Last year about a gazillion knitters joined Knit From Your Stash 07. Some succeeded, some not so much.
Personally I stuck to the rules almost completely - but - the damn stash still grew ... a lot ...because The Rules had a little too much leeway in them.
Sock Yarn didn't count
Dyeing supplies didn't count [ this one could be used to justify purchase of any amount of white or natural cream wool, cotton or bamboo ]
yarn needed for a specific present that you didn't already have ... did not count
spinning supplies ... repeat after me ... did not count
gifted yarn did not count
Can you see where I'm heading with this?
Yes. I thought that you might...
and the biggy ? my number one Achille's heel ? the major flaw in the plan ?
anything on sale in the magic playroom of special discounts at Bendigo Woollen Mills
DID NOT COUNT
sad isn't it?
Of all of the stuff that I knit last year, only the Louisa Harding Kimono Pure Angora for Auntie Fay's scarf - and okay, yeah, the second one that I made for myself - was non stash, but I pretty much took The Rules and used them to justify some fairly massive spends at Bendy.
So I've decided not to set any arbitrary rules for myself but to try and practice 'mindful' yarn acquisition.
No promises. No resolutions. We'll just see how the stash goes... and all bets are off for the Sheep and Wool Show in July.
With that in mind, I've joined the 'Stash Knit Down 2008' Forum [ fairly self explanatory ] over on Ravelry.
The first challenge was to knit or crochet 1 mile or 1609 metres between January 5 and the 20th of Feb from stashed yarn.
Thanks to having to redo 670 metres of my Sweetie Pie Cami, plus crochet's propensity for eating up about a third more yarn than the equivalent amount of knitting, plus the fact that I'm a rather umm 'generous' size and that I made it longer and added the afterthought sleeves, my finished cami took a whopping 1620 odd metres.
So herewith my first official finished object of '08Started jan 5
finished today jan 17
one whole mile of thin thread [ BWM 4 ply/ fingering cotton on a 3.5mm hook ]
can I get a w00t ?
oh and this? this is what it looks like when the ball of cotton runs out with about 4" of thread needed to finish.
Just as well I had more of the yarn but still ... damn damn and double damn
and I'll tell you about the snake tomorrow okay?