Stash-Buster Challenge 2013: January Update

Yesterday I shared with you that I’ve committed to the Stash-Buster Challenge, and am working on reducing my stash of yarn. I’m desperately trying not to become a hoarder, but after just a few months of crochet, I’m running out of space to store it. So I’m signing up for this 12-step month program to reduce my yarn stash. It took me the whole month of January to fully commit, due to those two key realizations I had to come to grips with. But yesterday, as I was working on organizing my office and craft space, it was time to come clean.

So here is a honest report of what I have in my stash, including yarn in my Work In Progress bag, as of the end of January.

My ‘primary’ yarn stash started by filling up these storage crates we picked up at Target during a back to school sale. As you can see, I quickly ran out of space in my crates. These are skeins that I picked up during yarn sales in colors and textures that I really love but don’t have a specific project necessarily in mind. (This is probably my biggest problem!)

Here’s a view of the crates as they are now stacked up in my office. (I used to have them stacked with the openings facing up so I had to unstack to get to the bottom crates. Umm..yeah, that’s how I ended up just buying more and more yarn, because I never remembered what I had!)

So I have some yarn that I keep in bags in my closet. I pulled them out to photograph them for you and to re-organize the bags into logical groupings.

These are two sets of blue yarn that I purchased with this specific pattern in mind. I have more skeins than the pattern calls for, but I didn’t want to take the chance that I’d be in the middle of the pattern and not have enough yarn in the same dye lot.

This next bag of yarn is for this very cool mitered afghan pattern that I’m working on (you’ll some some of the finished squares in the work in progress bag below). (I actually realized when I came home and started to mark the colors to the associated pattern that I was short one color, so I will be adding 2 skeins to my stash to complete this afghan.)

I picked up the next batch of yarn during a GREAT sale, because they were super soft and inspired by the blog’s new brand colors. (It’s short 2 skeins because of the scarf I made for the 200 Fan Giveaway earlier this month.)

Then there is the “cheap” yarn I picked up around the holidays for $.77 per skein. Yep, 77 CENTS! These aren’t the softest, but I think I’ll use the white to make snowflakes for next winter, and the others will make great practice yarn. I’m sure I’ll come up with some other great uses for it, but I just couldn’t pass them up for the price. I’m actually going to try this tip I saw on Pinterest to see if I can soften them up.

Then there are all the smaller bits and pieces of yarn that I’ve balled up and put in this container. I’ve seen some fun projects for using up scraps, and will also be using some of these in the Granny Square Crochet Along that I’m participating in this year.

Now a full reporting of my yarn stash wouldn’t be complete without sharing what I have in my WIP (Work in Progress) bag. I keep this bag under the end table next to the couch, so I can work on projects as we watch TV in the evenings. (I will someday crochet myself a cute bag – maybe this one, or this one – but had this from a gift basket I received and it’s working perfectly right now.)

In this bag I have three projects in process. The top one is a darling baby blanket I’m making for a friend from this pattern. It’s slow going for me but so worth it. (This is another case where I didn’t buy enough yarn to finish the pattern, so I’ll have to pick up 3-4 more skeins to finish up this project.)

Then I have the parts to my first amigurumi from a crochet slug-a-long I’m participating in.

And finally I have the first few squares from the cool afghan I mentioned above.

Not in the bag, but in my “completed items cabinet” (currently wiped out because much of those were Christmas presents), I have the first four completed granny squares from the crochet-along I’m also doing.

Whew! I think that’s it! Wish me luck on steadily working through this stash this year. January got off to a slow start due to my crazy-busy day-job, but making time to crochet has helped me to relax so I know I’ll be making more time to finish up some projects.

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    • Thanks, Linda! It was actually really liberating to take the time to get it organized and see what I have. It’s really helping to encourage me to use it up!

  1. Wow! It certainly sounds like you have a plan! I have sooooooooooooooooo much yarn. I keep buying baskets and totes to put my next project in and next thing I know, it’s filled to the brim. It’s a constant battle. I must bust my stash! Good luck and have fun. Tammy

    • I only sort of have a plan. LOL I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who battles with having so much yarn! I wish us BOTH luck in making progress working through our stashes! :-)

    • Hi Sandy – you can find current posts from the home page – but yeah I linked this one up because it had a WIP update included. :-)

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