My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Why I Need to Knit From My Stash

(Hey, thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes!)

L-B and I had a phone conversation yesterday, discussing something we’d both like to knit using Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

L-B: It takes 5 skeins of Kidsilk Haze.

Me: I know I have some Kidsilk Haze in my stash, but I don’t think I have 5 skeins of any one color.

L-B: I don’t think I do either.

Me: I guess I could sub something I do have.

L-B: Agreed.

After the conversation I ventured into my stash room and discovered that I have 5 skeins of each of three colors, 4 skeins of another color, and 3 skeins each of 3 more colors of Kidsilk Haze.

Yeah, this is why I need to knit from my stash.

And it leads me to another rule for L-B and me — we can trade stash if we like. (I offered to trade her some of my Kidsilk Haze for something else.) I saw somewhere in my blog surfing that someone else added this rule, and I think it’s a good one.

Another Excellent Idea

I saw on her blog that Kim is keeping track of the stash yarn she uses in 2007 and is planning on donating a set amount per skein used to Heifer International. What a great idea! I’m going to do the same thing.

I’ll start with the first new project of 2007. I’m still working on finishing up 2006 projects: the Bohus and my current socks in progress. The sock in progress has had almost no work done on it since I’ve been off work for the holidays. I return to work tomorrow, so I’ll resume work on the sock on the train.


Postal Hijinks

Today I mailed the last of the prizes for the Heifer Raffle. So those of you who won a prize yesterday will be getting it in the mail within the next few days.


In among those packages is one for the Red Scarf Project. I read a reminder on the Red Scarf Project blog that we can mail our scarves now, so mail I did!

Lucy Sez


“Cripes! Just go back to work, will ya? You are interfering with my nap schedule!”


  1. Hi Wendy, I’m going to blog on knit from stash tomorrow.
    I have been semi bad today, found some Noro on offer, bought it, and already have an emergency gift project for it, I suppose th\t I may get away with it being a gift….;-)


  2. Wendy, I certainly have LOTS of kid silk haze if you need to make a trade. Like you, I am only going to knit from the stash but I think I am going to try the entire year.

  3. Although I didn’t formally sign up for knitting from my stash, I’ve knitted four scarves from stash yarn since you wrote about it.

    That’s the good news; the bad news is that I bought some more yarn anyway. It was for a good cause, The Hunger Site, and it was on sale.

  4. You had me at “Kid Silk Haze”

    Are you and LB going to have another knitting contest with said 5 skeins of KSH?

  5. I’m not doing KFYS, but I have decided to destash a bit becoming a KFYS Yarn Fairy by way of a monthly contest/giveaway. And I think trading yarn is an awesome idea!

  6. A stash room? I thought I was bad with my stash closet and dresser. I’d like to glimps your stash room. Now for the record, that’s 28 skeins of Kidsilk Haze?

  7. You have how many skeins of Kid Silk Haze? I dream of that! …..and did you say stash ROOM?

  8. I am beginning the knit from your stash. I also decided to frog some UFOs that I know I will never knit/wear/use. This will keep some of the anxiety at bay. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday. My 50th is this year too.

  9. Hi Wendy and Lucy!
    You wouldn’t happen to be crocheting my favorite scarf pattern from Kim Hargreaves, FLOURISH with the kidsilk haze, would you? Well, I look forward to seeing what the intended project will be.

  10. I’m embarrased to admit it, but…I am stashless! I am still a knitting newbie, though I taught myself the left-handed method and feel more prepared to do patterns that call for seed, moss, ribs — anything that requires a lot of knit-purl action.

    ANYWAY…will you be doing some sort of fill-your-stash bonanza to end the KFYS marathon?

    Happy Birthday!!!

  11. How about a resolution in 2007 to knit from each others’ stashes. That could get interesting.

  12. Oh. My. Word. Yeah. KFYS was a good idea.
    But then, you are such a prolific knitter-you SHOULD have a stash room filled with amazing choices. Hmmm…wait a minute…you didn’t think you had the yarn…
    So, does this mean that you don’t keep an inventory list? How do you organize the stash? I’d love a written description of your system-if there is one :~)

  13. I need a t-shirt that says “I slept in Wendy’s stash room!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I’m lovin’ the whole KFS 2007 thing! It’s like the pressure is off. I simply don’t have to (cannot) feed into my obsession with buying yarn. It’s very freeing…. It’s also only January 3rd. Wonder how tough the going will get come May or June?

  15. Poor Lucy, she looks so tired….

  16. Ok, ok, this knitting from each other’s stashes – this is good stuff, good stuff – we’re building the basics of Survivor: The Knitting Edition here.

  17. Poor Lucy, having her naptime interrupted by mommy. How does she manage? ๐Ÿ˜€

    And L-B’s shirt suggestion sound vaguely . . . wrong, somehow. XD

  18. My word, my Boo Kitty says the same thing when I’m home too many days! And her name is really Boo.

  19. OMG woman, that’s a lot of kid silk haze..I as yet have not tried that yarn out yet. I have been tempted to buy it, and I really want some, but I have refrained from temptation so far. And now that I am doing the KFYS, I shant be buying any anytime soon.
    Why do I get the feeling this is going to be harder then I thought? In the past when I saw one of your amazing FO’s I could just go out and buy the stuff to make my own.
    I shall remain matter how much you or others tempt me!
    Can’t wait to see the beauties you make up this year!

