Thursday 27 December 2012

A New Challenge to Myself

This last year my stash has got beyond a joke.  I think it is because I haven't been well enough to get out much.  When you are stuck staring at a computer you end up browsing around interesting yarn stores and you end up buying pretty things.  Firstly, because they are pretty, and secondly because you aren't spending money on leaving the house so you can justify the money being spent on pretty yarns.

I don't regret buying any of the yarn I have bought this year.  It is ALL without question beautiful stuff.  I have great taste in yarn, if I say so myself.  Just look at my 2012 Yarn set on Flickr, embedded below, if you don't believe me!

Well, maybe the Red Heart isn't gorgeous, but it is useful.  The trouble is when you add it to my stash purchases over the last few years, it is getting WAY out of hand.  I have 12 boxes and a LARGE suitcase full of pretty yarn.  It all needs to be used because it is so pretty.

So, on 1st January 2013 I am going to my very first box and I am going to randomly (without looking) pull out a plastic bag containing yarn.  All my yarn is stored inside plastic bags so I won't be tempted into taking yarn I recognise from the feel of it.  I am going to take that random yarn and make something with it.  I am going to search my magazines, books and Ravelry and I'm going find something that shows off my chosen yarn.

When I have finished that project I will move onto box number 2 and do the same thing until I have used up a yarn from each box.  Sometimes I will only use one skein of lace, other times I might find 20 skeins of bulky yarn.

I'm not setting myself any sort of challenge other than that.  I'm not stopping myself from buying yarn.  I'm not saying I can't make things from yarn that is stashed in a box I've already visited, or that I can't work on more than one project at a time.  I am just saying to myself - it's time to make use of the lovely yarn I have.  In an ideal world I would use yarn from each of my 13 stash containers during the course of 2013, but I'm not even going to set that as a challenge.  I want this to be achievable and fun and a way to explore my stash again.  I'm hoping it will churn up some gems that I had forgotten about and encourage me to shop my stash first before splashing out on yarn for a new project.

I will label the posts I write about this Challenge To Myself as CTM so I can keep track of the yarn I choose and when the project is finished.  I think it could be an interesting experiment, whether it works, or not!  I hope I can achieve my goal of using something from each container before giving up.  I don't care if it takes 6 months or 24, I just want to achieve it.


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