My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Magic Socks

The Magic Socks are done. Alert the media.

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I knit these toe up, as per usual and used almost every last inch of the yarn. I didn’t want to waste any handspun, you know.

I’ll be starting another pair of socks asap. I’m thinking another pair of Whiskers and Paw Prints socks, but this time I’ll do ‘em toe-up. You know, just for grins.

I’ve got the yarn picked out.

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This is Scarlet Fleece It’s Tubular 2X! sock yarn in the “Olives” colorway. It’s a 100 gram skein with 480 yards, and is 80% wool/20% nylon. It’s hand-dyed by the very talented Kathy Oliver of Holly Spring Homespun.

Note: In next Tuesday’s Heifer Project raffle, we’re giving away three gorgeous skeins of this yarn, in three different colorways, that Kathy generously donated. Just sayin’. icon wink Magic Socks

Continuing in the theme of “all Holly Spring Homespun yarn all the time” I am continuing work on my Mountain Stream scarf, knit in the cashmere from Holly Spring.

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This is such a fun knit. Once you get past the initial construction of the bottom border and the corners, it’s pretty easy for the body of the scarf — just enough stuff to keep me entertained.

I’m really liking the cashmere I’m using for this scarf — I think it’s going to make a lovely scarf.

Which brings me to a question from the comments:

LizKnits asked:

Do you have any suggestions for selecting substitute yarns — both with regards to the thickness (sport versus fingerling) and the material? I’m wondering if there are any guidelines out there about what the impact is of switching from 100% wool to a blend or to something totally different like bamboo, for example, with regards to the drape of the material, etc.

Is it a matter of swatch and see?

In many cases it is a matter of swatch and see.

In the case of this scarf — the original was knit from Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is a mohair silk blend, which is very fine and fuzzy. I’m knitting mine from a smooth cashmere 2-ply, so I know my resulting scarf is going to be slightly larger and look different. I didn’t bother to swatch in this case. I’ve knitted lace from fingering weight cashmere before and know what to expect.

In the case of lace, I substitute wildly and freely. I keep in the back of my mind the thought that I only want to knit lace from a fiber that I can block and have a reasonable expectation of it keeping its shape. I wouldn’t, for example, knit a lace shawl from an acrylic or cotton yarn.

For sweaters, I’m a but more cautious, and I try to sub yarns that have the same general properties as the yarn specified in a pattern. If I’m knitting a cabled sweater, I want to be sure and use a yarn that has the proper stitch definition, so that the cables will “pop.”

This was a huge problem for me in my early knitting years. I’d substitute any old thing that would (well, sometimes) knit to the same gauge, but the yarn would be all wrong for the project in other ways and I’d end up disappointed. When I was a teenager, I really cranked out some monstrosities.

Knit From Your Stash 2007!

A few days ago, L-B mentioned to me that she was thinking about attempting to knit from her stash exclusively in 2007. I, of course, laughed at her initially, but started thinking that attempting to knit from my stash exclusively was not a bad idea. Both L-B and I have stashes of epic proportions. L-B had suggested a period of 9 months of knitting from the stash, so that we could go to Stitches East next October and buy yarn there.

So, in a phone call this morning, we sketched out some guidelines.

Knit From Your Stash 2007

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 — a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. We each get one “Get Out of Jail Free” card — we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

So. I have put it in writing. I’ve got yarn for a number of very alluring projects in stash, and I am hoping to actually get to most of those projects next year. We’ll see how I do.

And anyone else who would like to join us in this is welcome to do so!

Lucy sez:

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I’m still holding out hope that I’ll get my baby chicks! Maybe Santa is going to bring them.

Comments

  1. I am going to try to go a year without buying fabric. Given the size of my fabric stash, this should be easy. I sew clothing, costumes, and quilt. I haven’t bought fabric for 3 months already, so I’m doing well. Yarn on the other hand… well, I bought some sock yarn. And some string for lucet. But I’m not counting that!

  2. I opened my Lucy calendar today (time to fill in January 2007) and immediately decided that my favorite Lucy photo is the one under the lamp. My kitty Puma als likes to sit under lamps. Puma prefers however to sit in the sink. Don’t worry, Lucy, I sent baby chicks to everyone I know. I’m sure you’ll get yours soon!

