Ok... so that was a rather interesting exercise. Its like going into a store and trying on a pair of jeans in a size you've always worn and not being able to zip up. Soon you are hopping around trying to force it up as you start to spill over the top of it. (ok - so if has never happened to you - you need to go and eat a donut - IMMEDIATELY)
As I stood there in my office trying to get a photo of the stash and realizing that I could not fit it into a single picture - I know - that moment of catharsis - when you are ready to ADMIT you have a problem... and I thought to myself, "Dang - I really need more of those plastic drawer container thingies."
So all of THIS:
Fits into THESE babies:
It was kind of a walk down memory lane though - finding the odd skein of Bernat's Cotton Tots or WoolEase brought me back to those first days of knitting. When a fuzzy fluffy novelty yarn scarf on size 15 metal straights would take me for-EVER to knit. Then there was the discovery of ONLINE YARN STORES - pure genius. I had a very torrid affair with Elann, and I still am feeling the pangs of that breakup - it left me with quite a bit of emotional bag(YARN)gage.
I've discovered that I have issues with following through it seems. I start out with all of these grandiose plans in my head that seem quite reasonable - but as fickle as I am, my mind is constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. And I've somehow over inflated the realistic rate of my knitting. Sort of like how you think you could finish the appetizer, soup, entree, AND have room for the cheesecake at the end.
And like any person - I have my favorites, the ones that even if my stash were worth more than my house, I'd still buy more? (like... Koigu - mmmpurrrr)
There are two things that I LOVE to buy yarn for - but I never seem to actually finish that much of - and that would be lace and sock yarn. Mostly because they come in such great colors and fibers that I cant resist.
So - inevitably I knew I'd find yarn that I'd outgrown but is still quite nice. If anyone in SD is interested in any of the skeins below - just let me know and we can meet up sometime and you can have it. I'm happy to just get rid of it - but if you wanted to swap a few skeins for a skein of koigu or manos - I wouldn't be denying you.
I think that the Colinette Mohair, and that pile of aran weight wool are the best out of the bunch. All that this leads up to is the realization that I need to have a stash swap/liquidation. I'm looking to get rid of all that Peruvian Highland wool, Pure wool in those bags, and the Cotton Sonata - so let me know if you might be wanting it at the next stash swap and I'll set it aside for you.
I'm probably going to Ebay whats not snatched up to cull the herd. I did attempt to try and catalogue everything I had in Excel but I didnt get all that far.
Spinning demo and knitting lesson tomorrow at the Oceanside Library at 10am!