Mary Oliver

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with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Stash or Burn Challenge: 2013

The Stash and Burn podcast is doing a 13 in 2013 stash challenge, so I jumped on the bandwagon. After sorting, photographing, and bagging my "must knit" yarn, I found I have twenty two single or two skein projects' worth of yarn, plus two sweater's worth of yarn that I wouldn't want to part with. I find that I'm kind of overwhelmed by this. I mean this isn't even taking into account all of the "meh" yarn I have left over, or the yarn still in the garage freezer, or the many projects already languishing on the needles, in some sort of project limbo. This is the best of the stash. Oh. My. Of course this means that instead of knitting today, I've been stuck in a purgatory of crafty nothingness. Frozen by my acquisitiveness. Greediness, even.

Later in the day.

Okay, I've calmed down a bit, gave some yarn away, had a Coke and some Rice Krispie Treats (holiday sugar, anyone?) finished a mitten and a cowl, and I'm feeling better.

First is the mitten, using Tin Can Knits pattern, Bon Bon Mittens, and Green Mountain Spinnery's Wonderfully Wooly, in Pine Warbler. A bit greener than this pic shows. Bought this yarn on spring break. In April. Interesting purl stitch palms on this pattern, but if I make another pair, I'll use the more traditional stockinette palm.

And another Tin Can Knits pattern, False Creek, using a skein of Quince & Co. Puffin, in Frank's Plum. Quick knit!


Here's the plan:

I'm going to use these two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky to make Gale Zucker's Decibella Cowl. Bought the pattern right after she posted it, and the yarn on my playing hooky day before Christmas.

For this pair of Baby Alpaca Grande Glow skeins, I'm using PurlBee's pattern, Fluted Cowl. I think I bought this yarn in November.

For the second skein of Puffin, I'm going to make the Snow Cowl from tentenknits. I've had this yarn since last Christmas.

I'm going to use the eight skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino that Meredith gave me to make Tidal, from Breezy Blues.

I have quite a lot of other beautiful yarns, but I'll decide what to make as I get to them. For now, these projects will do to get me started, don't you think?



  1. Good luck with your Stash and Burn. After almost two years of my own challenge, I could still knit exclusively from my stash - many of which are 'meh' yarns that for some reason (greed probably) I can't quite quit. But after the first 'pledge' year, I allowed some new buys to come home. Perhaps it was too soon but I got so bored with all the little things I had to knit. I'm sure I'll never, ever completely knit up my stash. A why didn't I think of that? Really good idea.

  2. Stash and Burn, no way am I joining because that would make me have to take a really good look at what I have, not going there!
    Good luck,

  3. You have me thinking about joining. You will have lots of fun using up those wonderful yarns!

  4. Those are great projects. I really like that scarf.