  3. Quite a new year’s resolution, the Knit From Your Stash 2007! My husband has given up saying anything, but every time my 8-year-old daughter sees more yarn enter the house, she says: “Mom, don’t you already have enough yarn for the rest of your life? Or at least till I’m out of high school?” I threaten her with no more knitted gifts, which temporarily shuts the commentary down.

    I think my resolution is going to have to be to tame and organize my stash; then I can actually use it!
    Maybe I’ll be ready for Stash 2008; or maybe I just lack the willpower. . .
    Good luck!

    And good luck to Lucy, too; you never know! Our cat Citrus has discovered a cheeping electronic chick that somehow escaped from last spring’s Easter basket. Seems to be sturdy/cat-proof; he periodically drags it out from under the couch at which point it cheeps and makes me jump.

  4. I am completey in favor of the Stash-a-thon!! Except for the yarn for the Eunny Jang sweater in the current Interweave knits. I have to buy that in January. The best part is, most of my stash is fleece and therefore exempt.

    I have a question – how are you creating the lovely stripes in the magic socks and the forest shawl? Are you navajo plying? Are you splitting the roving in 1/2 and spinning 2 bobbins in the same order and making a 2 ply? Curious spinner wants to know!

  5. Been thinking about knitting down the stash for a while, I might have to join you and L-B. Might have to stock up before January one (heh). I might have already picked my fall off the wagon date…Uniquities in Vienna gives a B-day discount percentage that is half your age. While I am not committing, I am expressing serious interest.

  6. I will be joining you on the Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon… but with a few changes. For example, I don’t have quite the love affair with sock yarn as you do, nor do I spin. However, I will allow myself to buy yarn for anything I need to knit for my wedding next October. I, Valerie, hereby solemnly swear….

    I’m also printing out a copy and taking it home to my mom who is without Internet access. Hopefully she will also join us.

    A question about item 3: Is it cheating if you and L-B go yarn shopping together, and she buys yarn to “gift” to you and you buy yarn to “gift” to her? Just wondering!

  7. Sign me up! I appreciate the lack of restrictions on sock yarn or spinning fiber. The yarn necessary for knitting gifts comes up often for me, too. You and L-B have come up with something very helpful. Every time I attempt a “yarn diet”, I’m good for a while and then kinda accidently forget I was on one, hmmm, sort of like a regular diet.

  8. I so want to do a Stash-A-Long! Especially since sock yarn and fiber doesn’t count.

  9. I’m pretty sure that all my knitting falls in the exceptions catagory:
    2.a. I love to knit socks
    2.b. I love to knit gifts
    2.c. I seem to almost run out alot
    2.d. I fall off the wagon on other projects too
    3. I receive gifts of yarn anyway
    4. And I spin!!

  10. Ah, I see your plan. You buy yarn for L-B and she buys yarn for you. But I won’t tell you secret;-)

  11. Okay, when I read item #1, I thought “I’ll have to stop reading Wendy’s blog. I had no idea she was so extraordinarily insane, and I can no longer look to her as a valid role model if she won’t buy yarn in great quantities.” But if you’re willing to not count sock yarn, I think I might just be able to support you – and maybe even join in. (And since there’s the gift caveat, I can just make the Man buy all the yarn I need and wrap it up. Right?)

    I can not WAIT to see the photo of your lone fall off of the wagon. That is going to be stash enhancement of epic proportion. (Anything worth doing is worth doing right.)

  12. I’m definitely joining in this! I’ve only knit one complete pair of socks so far (and not yet braved blocking them), so this will be the perfect excuse. Especially since I love knitting on dpns. And everything I knit is gifts anyway! Easy peasy. :D

  13. You must have been reading my mind. Today I was t hinking about issueing a challenge to my yahoo group about this. I was thinking that we would need to complete two UFOs and knit three items from stash before we were allowed to buy anything! I thought that was pretty lenient…I mean you could probably accomplish that in two weeks! LOL

  14. Yes! I’m in! I am amazed how my stash has grown over the last year especially with kits. Can I spend the Elann gift certificates I am getting for Xmas first?

    Ricki

  15. Love the Magic Socks! You get the best colorways! I’m completely envious. As to the Knit-from-your-stash-a-thon (wow say that 10 times fast) I’d fall off the wagon instantly, so I support your efforts whole-heartedly, but I know my limits!

