I know I am not the only one who sits in a house full of yarn, then goes to the store and buys still more yarn all the time. My kids roll their eyes at me when I buy more: ”You have so much at home already,” they say. “Yarn is taking over our house,” they say.

They are exaggerating–I have a system to organize my supplies and there is no yarn in the kitchen, bathrooms or their bedrooms, for instance–but they may be partially right.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ever want to be without a stash. I frequently discover a need in my life (glasses case, fingerless gloves, a project that I just HAVE to start) and go to my stash to get the yarn to fill this need. I need to have some yarn available for this sort of thing. However, I have been noticing lately that I have so much that I would like to use that I haven’t gotten around to yet. Also, it is back to school time, which means lots of other expenses cutting into my yarn budget (like I am organized enough to have a yarn budget…rather than just buying a bunch of yarn when I can no longer resist!), so I am doing a de-stashing challenge.

De-stashing has two aspects in my crochet world–using up some of the yarn, and finishing some of the many works in progress. I always have a lot of projects going at once, and like my stash of yarn, I have no interest in reducing that list of projects down to 1 or 2 at a time. I actually get more done when I have multiple projects going. I like to switch off when I get bored with a given project–I can move to another project or just stop altogether, so it works out to more crocheting getting done. However, I have some projects that have been waiting to be completed for quite a long time, and I think it is time to get back to them.

So, here are my goals:

  • Don’t buy yarn (unless it is to finish an in-progress project) until September

  • Complete at least two long-term projects before the end of the year

I know these don’t seem like very ambitious goals, but I want to set some goals that I have a chance of reaching! Plus, I have not bought any yarn for nearly a month already, so that is a fairly long time to go. I crochet a lot, too, so I can do some damage to my stash in a month–I am already noticing a small depletion from my short bit of restraint since the first week of July.

Also, Christmas is coming up, and I have a lot of Christmas crochet crafts, so I don’t want to commit to too many projects for me. That is why a lot of these projects have been languishing–they have been put aside in favor of gifts for other people.

Here are some of the projects I have crying out to be finished:

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1. Lancaster Quilt – I love this pattern, and it seems to be going well, but it is time-consuming and other projects have taken precedence.

2. Ribbon blanket – This was originally going to be for my cousin for Christmas last year, but I loved it so much, and she wanted something purple anyway, so I made her this v-stitch blanket instead and kept the ribbon blanket for me.

3. Light Purple Shrug – This was supposed to be a test, doing one for me then one for my daughter; it was put aside when I realized I had made several errors at the end of rows, resulting in a non-squared shrug that would need to be ripped out and done again.

4. White Lapghan – This was the first blanket I started; I liked it a lot, but I ran out of the white yarn I was using, and it took me a while to find an acceptable replacement (the yarn I was using came from my aunt, and I could not find the same brand).

5. Summer Flower Baby Throw – This was another early project; I made all the squares, but I could not figure out a good way to join them. If I do this pattern again, I will join as I go.

6. Vintage Vertical Stripe – This one is so huge, it takes forever to make some progress! I started it Spring break of 2012, then I had to put it aside during summer because it was too hot to work on. I didn’t pick it up again until after Christmas, and I made a lot of progress, but it still had some rows to go when it got too hot to wrestle with such a big blanket.

This isn’t all of my wips, but some of them are gifts I don’t want to post. I think there is a good chance I will finish those, though–these are my challenge projects!

I don’t think I need to do any planning for the yarn de-stashing. If I can refrain from adding to my stash over the next month, I should be able to make a dent there, because I will definitely be using lots of yarn.

Anyone else working on de-stashing yarn or wips?


3 responses »

  1. I honestly did not realize how much yarn I was hoarding until I was unpacking my craft room this weekend… And oh my goodness, so many unfinished projects! I think I am going to follow in your goal footsteps.

    • It is so easy to build up more yarn than you think you have, isn’t it? I am so glad to hear others do this–my closest local crocheting friend is the sort who does one project until it is done before starting another.

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