Stash ups and downs

Suzie Blackman
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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If  2010’s stash down attempt was evaluated in a school report, it would read ‘must try harder’. I do try, honestly.

I created another pretty heat-map of my stash yarn (if you’re using an RSS reader, visit the blog post on the website to see it):

Yarn in stash
2 ply / lace 4 ply 5 ply / sport DK Aran / worsted Chunky Super chunky
Black 0 0.5 0 3.5 7.46 0 0
grey 1 5.8 3 19.1 15.43 0 0
white 0 0 0 4.7 0 0 0
natural 0 4.82 1 4.9 1 0 0
brown 2 4 0 3.32 1.61 0 0
orange 0 2.44 0 0 0 0 0
yellow 0 0 0 12 1 0 1
yellow green 0 0.9 0 0 0.95 0 0
green 0 0.6 0 2 0.4 2.74 0
Blue green 0 3.31 10 5.94 2.83 2.1 0
Blue 0 6.7 0.53 10.72 2.9 0 0
blue purple 0 0 0 5 1.74 0 0
purple 1 4 0 1 4.74 0.75 1
pink 0 4.41 0.19 3.1 0.97 1 0
red purple 0 1 0 0.49 0.92 0.4 0
red 0 2.6 0 15.5 1.78 2 1

Compare with a year ago:

Yarn in stash, February 2010
2 ply / lace 4 ply 5 ply / sport DK Aran / worsted Chunky Super chunky
Black 0 0 0 3.5 9 0 0
grey 5 1.8 3 14.2 38.89 0.6 0
white 0 0 0 2.7 0 0 0
natural 0 6.82 0 4.8 1 0 0
brown 0 2 0 5 3.3 0 3.59
orange 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
yellow 0 0.05 2 12 1.3 0 0
yellow green 0 0.9 0 0 0.95 0 0
green 0 0.8 0 4 0.3 3.24 0
Blue green 0 0.94 10 1.08 1.7 2.1 0
Blue 0 4.7 1 7 23 0 0
blue purple 0 0 0 5 1.74 0 0
purple 0 2.58 0 1 3.4 0.75 0
pink 0 3.3 0.19 3.1 0.85 1 0
red purple 0 1.53 0 0.49 1.15 0 0
red 0 1.75 0 15.7 1.79 3 1

Overall I have less yarn, and the stash looks more balanced. But also, a shift towards the finer end, which means that even though I have less skeins, I have more yardage. Not good.

Aside from the stash acquired in Norway I have a couple of other new additions. Some Madeline Tosh sock I gratefully recieved for my birthday.

Madeline Tosh Sock in 'field'

Some Noro Kureyon Sock. I am very impressed with that stuff, it doesn’t seem prone to breakage and might be tough enough for actual socks (knotty socks though).

Noro Kureyon Sock in shade 253

I have already started knitting a blanket with it, so that makes it OK that I bought three skeins.

Mitred squares baby blanket

Even more sock yarn then… The de-stash isn’t really working…

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Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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  1. mooncalf says:

    That is a beautiful green skein of Tosh Sock.

    I’m glad to hear you think the Kureyon is tough enough for socks. I’ve got 6 big balls of Noro sock yarn now and I’m starting to think I should have a project in mind…

  2. Mags says:

    You stash sheet puts my stash sheet to shame.

    As far as I’m concerned, if you like working with it, it shouldn’t be a problem that you own more of it.

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