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Thoughts on yarn shopping

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

A week ago, I complained here how disappointed I was about my yarn stash being so big even after consciously destashing for a year.


So I have been thinking about my yarns and fabric stash. And I am a little calmer and came to realize that my stash has very little to do with knitting or sewing plans, and more to do with inspiration.

When I look at yarns or fabric, I get excited over the texture, the colors, and the possibilities. When I look and touch wool suiting fabric, I dream about making my husband a custom tailored suit. When I look at handdyed merino yarn, I think about wrapping myself in a cozy warm sweater.  

I have come to accept the fact that as long as I knit and sew, I will always have a stash. Because a creative person should not be afraid to invest in his or her source of inspiration. I don't just craft. Things that are made by me represent who I am and what I dream of.  

So. What do I have this week to represent my dreams: 

I have a Playful Stripes cardigan I am knitting for Logan, in Oink Pigment yarns that I purchased at Yarnosphere 2 weeks ago.  

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 


And I have been becoming more interested in knitting dolls and softies lately and cast on for a Baby Doll by Susan B. Anderson in the Itty-bitty Toys book. I am making it a gender neutral doll, without the dress and am thinking of making something matchy matchy for Logan. 

I am also working on an old WIP project, Cameo by Wendy Bernard. The original design is a cropped cardigan with short sleeves but I have lengthened the body and will be making the sleeves long as well with shaping.  

And I have an FO! I finally re-knitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater which is drying on the rack right now. I re-installed the zipper as well because Marty complained that the zipper end keeps poking his neck. The mornings and nights here have been absolutely sweater worthy so I will try and get some action shots next week. 

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

What hoarding problem?

#DestashChallenge, Destash ChallengeJean ChungComment

We knitters have a euphemism for our hoarding issue. We call that our "Stash." 


As if we are going to hibernate one day and need to stash all our yarns for the hibernating season.

Last weekend at Yarnosphere, I accumulated a lot of new yarns. And with holiday season coming up, I was on other yarn store websites, looking at yarns on sale. And then I got curious how my last year's serious effort to destash has worked out. 

So today, I went to pull out all the yarns from every corners of the house.

And I was fully disappointed.

Last year, when I decided to destash, I started with 3 plastic bins. When I gathered all the yarns, I had to get an additional bin. And the 3 bins I started out with last year? were still full. At least last year, the sock yarn bin was half empty. This year it's FULL!

And I found so many WIPs. Those alone filled the biggest basket I had in the house..  Unbelievable.

Remedy: Similar to the destash challenge I did last year, I decided to finish at least 1 WIP before casting on for a new one. I have 2 baskets: 1 full of WIPs, 1 full of bags with yarns and patterns I matched up with the yarns. When I'm done with one project from the WIPs basket, I will cast on from the other basket.

Fortunately, the WIPs I have are mainly from last winter, so they'll be weather appropriate once I am finished. I have a lot of baby knits on my mind right now, so wanting to knit for Logan will keep me on task (hopefully)!!!