I’ve been part of the Stash Knit Down group on Ravelry since 2007.
Last year they began a Cold Sheep group whose goal was to not add to the yarn stash with purchases for however long the member designated for him/herself. The moderator of that group has been knitting from stash for 3 years now, with a few small exceptions. The first year considered joining, and did in fact participate for all of 2 months. I then swiftly fell off the wagon and decided this wasn’t for me, even though my stash is out of control.
This year I tried again, only to succumb to the call of Knitpicks and the Webs closeout deals. I had given myself two exceptions. The first, the Homespun Yarn Party, occured on the 21st of March. I got some good stuff, including some Sanguine Gryphon yarns and a skein of beautiful yellow Wool/Silk fingering weight from Ashton Studio Arts. My second exception is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show. I’m actually not too worried about this one, as I go there much more for the fiber than for any yarn that is on sale at the show.
I’ve decided to try again to go Cold Sheep, with some modification.
1. I will not buy any fingering weight yarns for socks until I have completely knit up my current stash. I’ve pre-funded my PayPal account to cover my Yarntini club subscription for the year, and am including that in my stash starting total.
2. I will not buy any lace weight yarns for shawls until I have completely knit up at least 75% of my stash. Stash does not include any cobweb weight yarns, or I would never accomplish this goal.
3. I will finish or frog all of my current UFOs by the end of 2010. Right now that stands at 15 projects, not including some that are long-term Shetland lace knitting or have not been started yet.
I have a spreadsheet of all of my projects with start and finish date, yarn, yardage, mileage, and how many skeins of yarn that project used. So far this year I have completed 8 projects totaling 14 skeins of yarn, 3900 yards, and 2.22 miles. I will be documenting my progress here on a monthly basis until this project is complete. I’m expecting it to take me at least 2 years to knit up all of my sock yarn. It may be even longer if I don’t manage to complete at least two pair per month.
I think this is a do-able challenge and can’t wait to start documenting it all.