Hasta La Vista, Baby

There is no more room. I mean none. nothing. nada…I don’t really remember how it happened, but somehow my personal yarn and fiber stash is now overflowing it’s allotted space.

I wasn’t too worried – I mean, really, any collection worth it’s salt is supposed to grow, right? And you could look at it as research for the business (which is how I spin it to my husband – this seems to calm him down when the enormity of the ‘research materials’ frighten him). But, this growth is a tad excessive – I’m using the term ‘tad’ rather loosely, in the same way you might say the Plague killed a tad of the population.

So my ever-supportive husband put yet another storage case together to house the yarn and fiber which no longer fit into either the stash room or the other storage cases in our sitting room. The idea is that we would then be able to walk across the bedroom without having to navigate around multiple (think 18 here) large baskets/boxes/bowls of the currently homeless stash research materials.

I spent an afternoon organizing everything and filling up the bins in the storage case…by 4:00 I came to the realization that there was no way it was all going to fit. Don’t get me wrong – it holds A LOT of yarn and fiber – these (now empty) baskets were full prior to the storage case.

But with the storage case loaded, there still is this

and this

and this

and this

These are what is left after the the remainder of the stash is organized into bins in the storage room or the dual storage cases in the master bedroom. Something has to give…there are no more walls to put up storage cases. My yarn and fiber collection is over-weight. It needs to be pared down. No mercy. So, I’ve decided what it needs is some tough love. It needs to go on a diet.

So, I’ve decided to lose 20 pounds of stash by the beginning of festival season (Mid-April). I know it sounds like a big number (and it is), but that includes finishing off existing projects (at least 2 projects are sweaters so I can likely count on them for around 4 pounds combined). Models for Fiber Optic counts, as does Christmas presents, as does non-knit items, like woven or crochet items. Pretty much anyknitting/weaving/whatever that results in a finished item and gets the yarn/fiber out of my storage bins counts. Even so, I know it’s a bit of a ‘stretch goal’ – I’ll be happy if we can simply fit all the yarn and fiber into the storage cases – we’ll see how this shapes up by April! I’ll try and keep a running tally at the end of each post of how much stash is ‘outta here’. Wish me luck!

11-24-12 Talley: 0 pounds 0 ounces Fiber/Yarn lost on the stash diet!

3 Responses to “Hasta La Vista, Baby”

  1. Iza says:

    Good luck! I started cleaning my craft room and realized I have at least a half-dozen sweaters’ worth of yarn. The patterns are all picked out out and everything! I just have to knit them.

    I’m of the opinion that stash is like tribbles. They breed rampantly.

  2. Kimber says:

    I’m a proponent of the theory of spontaneous fiber generation myself.

  3. Mel says:

    The ultimate question is can she tame the stash without replenishing it!? There is always that habit of “oh this would make a pretty ______ (fill in the blank) for ______ (fill in the blank)”. It will take many friendly and encouraging words to keep Kimber on track to rid her room of the spontaneously generating fiber that is Kimber’s life. I will continue to encourage you to make new things for gifts. (Hint I could use a nice warm pair of mittens in one of my favorite colors, you know what they are.) 😉