  16. I think I may join the Knit from Your Stashathon. Especially since it has so many exceptions! After all, sock yarn can be used for items other than socks! Nice friends will “gift” yarn. And there are still quite a few shopping days left in 2006 in which to stock up!!!

  17. Sign me up–I was just talking about doing something like this with a friend of mine today. I appreciate the sock yarn and spinning fiber exemptions–but since that’s pretty much all I buy, that’s a problem. I just need to buckle down and use all the beautiful stuff I have in my stash and stop shopping online–these internets are dangerous!

    Nice socks–I love the way the coloring came out.

    Holiday hugs to Lucy (and you, too, of course).

  18. Hey, that sounds like great idea. One of my friends did that last year, for only about 6 mos though. She said she actually did reduce her stash by an appreciable amount. I’m thinking seriously of join you on that, however, Stitches West is in February! =/ Hmm, maybe I can start after Feb…

    BTW – the socks look great.

  19. Hey, that sounds like great idea. One of my friends did that last year, for only about 6 mos though. She said she actually did reduce her stash by an appreciable amount. I’m thinking seriously of join you on that, however, Stitches West is in February! =/ Hmm, maybe I can start after Feb…

    BTW – the socks look great.

  20. I’m joining in Stashathon – and I agree with a previous commenter, I could do the same with fabric! What a wonderful wonderful New Year’s Resolution, too. I’m really looking forward to this. It will stretch my boundries, as I have quite a bit of yarn that was given to me that I know nothing about and have no idea what to do with.

    Oh dear. How do knitting BOOKS fit in to the Stashathon rules?!?

  21. I knit my first pair of toe-up socks from your pattern last weekend. I wanted a new challenge and I was flying to California. Socks were the perfect take along project and I slipped your book in my bag just in case.

    My socks look great, they fit well, and I had a blast reading your book.

  22. So how much yarn are you buying between now and the end of the year? ;}

  23. So how much yarn are you buying between now and the end of the year? ;}

  24. Hahahahahahahahahaha! Good thing sock yarn is exempt.

  25. God help me but I am going to try to join in on the knit from your stash bandwagon. . . .

    It’s going to be a long (but fulfilling) 9 months. . . .

    just sayin’

  26. Sounds good to me! Awww Lucy!

  27. I’d join you, but since I just took my knitting back up again, I am sadly stash-deprived. I can *see* the end of my stash and will probably run through it by mid-January.

    Perhaps my goal should be to build up my stash this year? :)

  28. I’m awfully glad that sock yarn is exempt, too. Just sayin’. :-)

  29. hmmm Stitches west is not that far away. both in time and miles. and my stash thanks to the cats is not that big anymore. Dashi shredded my Donegal tweed that i was saving for the Kells cardi (guess what i can salvage of it is going into felt projects)and all the beds i have made for them (no not spoiled they no longer have the velvet drapes around the litter box) so other than what i get at stitches i will go on a yarn diet*sniff* I still have the camel yarn i was going to try lace work with when i got up the courage… and i can work on purrfecting my cat bed pattern for plus size kitties for some reason a momma cat that came up to my knee decided to leave her son with me…. hey books were not mentioned can they still be bought???
    –Siouxz
    Hey Lucy, try to get your mom to get you one of those microwaveable heat disc. my mom puts them under my bed and it stays warm for hours, even longer when she puts it under the down comforter-kitty kisses Isolde

  30. Sign me up for the Stash-a-Thon, but Stitches Mid-West which is only about 100 miles from me is in August, and that is totally exempt from the Stash-a-Thon. On the other hand, I have enough yarn for 30+ pairs of socks, so I will be sticking to the Stash-A-Thon for Socks also. Please advise about knitting books….

  31. You know, I’d been thinking about doing a no-buying-yarn-at-all-in-2008 thing.

    What the heck was I thinking?

    I’ll join in. All the Koigu I want AND it doesn’t count? Awesome! Hee.

  32. Hmmmm…January 1st is still 17 days away. You can still buy nine months’ worth of yarn in 17 days…

  33. I think the 2007 Knitting from Stash is a great idea-I would love to give it a try-esp. since I have 17 days until January 1st to “organize” the stash-yes, organize is the word I am using… :)

  34. becky clark says:

    I knitted from my stash EXCLUSIVELY last year from Jan 1 to my birthday in late April, when I planned a big yarn splurge. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but I was disappointed to find that my stash did not seem to diminish in size. Didn’t even put a dent in it! I think Knitting from Stash 2007-2017 might do it, but it’s not gonna happen!!

