Knitstant Gratification

The crafting adventures of a knitter, music lover, and hockey fan.

Lesson learned – must knit down stash

Posted by Andi on August 26, 2012

When we moved into our current apartment we decided to get a two bedroom apartment so that I would have a room we refer to as “my office”. The point of this room was to have a place where I could work at home and close the door so I could concentrate. I would also keep all of my knitting books and supplies in there.

It worked at first, briefly. We didn’t do a very good job of space planning in the room, which made it awkward. It soon got messy, and I stopped using it as an office. Even though it was “the office” I probably didn’t work in there for 18 months.

In the past year there were a couple of incidents that made it even harder to work in there. First, there were squirrels in our attic, which we use for storage. I used to keep my suitcases up there, and bring them down when it was time to travel. I didn’t want to put my suitcases up there and find them chewed or nested in until we were sure the squirrels were gone, so I kept 3 carry on and one large suitcase in my office, taking up a lot of space. Even once the squirrels were gone I continued to keep my suitcases in my office. I don’t know if it was because I was afraid the squirrels would come back, or because I was traveling much more frequently so it was easier to keep the suitcases downstairs.

Second, we got new windows in our apartment. We thought they were replacing one set of windows the first time they came, but instead they did another set, including the office window. We weren’t expecting that, so we hadn’t cleared the area around the window away, and Tim had to do it quickly. He basically threw things out of the way. The room looked like a tornado hit it. By that point it I could barely walk in there. It was so messy it was overwhelming, so instead of making it a usable room, it sat in that state for months.

Finally, I got annoyed enough that I asked Tim to help me clean it. I did most of the sorting while Tim took the stuff that didn’t belong in the room out. He also helped me organize the room so that there was space for me to work, space for me to store my knitting supplies, and a place to sit and relax.

After about 3 hours we were finished. I still have a pile of papers I have to file or shred, but other than that I have a usable room. We even have my old computer monitor in there so that if we want to watch separate things on television, one of us can watch TV in the living room, and the other can watch a movie in the other room. It’s great.

Sounds great, right? Well, it is, except the clean, organized room really highlights the size of my stash. When the room was a mess the stash was kind of hidden under other things. Now it’s clear exactly how much space it takes up. When I first moved I vowed to keep my stash in the two sets of shelves I bought for it. Ha! I have two big bags and a box full of yarn that don’t fit in there. I need to get back to my goal: only having enough yarn to fit in those shelves.

I really need to knit down my stash. I’ve been thinking about how to do this. What can I make with what I have? A lot of my stash is sock yarn or lace weight yarn, so there is a lot I can do with that. But what do I do with all of the worsted weight yarn?

First, I’m going to make a yoga bag. I’ve started doing ki yoga at home, and I just roll up my mat and put it aside. I’m going to make a bag so it’s a little neater, and so I can easily carry it if I start taking classes.

I’m not sure what to do with the rest of it. I may donate a bunch of acrylic. But I may also use it for charity knitting. I’m not sure.

I guess I just have to start knitting more!!


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