Even though I’ve only been knitting since January of 2008, I’ve already accumulated a ton of yarn. Most of it is in the form of acrylic or acrylic/wool blends, but never mind; I do have a fair amount in 100% wool. When I first began to knit, I couldn’t pass any store that even had the possibility of selling yarn without coming out with several skeins. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have a pattern in mind, either. The way I approached yarn buying back then is to see some yarn in some yummy color or color combination, buy at least two skeins, sometimes more, depending on price, and bring it home. The other thing I did a lot of in the beginning was to download free patterns. I have a whole 3-ring binder of free (and paid-for) patterns, each in its own plastic sleeve. It never occurred to me to first find a pattern, then buy the yarn. I finally had to buy some clear plastic tubs to keep my yarn in.
By the time December rolled around, I decided that I was going to make a New Year’s Resolution and actually stick to it! No more yarn-buying until I’ve used up most (if not all) of the yarn in my stash. Giving it away doesn’t count. So now I’m left with knitting up garments in non-wool. I’ve recently finished a sweater in an acrylic/wool blend and I really like the way it turned out, for the most part. The thing I like about acrylic and acrylic blends is how easy it is to launder. The thing I don’t like is the amount of pilling; though I have some 100% wool garments that pill almost as much.
After doing an inventory of my stash yarn, I found that I have quite a bit (1200+ yards) of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, in espresso brown. I want to knit another sweater, this time Tang, by Wendy Bernard. I haven’t decided on the neck yet, but I have until the end of the sweater to make that choice. The original pattern calls for a turtleneck, but one of the things I like about Wendy’s patterns is the easy of changing it to suit my own wants. I may change it to a crew neck in time for Spring weather. It’s been cold here: snowy, rainy, yuck. Where, exactly, is Spring??? But I digress.
I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the no-more-yarn-buying-until-the-stash-yarn-is-gone rule. It’s been hard, don’t get me wrong, but it’s one more step to forming a wanted habit.