  35. Wendy, I’m doing this on my own anyway, so I’ll be stashin’ along right with you! After my trip to NY, I have enough Alchemy Haiku to knit several things now, so I’m sated. ;)

  36. I promised a month ago I would only knit from my stash for 12 months; so count me in please!

    I have also banned the purchase of clothes, shoes, books, and magazines.

  37. ha, there are way too many exceptions! If you get really desperate you can just buy yarn for each other! Or spin yourself some with fibre you just purchased! :P

    That said, there’s no way I’d sign up for a knit-from-your-stash-athon so good on you!

  38. Amen to sock yarn being exempt!!!!

  39. What a great idea! Knit from your stash in 2007. I hope all the Lincoln, Nebraska knitters are listening because I am ready to take “the pledge.”

  40. Ooh, what a challenge. I like it. I especially like that sock yarn is exempt. Can I use my get out of jail free card for a festival or only one item? MDS&W is in May! Right practically on my birthday and one town over. Hmmm, I had better run over to Little Knits and see if there are any full bag sales going on…

  41. What a great idea! With all the yarn I should be getting for my birthday and Christmas (plus birthday money), I should have enough to keep me busy through September. But my one exception will be the big Firecracker sale my LYS holds every July.

  42. Since the Stash-a-thon doesn’t start until January 1, that means we can spend the next two weeks buying, buying, buying–right?

    Sue

  43. That sounds like Bess Haile’s “Year of No Fiber”: http://likethequeen.blogspot.com/2006/01/stagnant-stash-solution-each-january.html. It’s been 11½ months and she’s still faithful to her oath. I admire that — not sure I could go to MS&W (or any fiber festival) and not buy yarn!

  44. Wow… I wish I had the will power to even contemplate knitting only from my stash for any pre-set amount of time. I have yarn for sufficient projects to keep me busy (since I’m not a particularly fast knitter). Actually, I have enough projects already on the needles to keep me busy for months if I just stuck to them.

    Maybe I could do it if I gave up reading blogs, and looking at new issues of the knit magazines and online knitting sites. But then again, where would be the fun in that?

  45. I think I just heard the earth rumble as the result of 1000s of local yarn shop owners clutching their collective chests. I suppose I’ll try to take up some of the slack and continue to buy yarn in 2007. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it … ;-)

  46. Wow… If you can do it, more power to you! Are you planning on using your “get out of jail free” card to go to Maryland Sheep & Wool? ;)

  47. I’m in! My fall-off-the-wagon, like others’, is going to be Stitches West, but to make up for it, I’ll extend to the end of the year. And I am now resolving not to fly across the country for Rhinebeck or Maryland Sheep & Wool. Those can wait another year!

    I’m off to buy more yarn…two weeks to go, part of them in yarn country, southern hemisphere (Argentina).

  48. I REALLY need to join :) Sounds like a great plan!!

  49. Count me in the Stash Along club! My stash isn’t even ridiculously large (how much yarn can a person collect in 2 years, when she’s knitting full speed ahead?) but there are so many projects I bought yarn for and then put on hold in favor of the “new” thing on my mind.
    Plus, it would be a great way to convince the husband that I need to go to a big fiber festival next fall!
    Let’s do it!

  50. I was recently thinking about this too. However, it’s really really hard for me since I work in a yarn shop and I get a good discount! I think I will substitute the Sock Yarn is exempt rule (because I have tons of sock yarn, enough to knit 30+ pairs of socks like one of your previous commenters) and add in a rule that says “2a.Yarn that is in the sale bin at work is exempt” I’ll have to use my Get out of Jail Free card for our annual winter sale too because we get an even better discount during that.

    One of the things that makes me want to buy yarn is surfing the knitting blogs and seeing what everyone is knitting up, so I’ll just have to content myself with getting the pattern or finding something in the stash to use instead.

  51. Great idea – but tough. Really tough. I’ll think it over.

    I’ve just seen that someone has purchased your book for me off my Amazon wish list. I’ve no idea who but I’m thrilled :0) My husband thinks checking out purchased items on the wishlist spoils Christmas but as they’re all things I really want, I think it just adds to the anticipation !

