stash busting As I’ve been reading the comments on this week’s giveaway about crafty resolutions, I noticed that a lot of people want to finish more projects and work from their stash. I can’t help you much with the finishing (I’m the worst when it comes to UFOs), but it occurs to me that I can help with motivating you and inspiring you to use more of your stash.

So, starting today and on through the rest of the month, I’m going to be focusing a lot on how to organize your odd balls and skeins, sharing projects you can make with a little or a lot of your stash, and helping you store yarn and keep your stash more under control in the future. I hope.

Through this process I hope you’ll share with me how it’s going, what you’re working on or how you intend to use your stash in the future. This should be a lot of fun!

To get started, go to the dark places in your house where you keep your stash and get as much of it in one place as you can. This may be the hardest part, just seeing it all together and trying to figure out how to sort it and what to do with it. Don’t worry, I’ll be with you every step of the way.

Who’s with me? I’ll bet most of our stashes could use a spring (even though it’s still winter or summer) cleaning.

By Sarah White


25 Comments so far

  1. Carmen in WI on January 8, 2014 1:34 pm

    One of my favorite ways to stash-bust is to join a KAL (knit-along; or CAL/crochet-a-long) and resolve to only use yarn that is already in my stash. I’ve also used up a few leftover skeins by making hats which I plan to donate to charity.

  2. Helen on January 8, 2014 1:39 pm

    Eeek I really need to do this! :/

  3. Leslie on January 8, 2014 1:43 pm

    I’m ready! My stuff is hiding in different places around the house…. this way my other half doesn’t know how much i have. ;)

  4. Muireann on January 8, 2014 1:50 pm

    Perfect, I look forward to seeing your posts!

  5. Rhonda on January 8, 2014 2:13 pm

    I’m with you!

  6. becky on January 8, 2014 2:40 pm

    I’m in!

  7. Mel on January 8, 2014 2:45 pm

    I’m in! I promised the hubs I won’t buy any more yarn until I use what I have stashed in my craft room…and the garage lol

  8. Dina aka Bossymamma on January 8, 2014 2:50 pm

    I’ve been working through my stash – particularly ends of balls – for about three months. As soon as I clear some, a friend gives me more! I have been knitting squares, scarves and hats for Syrian refugees.

  9. Lisa on January 8, 2014 3:02 pm

    I’m in too!

  10. Peggy Coffey on January 8, 2014 4:50 pm

    I also told my husband I wouldn’t buy any new yarn until I made a dent in my stash. I have lots of small balls of yarn and need some ideas. Looking forward o it.

  11. Eliz on January 8, 2014 6:38 pm

    I have started doing this but stalled upon realizing how many different weights of yarn I have…that don’t work well together on lots of projects. Any solutions for remnants of diff. weights (sock, worsted and bulky mostly)?

  12. Marcy on January 8, 2014 6:53 pm

    Me too! Count me in! Knitting is t my only stash–I have a ton of great fabric and felted wool as well. So this is the year of any UFO.

  13. Vicki K. on January 8, 2014 7:36 pm

    I’m afraid that if I really got it all out in one place at the same time, my family would sign me up for “Hoarders”!

  14. Rose on January 8, 2014 11:14 pm

    Prior to reading this I had gathered my stash……. Scared seeing it all in one space! I’m in…..

  15. Tigertailor on January 8, 2014 11:36 pm

    Well, now that I have recovered from the initial shock horror thoughts of exposing my stash…are we talking the whole stash, I mean the “really, really special, exquisite, dream of making something beautiful with it stash” too?…gulp..I’m not sure I can cope…..:-{

  16. Anja Bout on January 9, 2014 6:32 am

    I’m in. I daren’t to send you a picture of my stash :(

  17. Pat Hathaway on January 9, 2014 10:18 am

    My cleaning lady isn’t allowed in my craft room because she thinks I “might have that disease those people on TV have”–hoarders. She’s lucky we can pick up the rest of the house enough for to be able to clean! I have yarn in my closet, under the bed, and in bins in my craft room–I’ll never use it all up. sniff…sniff…I’m beginning to think I should just give it all to Goodwill.

  18. Sarah White on January 9, 2014 12:31 pm

    I’m so excited to see all this enthusiasm! And no, you don’t have to go through all your stash at once, and you don’t have to show my a picture. This is about encouraging you to do what you can, and what you’re comfortable with, and to make it exciting and fun to get in there and discover some projects you can’t wait to knit!

  19. Dottie on January 9, 2014 1:48 pm

    I’m in as well. Like a few others, yarn isn’t my only stash. Yikes. I could sure use some creative ideas to use it up, or at least make a dent in it. Thanks for putting this together. I’m looking forward to your posts!!!

  20. jane d on January 9, 2014 2:47 pm

    ALL of my stash(es)?? Really??

  21. Deborah Jennings on January 9, 2014 4:56 pm

    My MIL makes scrap quilts. Hers are made up of one row of each color at random. They turn out beautiful. Even though hers are crocheted, you can still knit them, too. Just a plain stitch.

  22. Linda on January 9, 2014 5:18 pm

    I am in! ????

  23. Theresa on January 9, 2014 8:44 pm

    Darn!! I was hoping to see some projects listed. I got all my yarn organized months ago.

  24. Cara Randall on January 10, 2014 4:06 am

    This sounds like a good plan. I have so many great yarns but they hang out in plastic totes and don’t become anything. I have a lot of fabric and a lot of spinning fibers, too, because I handspin yarn. This all sounds super!

  25. Sue Miller on January 10, 2014 1:41 pm

    I’m in. New stash buster ideas would be great.

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