I think we’re on to something here.
There has been a great response to this idea. And a bunch of questions. Let’s clear things up, shall we?
For L-B and me, the point of this exercise is to attempt to use yarn that has been marinating in our stashes. You know how it goes — you buy something you absolutely love and fully intend to knit x from it. Then you see something else and change your mind, and buy yarn for that project. Et cetera.
We both have yarn that we love in our stashes. I’ve got yarn earmarked for several Starmore designs that I really want to knit. I’m hoping to knit these in 2007. I’ve also got some Dale of Norway kits stashed away, among other things.
Several of you pointed out that L-B and I could buy yarn for each other and call it gift yarn. But that sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? It’s sort of like going on a food diet. If you look for loopholes and ways to cheat (“Why, yes, this 5-pound baked potato counts as one medium baked potato”) you aren’t going to make very good progress. Besides, I re-read our rules and there is no allowance there for buying yarn as gifts for other people (just for buying yarn to make a specific gift).
L-B and I do give yarn to each other as gifts. We also knit things for each other. But despite what L-B might assert in the comments (heh!) we will not be buying and giving each other yarn as Groundhog Day gifts, Flag Day gifts, Leif Erickson Day gifts, etc.
You can join us in this endeavor if you want to, but we certainly are not trying to force this plan on anyone.
If you do decide to join, you can certainly tailor this plan to suit you. Change the start and end dates. If you don’t knit socks, the sock yarn exemption is pointless. Ditto for spinning and spinning fiber. If you want to try this and some of the rules don’t make sense for you, modify them. Like Valerie, who does not knit socks, but wants an exemption for yarn she needs to buy to make things for her wedding. And Mari, who wants an exemption for baby/toddler friendly yarns so she can buy yarn to knit for wee relatives.
A number of you asked what I’ll do about the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Call me crazy, but it doesn’t tempt me that much. Last year, all I bought was some sock yarn. Some years I’ve bought nothing, and some years I haven’t even bothered to go. I may or may not go next year. For me, the point of the “get out of jail free” card is to cover an extraordinary circumstance — something that could come up that we hadn’t planned for, so that we could make a purchase for that eventuality without feeling like we failed. I have no event or purchase planned for it.
And no, I’m not going to go on a yarn-buying binge between now and the first of the year. I’ve actually not bought too much new yarn lately, apart from sock yarn. The next big project I’m going to knit, and will likely start next week, is from yarn that I’ve had in my stash for a year.
And some of you asked if books were exempt. For me they are, because I can’t say that I “stash” books and never use them. I buy them and read them, put ‘em on a shelf, and pull them down and read and refer to them again and again.
I say tools are exempt, too. No, this does not mean I plan on buying twelve spinning wheels next year.
The bottom line — L-B and I are going to make an effort to refrain from buying yarn for the stash or for new projects, and we are going to do our best to knit from our stashes for nine months, to use yarn that was purchased because we loved it. We need to make it a reasonable plan because, like a food diet, if it is too strict it will be impossible to follow.
Anyhow. If you are interested in trying this, look at our rules and decide if they will work for you. If not, adjust them to suit you and set yourself reasonable goals. (Feel free to post my or your own modified rules on your blog.) Heck, if you are an insatiable yarn buyer, set yourself the goal of having every other project come from your stash.
If there are any button-makers out there, please feel free to create a Knit From Your Stash 2007 button that will undoubtedly surpass my lame attempt. Y’all are welcome to use the button I posted here as well — but you’ll have to save it to your own server to use it. I’ve got a handy little option on my server that makes it so that images on my site that are hotlinked to don’t show up on other people’s pages.
Back to knitting progress tomorrow!
I hope she has enough yarn to knit me more catnip mice.