  52. i’ll be watching you from the sidelines.. the moment I even think about not buying yarn for a month, I get a bit twitchy and even red heart acrylic starts to tempt me. I am really,really bad but I admire your fortitude.

  53. What a great and radical idea! I especially like the part where sock yarn is exempt; after all, we don’t want anyone to be barefoot out there. Count me in, some of that stash of mine is reaching antique status!

    Jan

  54. I’m in!

  55. Hmm! Been thinking about stash reduction since last June! My stash is relatively new, a wee three years old, but has blossomed exponently over this time. I just got into the sock craze when I learned to hand dye self striping sock yarn. Such fun! Most of my knitting in 2006 were gifts for family members and BABIES. An explosion of pregnancies in the school I teach in.
    My downfall will be my LYS, who routinely run wonderful workshops on projects that have expanded my knowledge of knitting. Soooo… my added exception might include that special workshop that offers me a learning experience in knitting. Other than that I’m in!!!

  56. I’m in! But I started back in June because I was shocked over all the goodies I had stored. I want to be a good girl so I can go nuts at MDSW again. So, does it count?
    Knitting from stash only can have its moments of temptation, but so far so good for me. Thank goodness spinning fiber doesn’t count! I like your rules more that I do mine. No yarn what so ever.

  57. I was planning to knit “mostly” from my stash–and to finish UFOs (how’s that for a New Year’s resolution!?). But I was going to allow purchases at MDSW, Stitches East (if I can get there), and Rhinebeck. Are those exemptions allowable too? And what about sales with offers that you just can’t refuse?

    As for substituting yarns, after deciding that the quality of the yarn (smoothness, type of fiber) is ok, I look at the yardage and suggested needle size of the recommended yarn and the yardage and needle size of the yarn I am thinking of using. If they’re in the same ballpark, then I feel as if I’ll be fine. That is a quick and easy way for me to eliminate yarns that definitely won’t work unless I’m willling to make some major modifications to the pattern.

  58. I will not be joining you as I don’t have enough of a stash to make it work (I know, I’m working on it). But I do see a big loophole in your plan – how long before you start buying yarn for each other?!

  59. Since I have a whole room of yarn, with spill over into other rooms in the house…I’ll join in the fun! I like the sock yarn caveat, although I think mine might have to be yarn for baby/toddler projects instead, I buy baby friendly yarn on an as needed basis with 2 nephews and 1 godson, unfortunately wool-acrylic blend is the mother’s friend…

    Could be fun to see how much we could all actually work through!

  60. oh wait..what about spring sheep and wool shows?

  61. Your readers know us too well. We may need to amend the receiving gift yarn bit. That’s part of our stash problem. Maybe just on holidays. Birthday, Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s DAy, St. Patrick’s Day…..

  62. Patty Bolgiano says:

    I too, will join. 35+ containers of yarn really do need to be cleared out. Might I also say that giving away yarn to fellow knitters is one way to clear out your stash as well.

    Patty

  63. I’m with kitaknit!!

    So now I’ve got to go build up my already large stash — just in case!! And perhaps more people will get gifts of knitted items in 2007 if I’m “only” going to purchase yarn to make gifts for others. Uhmmm – what if I over estimate on what I needed to make the gift for another??? You know … just in case?

    And, of course, now I have to take up spinning!!! :o)

  64. That sounds great but I may need to go shopping quite a bit before the 31st of this year.

  65. Ok, I’m in. Considering I have enough projects already stashed and queued until well into ’08, I should be able to stick to this one. And if I hold to it, I’ll meet ya at Stitches East. Heck, I’ll buy you a drink.

  66. Nope, not me. I’m sure that I *could* go a year (or at least until Stitches) without needing any new yarn, but I’m just not able to make a commitment like that. After all, MDS&W comes way before Stitches, and there are always some true one-of-a-kinds there. But I am certainly willing to resolve to try to use up as much of it as I can in 2007 — the stash is outgrowing its closet, and making a pair of socks doesn’t do much to help that! ;-) Good luck to you and L-B, and I hope I’ll see you both at Stitches with many, many shopping bags in tow!

