I'm only working a few mornings a week right now, so I've been trying to walk every day for at least 30 minutes when I get home. I put on the headphones, fire up the ipod and off I go. Yesterday's listening selection was the first episode of the Stash and Burn podcast. With all the talk on the blogs about stash reduction, these women have begun podcasting about their attempts to get their stash under control. I found it seriously motivational. So much so it was tough to stay out walking for the full 30 minutes. I had to restrain myself from taking a shortcut through the neighbours yard to get home and dig out all my yarn. My pace quickened and as soon as I walked in the door, I dove right in.
I rounded up every scrap of yarn and WIP that I could find and dumped it out in our patio room. We're in the middle of a painting project and the painter won't be back until Saturday, so I had 200 square feet to spread it all out and begin evaluating. I am not a huge yarn stasher. I only buy yarn with a project in mind and I try not to let anything linger if I'm not using it. Have you listened to the Pointy Sticks podcast where Christine and Staci have a chat? It seems Staci and I have similar nonstashing ideals. If I buy something and it sits in the yarn bin at home for more than a few months, the guilt starts to build. Earlier this week I'd purged and donated a big bag of acrylic and kitchen cotton, but I knew there were a few other skeins that could go. (Judging by what I pulled out to go, I think I'm done knitting with pink. Bring on the green!)
So this is it*. This is all the yarn I've got. I divided it into two plastic filing bins, Active Yarn and Stash Yarn. The Active bin is all the yarn for projects currently on the needles, the Stash bin is, well, stash. Duh. I feel infinitely lighter for getting it all in one place and documenting it all. I have no guilt about anything that I've kept. If you're interested in what each yarn is and what the slated project might be, I'm putting notes on it all over on Flickr. Probably a good thing that I got all this done before the first Rockin’ Sock Club shipment arrives, eh?
Later this week: the WIP pile and the RIP pile.