i have a lot of stuff. some of it is important stuff; stuff that i use all the time, or stuff waiting for a specific project (most of the latter is yarn-related stuff). but i also have a lot of stuff that never gets used, and some stuff that i don't even want (some of this is also yarn-related stuff!). i'd like to have a less stuff-filled year; in that spirit i'll be doing several things:
- making an effort not to buy anything at all for the next three months, with a few notable exceptions. food & necessities are obviously exempt; there are also a couple of items that i've needed for a while (a pair of jeans, some pjs, and a good pair of walking boots) so if i happen to see these things in the january sales then i won't pass them up. but i will not be talked into buying more stuff i don't actually need just because it's on sale!
- organising the yarn-related stuff into projects, and actually knitting the things that i've been planning to knit (particularly the larger projects) instead of constantly getting distracted by newer, flashier yarn.
- making a huge effort to knit from my stash, to curb the excess yarn-related stuff. i'm re-jigging the rules to suit my needs as suggested, so my rules will be as follows (& to paraphrase pirates of the caribbean, "they're really more like guidelines anyways").
a. swaps are ok; if i can trade yarn or other knitting ephemera that i won't use for something i will use, that's great. any swaps, however, will aim to decrease the stash rather than increase it (for example, swapping several skeins of a less expensive wool for a nice skein of sock yarn).
b. fibre is exempt, mainly because i'm trying to start a (tiny) business selling handspun, and my fibre stores aren't vast enough to supply handspun for sale on demand unless i keep restocking. likewise, dyeing supplies are exempt.
c. sock yarn will also be exempt, but only on a two-skeins-out, one-skein-in basis (that is to say, i have to use up two skeins from my sock yarn stash before i can buy one skein).
d. i am allowed to receive gifts of yarn.
e. & i am allowed to fall off the wagon once (but only if i spot something that is just too incredible to pass up, like a big bag o' cashmere for a fiver - wishful thinking, eh? it could happen, you never know...)
f. i will knit from my stash from 1st january 2007 until the end of june 2007, or until my stash becomes so depleted that i can fit it into one plastic tub, whichever comes first (this may depend on how much knitting time i have & how fast i can knit - i don't want to run out of yarn completely, do i?). as a reference, my yarn stash currently occupies one small & two large plastic tubs, plus two vintage train/vanity cases full of sock yarn - i think six months is a good estimate for how long it will take to get through all that!
rowanspun dk, in "goblin" and "thor"; eleven skeins of each, for a katrina rib sweater for me (modified to have long sleeves) and a seamless hybrid sweater for the RSA (a la brooklyntweed's gorgeous version). time to start clearing out some of the other stuff!