  67. First and foremost – I adore those socks. The handspun worked up absolutely delightfully. I love how the colours work together and….I would wear those until they fell apart. I think I’m in love. **swoons**

    “I wouldn’t, for example, knit a lace shawl from [...] cotton yarn.”

    I’ve always found the notion that cotton doesn’t block well to be quite fascinating. I’ve made lace items from cotton for years and years before I started reading about knitting and seeing all these people who were quite adamant that cotton and lace just don’t work well together.

    Maybe it’s the lace patterns I’m choosing to work with? Or, the type of cotton? Or…I don’t know **laughs** I tend to steam iron my cotton as it’s laying out to dry, instead of just pinning it out and letting it air dry. Maybe it shocks it and makes it keep its form.

    As for Knit From Your Stash 2007…I’m all about it, bring it on! Sign me up.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  68. Eeeck…not me. Nope! I’ve tried to yarn diet and it always tends to lead to a yarn binge that can eat away several month’s salaries! Can’t do it unless I know I’m going to come into some serious cash in the end!

  69. I have been planning on knitting exclusively from my stash for a little while with occasional purchase for a specific project. I don’t think it will take long though. I don’t have a lot in my stash. I also don’t have a lot of house so even a little looks like a lot. I’ll go in until I run out though.

  70. ooh! Such lovely stripey socks! I’m almost done with (handspun, 2 ply) brown eyed girl, and have some Midnight Hour stashed away.

    Question: did you stripe your yarn purposefully? (navajoe ply?) Or did they stripe on their own like … magic? Because they’re so stripey!

    Mags.
    PS: Miss Whiskers says, “Hey. Lucy.”

  71. I’m going to join you in Knit from Stash 2007! However, I’ll only be able to last 7-8 months since Stitches Midwest is in August.

  72. Uh, excuse me ladies. You do know that knitting from your stash only during 2007 is likely to cause a serious crash in the textiles markets.

    Ya sure ya wanta go through with that?

    ~firefly

  73. I will probably be following along with the stashalong in spirit. Seems like I have so much yarn. Good to see you left a provision for sock yarn and fiber! I like how you think.

    The Magic socks are most lovely. Amazing how browns and blacks can be so interesting and dynamic.

  74. Great list of official rules — I have to put in writing at least here buried in the comments that I’m officially in. Especially since I’m still glowing in the aftermath of receiving that big box I had shipped home from my romp through Scotland this fall. Ah, it’s glorious. So I have plenty for several winters of knitting from this alone, and had enough summery material already in the stash for any choice I would want to make next summer. I’m in. And I may not even fall off the wagon for socks, either, since I have at least 20 pair of waiting skeins for that purpose.

  75. I’m in.

  76. i love the idea of stash knitting! i’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and it’s truly scary how much yarn a person can accumulate! so i’m taking up the challenge!

    i think you should set up a sign-up or something. maybe a button people can put on their blogs so we can all identify one another.

  77. NINE MONTHS?!? I don’t have THAT big of a stash, I don’t think I could do it – I mean, NINE months! That’s 3/4 of a whole year!

    What’s the penalty if you fall off the wagon twice?

  78. your Magic socks are so beautiful. Isn’t it just the absolute BEST to knit with your own handspun ?! and socks, no less. I’ll bet that they are already on your feet today :-) congrats on such a lovely completion.
    As for your de-stash-athon.. I must say that is quite a gauntlet you have thrown down for yourself. Let me know if you need any emergency “fixes”.. we’ll see what we can come up with (tee hee)

  79. Is it possible to knit the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks toe up? They are next on my list after all the Christmas knitting is done and I would love to make them toe up! Are you just going to work the chart backwards? Any tips you discover would be greatly appreciated.

  80. I’m in (for Knit from your Stash 2007). I won’t be able to afford any new yarn this spring anyway, so this way I’ll feel noble instead of persecuted.

  81. Count me in………..we may even end up with more closet space in the house if I follow through…oh ya….and, the trunk of my car would once again be used to carry groceries instead of boxes of yarn. I’ve been very bad this year…….thanks for the idea….Sandy in South Dakota

  82. I am in for the Stash-a-thon, BUT I have a modification. Since I will be going to Stitches West, the event needs to be exempt from the restrictions. Can you imagine going to a fiber event and not being able to play?

