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Jan 24, 2016

Best of Both Worlds

Not long ago, I shared my intent to buy more yarn in order to maximize yarn in stash. I agonized over that decision as I'm inclined to do, but based on the results to date it was a sound move.

This handful of quick WIP snapshots shows some of the new yarn in action:

Flashpoint Afghan
Stash: Red (Korall, Laines du Nord)
New: Cream (Extra Soft Merino Grande, Gedifra)
New: Black (Valley Superwash Bulky)


Christmas Trees (ornaments, coasters, hotpads, table toppers)
Stash: Red (Korall, Laines du Nord)
New: Cream (Extra Soft Merino Grande, Gedifra)
New: Green (Torino Bulky, Tahki)


Alaris Wrap
Stash: Variegated (RicRac, Blue Heron)
New: Black (Cotton Fleece, Brown Sheep)


Tikkyn Afghan
Stash: Purples (Cotton Fleece, Brown Sheep)
New: Black (Cotton Fleece, Brown Sheep)


Angletyn Afghan
Stash: Black (Korall, Laines du Nord)
Stash: Purple (Torino, Tahki)
Stash: Red (Korall, Laines du Nord)
New: Turquoise (Superwash Bulky, Valley Yarns)

As knitters, we know numbers tell an important part of the story. I did some rough calculations and found every new skein is helping convert three to six stash skeins into productive use (including a couple projects not shown). This strikes me as a very respectable return on investment, whether we measure it in dollars or fiber.

Yes, the new skeins have had a minor effect on storage, but since everything still fits into the designated cupboards, the impact has been inconsequential. As an added plus, the fiber infusion has sparked fresh ideas for stubborn stash, inspired new designs, and promoted slow but steady progress on targeted projects.

Of course, these tantalizing results mean I've begun compiling a wish list for my next round of stashbusting buys, but that can wait. Right now, I'm savoring the yarn in hand, relishing the promise it offers, and enjoying the best of both worlds old and new.


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10 comments:

  1. I like how the new black yarn compliments the stash colors! My favorite is the purple afghan, though.

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  2. Those Christmas trees are adorable! Are they knit or crochet? I can't crochet, but if they are knit I would love the pattern! These would be great to knit up in my spare time for Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Heather, so glad you like the Christmas trees. You're in safe territory here, they're knit (I can't crochet either). The pattern is in development and will hopefully be ready for release soon.

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  3. I too, am agonizing over yarn buying at the moment. I struggle because online prices are so good but I really love to support my local shops! And online I don't know the colors for certain, but ARGH!

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  4. Love those purples in the afghan!

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  5. I love the purples! They look great with the black.

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  6. I love the Christmas trees!!

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  7. I love the purple afghan. Plus I admire your math with the addition of skeins. Beautiful WIPS!

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  8. What a great strategy! Most of my stash is just left-overs. I generally buy one project at a time, but this could help me put those left-overs into use. Really love the Flashpoint Afghan. It has gone into my favorites as a great baby gift!

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  9. Christmas is over but I LOVE the trees.

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-b

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