The past few months can best be characterized by the term yarn gluttony. I am one of those people who feels guilt over the size of my yarn stash… I try to be a minimalist and lessen my consumerism in many other areas of my life, why not do it with my yarn as well?
I think I talk myself into it by saying “oh, it is my vacation”, or “this only happens once a year”. I have to make a pact with myself – knit only from stash yarns. I have SO much to work from – and I can promise that about 80% of my yarns have assigned projects! I already know what I am going to make with it, so why not work with it?
I would only buy new yarn for the most special of occasions. I am giving myself one free pass: some luxurious alpaca from Peru during my August trip. (I mean, honestly, I can’t go to Peru and not get alpaca, you realize that, right Erin?)
It’s time for another yarn diet. Starting now, and ending when I feel like it. I am going to use this time to fall in love with the yarns in my stash all over again. I have some works in progress to finish up, but in the mean time, my mind is already thinking about my next big project…
The Von tunic, the middle sweater, is probably on the top of my list. I love the shape, and I have the beautiful Peace Fleece yarn just waiting to go on the needles. I bought this yarn at this year’s Sheep and Wool festival.
Since it is kind of red and kind of purple, it would fit in well with the next two color triads for Project Spectrum! With all of that stockinette, I am estimating it to take awhile anyway…
Nordic Memories, the first sweater, is from an old Interweave Knits – Winter 2004, I think – and always caught me eye. I liked the little bits of stranded colorwork. I am planning to make it in similar colors: dark brown, with ecru and a violet for the trim. All of the colors are Jo Sharp’s DK Wool. I bought this yarn at my local yarn shop’s fall sale – it was all 40% off!
You may remember the final sweater – Aftur, the yoked Icelandic pulli – last year and really fell in love with the pattern. When I was in North Carolina visiting my sisters, I bought the yarn for it at the yarn shop in her town.
…and that is just some the sweaters I have planned during my stash reduction…
it doesn’t count all of the socks!
This seems to hit me every year after the Festival – and this year, I am going to make a dent in the stash!