  83. Count me in, I was thinking of giving something like this a try!

    And Lucy – I hope “when” your baby chicks arrive, your mom will post a picture … because I think a LOT of us will be surprised! :-)

  84. Thanks so much for the thoughts on yarn substitution!!

    The swatch and see will begin!

  85. LOve the Magic Socks!
    I did a four-month stash knit this past summer, and that was pretty difficult. I will admit. Started it right after MDSW, and ended it right before Socktoberfest. I wish you luck!

  86. I was planning to knit from stash until it was reduced by at least 1/4 (of my four giant Rubbermaid bins, one has to be completely empty). Maybe I’ll try for a reduction by half!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Kit

  87. I’m in. My yarn storage area is full to bursting. Personally, I also would add to your list of exceptions that yarn bought for charity projects (Afghans for Afghans, etc.) also is exempt. As I live in the Midwest, my “fall off the wagon” exception will be Stitches Midwest in August.

  88. This is how I did the vast amount of my Christmas Knitting. I convinced my husband that I should knit most gifts (Started in Sept). Then I could turn the christmas budget into a yarn budget (smart eh?). then I knit most gifts from the stash- lots of money left for new yarn- as all gifts knit from the stash are free- I already had the yarn!
    The best part is- the stash has gotten much smaller- Now I need more yarn!
    I will think of you all fondly as you knit from the stash!

  89. Ahhh, exactly why I’m doing my Yarn Focus Challenge again. However the ulres are a bit different.

    But on my own I’m going the whole year of 2007 without buying yarn. We’ll see how far I get.

  90. Wendy, I love your idea of knitting only from stash! I have a few big projects that have been waiting for me and have been steadily accumulating more yarn. I may just have to make this my New Year’s Resolution! And with sock yarn being exempt, maybe I’ll learn to knit socks, too. LOL

  91. I’d already declared a while back that 2007 would be the Year of the Stash for me. I’d also determined that your 2b, 2c, 2d, 3, and 4. Would be added to my declaration. I figure if I hold out until August, I can reward myself at the Michigan Fiber Festival.

  92. I have been knitting from my stash for several months now…and plan to continue doing so. Mostly it’s a matter of cash flow for me, though. Otherwise I would love to buy some prettier stuff. I’m just glad I have that stash so I actually can keep knitting!

  93. I’m curious – in this Knit-from-Stash-along, if you’re allowed to receive yarn as a gift, are you allowed to buy yarn for a gift? Becuase I can forsee a huge loophole emerging here – I buy you a gift of yarn, you buy me a gift of yarn, and round and round we knit…. :)

  94. So many socks, haow many feet do you have ?

  95. hmmm what about design yarn for designers.. hmmmm… I might have to buy something for a specific design.. or would I keep work knitting and personal kniting separate.

  96. I’d like to participate in the 2007 Stashathon – but I don’t think that I can possibly start until AFTER Stitches West (end of February). That’s just unreasonable!! What about an adjustment in the dates?

    Let’s say Stitches West to Black Sheep Gathering?

  97. Great socks! While I really like your resolution-OK, who’m I kiddin’…it’s the budget that likes your resolution, not me-I have real doubts about my ability to stick to it for nine whole months. Not that I buy tons of yarn, it’s the whole idea of not being allowed to that will send me over the brink. There’s always 2d and 4. See, I’m talking myself into it!
    I did gape and stare a little over 3. You and your friends actually receive gifts of yarn? I’ve been knitting and spinning for quite some time now and I cannot recall a single gift of yarn. or fiber. I have received some cash that quickly turned into yarn/fiber gifts, but the thought of opening a box and finding wooly loveliness…the mind reels. Actually, I’d probably end up with 12 balls of orange acrylic. Snort!

  98. A support group for knitting — I love it. I’m in, but my stash isn’t very big, so I may be ready to buy yarn before the 9-month cut off date.

  99. I like your idea of knitting from stash only but am wondering how long it would be before i fell off the wagon, again and again…

    For me, maybe it will have to be two projects from stash, one new, two from stash, one new, etc,.

    Thanks for the inspiration to begin de-stashing.

  100. OK, I’m definitely in! I thought long & Hard about this, and I think I can do it. One question – Does this mean that at MDS&W I can only purchase non-sock yarn from one place? Or would the whole day be exempt? Not to nit-pick or anything…