I have this week off and with the holidays near and Fall weather requiring outerwear, it is an inspirational time to start a new knitting project.
As holidays go, the first thing that comes to mind is to head to the local yarn store and SHOP. Before I grabbed the keys, it occurred to me that I might have something in my stash that would suffice for the next project.
In no time, I found myself inventoring my entire stash. Really inventoring the stash. It took me more than one day to do it. Included in inventory was all the yarn in the yarn closet. Not included in inventory was all my handspun/hand dyed yarn or novelty yarn sitting in various storage containers around the house.
As of today, 20 November, the inventory equals 92,275 yards of yarn.
At the rate of 1800 yards per sweater, that equals 51.26 sweaters. If I knit the equivalant of 4 sweaters a year, it will take 12.8 years to knit through this stash.
I am,by personal mandate, effectively, cut off from buying another skein for the foreseeable future.
Are you finding yourself a bit on the heavy side when it comes to yarn? Feel free to use this Excel 2003 spreadsheet to check out your stash. If you have more than you can reasonably expect to knit in your lifetime, you are invited to join me in my Yarn Diet.
Knit with what you got!
Update: 20 October 2008: I get a big f-ing F grade for this yarn diet attempt! Damn. I, perhaps have purchased less yarn than I might have, but nonetheless, purchased yarn.