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Topic: Seriously....I have a problem...YARN!!! Major pic obese!!! You are warned!  (Read 12913 times)
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« on: February 02, 2008 11:19:07 PM »

 Embarrassed Okay....the first step is admitting you have a problem. There. I said it. My resolution is to get rid of the majority of my yarn stash and knit, crochet and holy crap...whatever else I can do to make it smaller. Okay....smaller would be containing it to the ONE room. I am already making some effort into this project and have currently finished a dress for my daughter and am working on 3 adult XL sweaters, some hats, a skirt.....crap. I have A LOT of wip....but I am whipping right thru them! Take that yarn stash! Tongue
My goal is to get this out of control stash confined to one room and to donate at least 12 items to charity. So I printed out a calender, and every time I finish an item, I put a cute little sticker on that day/date. This way I can keep track of how many items I make at the end of the year as well as destash! And every time I give an item to charity - I get to color in the whole square!!
Here is the calender with some of my stickers and the markers.




This is what was formerly known as my spare bedroom. It is now the yarn emporium. They multiply like rabbits!!!

This is the tower. All of the drawers (except the bottom one) is FULL to overflowing with yarn. Plus, you can see the boxes and baskets on top and to the side of the tower.
Drawer 1 is the various wool/wool blends drawer.
Drawer 2 is the cashmere/blends drawer.

Drawer 3 is the silk/silk blend drawer.
Drawer 4 is the cotton/whatnot drawer.
Drawer 5 is also a wool/wool blend drawer. Can you tell I like my natural fibers???
This is the overflow cooler (I ran out of boxes).

Yarn basket

The workstation (also formerly known as the couch - thank goodness we have 2!!)
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Large footstool storage
small footstool storage

These are my wip and (very) recently completed items!
Another cool mohawk hat
Blue silk skirt (crochet)
Pink/tan/creme sweater (almost complete - man, I love me some bulky yarn!)
And Kate's dress - finished tonight!!

Thanks and comments and whatnot always welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 12:05:41 AM »

Omg... Can I have some of that fabulous ...I mean.. evil, very evil stash yarn..?

Hehe, this is a great idea and I seriously hope you can do it! I bet you can. You gotta get that stuff under control, my friend! I love the charity idea, I'm doing the same thing except making blankets instead of clothes for animal shelters. Smiley let's hear it for us!

Keep with it and this will be a great year for yarn!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 12:18:33 AM »

Wooooooooooooooooow. *drools* You have so much amazing looking yarn! Have fun destashing!
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 12:25:07 AM »

MMMMMMMM yarn.......

Beautiful collection  Grin, have fun de-stashing!

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 06:29:46 AM »

I think I have the same problem too  Grin  The boyfriend says it's out of hand, but I love my yarn.  Good luck with the de-stashing.  I've been trying for about six months and to me it still looks the same, lol.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 06:30:30 AM »

oh wow, a knitters heaven!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2008 07:09:41 AM »

Wow! I don't see how anybody can have too much yarn, even if it contains a whole room and the couch  Cheesy Tongue
Like someone before me said; a knitters heaven. Have fun with your projects and don't force yourself too much. Knitting should be fun  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2008 08:51:03 AM »

I am coming shopping at your house!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008 11:58:20 AM »

Wow, and I thought my stash was bad...
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But way to go with getting organized!
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2008 02:46:46 PM »

Holy crap!! And my husband says I have too much yarn! You can bet I am going to show him this!! LOL Im jealous.  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2008 02:52:33 PM »

woah.  if you really need to get rid of some, you could send it over to me.   Grin   Tongue  Roll Eyes  not that i really need more yarn either...but i'm very impressed with your stash.  and by your goals to lessen it. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2008 06:55:21 PM »

I love the idea of the calender to meet goals (and who doesn't love some cute little stickers?!)  I also admire how organized you are (whether you realize it or not you are much more organized than say, oh me lol)  And your stash is so pretty lol.  I'm not any help but I find your goal to destash very admirable Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2008 10:53:02 PM »

I know it's been said before, but I would love to help you get through some of your stash. I just got a new dog from the pound and I want to donate some stuff to them, and maybe a little of my time. 

So, seriously, I would love to help you get through your stash.

I'm not kidding...
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2008 09:05:50 AM »

 Wink That's actually what I'm doing now....making mats for the dogs at our local Humane Society. I've got 1 almost done and am working on a 2nd......
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2008 02:39:16 PM »

I'm deeply envious of your stash. I'm getting stendhal syndrome just looking at it.  Shocked

maybe you don't need to craft with it. maybe you can send it to the poor souls who are always short of beautiful beautiful yarn.  Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2008 04:05:22 PM »

I LOVE looking at your pictures of yarn. Especially the couch and footstools. You have a beautiful "problem"  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2008 07:12:04 PM »

I need to show my mother these pictures.  She thinks my one large tupperware bin of wool is bad.  She has no idea how bad it could be.

Good luck!
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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2008 02:03:20 AM »

I too have this problem. My little secrets are hidden all over the house. I made a rule no more yarn or fabric till I used or gave away about half.

Yesterday I fell of the wagon. But is so red, warm and lovely.  Kiss

Oh well better get making.
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2008 10:18:34 PM »

Holy cow! I thought I had a yarn-hoarding problem! I must say, though, like everyone else... you have such an amazing collection of yarns! I am envious!
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2008 05:29:41 PM »

Seeing what you've done has made me want to organize my yarn.  Here I go. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2008 11:25:41 AM »

HOLY CRAP !
All I can say is, at least it's organized. Wink
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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2008 09:53:23 PM »

Uh... I have more yarn than that...  and I already gave a bunch away!

(Yay for ADHD meds, I'm finishing a lot more projects now though!)
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« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2008 08:34:28 AM »

Ten years ago I made a new rule for myself--no purchases of yarn or fabric until the previous yarn or fabric was used up. I gotta admit, it hasn't been an easy resolution to keep, but I've got my yarn down to one big clear plastic bin now and fabric down to just two shelves of storage. You have some beautiful yarn there, I can see how you got seduced by it into purchasing! Good luck!
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2008 09:18:48 AM »

i lovey the orangeyellow dress, is the increase to the skirt an increase in needle size?  and what stitch did you use for the edging?  or i guess, will you please post the pattern?
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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2008 09:59:48 AM »

 Cheesy I got the pattern free from blue sky alpacas.com. I saw it in the Vogue knitting 25th anniversary issue.
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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2008 11:25:38 PM »

Can you really have too much? I am not only envious of your stash but you have it pretty organized, compared to my own.
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i am droooooling over your yarn!!!
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