  20. Out of curiosity, what is the yarn you have the most of? I have 3 sweaters’ worth of various Jo Sharp Silk Road yarns (plus 2 knit up, and one on the needles. eek!) I would love a peek inside your yarn room, but of course must respect your privacy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Good new rules and Kim does have a great idea there. OK, 2nd daughter saw the camo sock (her fave color) now she wants them. Good thing I can get sock yarn, but only for her will I do that. You know, Lucy REALLY looks likes she’s saying that, I cracking up here.

  22. susan’s idea of knitting from each other’s stashes has pizzazz…I’ll take 5 skeins of your kid silk haze and raise you 1 Handmaiden cashmere…it might get a bit touchy if someone messed with my Handmaiden cashmere though, hmm! “Learn to share your stash 2008.”

  23. Lucy really does look exhausted, poor dear….. I’m always amazed at how much the cats sleep when I’m home during the day! Of course, Simon thinks he should be sleeping on my lap.

  24. Hi Wendy, a sometimes lurker, first time commenter here. First off, belated birthday wishes; and secondly, thank you for Knit from Your Stash. My stash thanks you, my bank account thanks you, and my put-upon husband thanks you.

    Your tale of the kid silk haze is a perfect example – one that I know only too well! Thanks for making it into group effort – I feel I can do it among the ranks. However, I am in California and Stitches is in February (!) but I am sticking, however hard, to sock yarn and roving. There is too much in the ol’ Stash from Stitches past.

  25. I have Lord, Bebe, Dewberry and Poison…whatcha got to trade? ๐Ÿ™‚

    oops, forgot the Wicked too!

    Of course swaps are ok! I’ve sworn off even sock yarn for 2007 so without swaps and “gifts” I think I would spontaneously combust by September!

  26. I limited myself to my stash for several years!

    The challenge of it was fun for a while then it just got depressing. I’m back in the buying mode but doing it essentially stashless is quite glorious! For those of you who adopt the project and succeed I hope you enjoy the post stash busting phase as much as I am!

  27. Lucy and Abby must have been talking to each other — I’m pretty sure Miss Orangepants was really ready for me to go back to work and quit messing with her routine!

    And the trading stash rule? Love it!

  28. I’m glad to see so much participation in the stashbusting knit-alongs. I’m a Stashless (it is what it sounds like…I buy yarn, knit it, buy more yarn, knit it, etc.). Thinking about the metric tons of unused yarn in the world always gives me an uneasy feeling.

    I wonder how the yarn companies are going to react after several months of world-wide yarn diets?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck on the KFYS!

  29. Wow! You’re the only other person I’ve ever heard of that shares my birthday! Happy belated birthday!!

    I also read in the NYTimes that our birthday is ranked 362 for commonality ( only Christmas Day, Eve and New Years Day and Feb 29 were less common than our day)

    I also thought it was interesting that my 40th was declared a National Day of Mourning! I celebrated anyway!

  30. I am very excited to start knititng from my stash. I was planning to knit the stash last year, but hopefully this year I will be successful. I must say, I will break it just a bit this weekend as I will be going to a yarn open house, and she only does this twice a year.

    okay, wish me luck.

  31. Poor Lucy, all those extra pets and playing must be so tiring.

  32. We’re bound for TNNA next week, but Mom and I had an idea… We’re going to host KFYS parties at the shop! We figured being tempted by all the yarn here will 1) be easier to handle with someone at your elbow to tell you no, 2) get at least a few people to swatch samples for us, and 3) urge them to finish working thier stash so they can buy more ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of course, my stash grew yesterday – a lovely customer dropped off a bag of FI yarn, plus 5 bags of vintage wools I haven’t seen in years. Oh yes, I was happy dancing last night!

  33. Sorry, I missed your birthday. I’ve been offline most of the time the past several days.

    Happy Birthday … and hello to Lucy as well. Happy New Year to you all.


  34. Great idea, trading stash!! Gonna have to go see what I have that I won’t really ever use now. Poor Lucy, soooooo sleep deprived.

  35. OMG, that’s a fortune invested in just Kidsilk Haze … did I just say “just”? That stuff is like gold!

  36. I think I will see if a trip to your STASH ROOM is listed at the travel agency. Sounds like an ideal vacation trip to me! I am glad you found what you needed in your stash, though – wouldn’t want you falling off the wagon so early in the year.

  37. A belated very very Happy Birthday to You! Love to Lucy and all the Best!

  38. My burning question now: Is the net retail value of your stash greater than your annual salary?

  39. Trading stash is a great idea.

    I think Lucy needs some ‘alone time’. She must be worn out from all the festivities.

  40. Stash room. Yeah. I have to wonder, did you include the contents on your home insurance item list and, if so, did you manage to keep a straight face while you made the list?

  41. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m a bit freaked out to see me mentioned in your blog! But in a good way.

  42. Yes, I will join the destashifying venture because my stash is OBSCENE!!

  43. Great idea about knitting from stash. I have posted on my blog and “borrowed” a button from you. Thanks for the impetus to actually try to use what I have. It has trickled over to a few other areas of my life as well, in my effort to be a bit more fiscally responsible this year…..time will tell!

  44. If I had a stash like yours I’d burn mine!

  45. This is my favorite Lucy picture ever. She looks like she is trying to compel you to do her bidding with all her catly powers. Wonderful!


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