

This is a 100% cotton yarn I bought at a craft show and sale quite some time ago. I got discouraged with it, because the directions say that you have to knit a big gauge swatch and then machine wash and dry it and measure how much it shrinks. This is actually a good thing, because it means that the finished product will be machine-washable. But I just don't enjoy knitting it much, and I'm nervous about trusting my gauge swatch.

The company that made it (Summit Yarns) has since gone out of business, or at least, their website listed on the yarn labels no longer exists. So these are kind of a collector's item.

And finally, who can resist free yarn? Bernat was offering a free ball of Disco to anyone who signed up on their website. I had to do it. But now that I have it, I'm at a loss. To make things worse, the name of this colour is "Mr. Brown". Doesn't that sound appealing? NOT.

I'm thinking I may make a cat toy or stuffed animal of some kind. Either that, or I'll make my husband a fun fur thong. Yeah. That's the ticket. I think this will be resting in my stash for quite some time before I feel inspired to knit it up.


curlypurly said...

ha! i have the same bad free disco. Mine is a delightfully heinous turquoise that even my 2 year old holds in great contempt.

Ginger said...

Nice little stash!

Rhonda said...

happiness is a well stashed knitter, and you've got a start going on there. happy knitting!

trek said...

I got that free Disco, too. Gave it to a local peep whose granddaughter loves fun fur scarves.

My Stash Flash

Sue said...

Thanks for the comments, folks! Curlypurly, when I got the brown, I thought it was bad, but I think your turquoise may have it beat. LOL.

JessaLu said...

huh. And here I was thinking that there's no such thing as bad free yarn *grin*

Nice stash!

purrl said...

LMAO at "Mr. Brown." Oh that name has got to come from a very disgruntled employee in creative.

Ian said...

11,000 yards? Jeezum Crow, that's like six and a quarter miles!

I'm dutifully impressed. Do you realize that if you stretched it all end to end vertically, that's cruising altitude for passenger jets. :)