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Oldest Stash – Yarn Love Challenge

My yarn stash lives in 4 double tall giant Ikea basket towers in my studio. It is organized by colour and I try not to think about the age of my yarns. My tastes have changed a lot over the years and I do go through my yarn every few months and often take some to Knitomatic’s monthly yarn swap. I pull from it often to use random yarns for different things and I am not stressed about my yarn stash; though I do feel a sense of accomplishment whenever I finish using up a skein of yarn. It’s this concept of ‘1 down, ??? to go’. I have always laughed at the term ‘SABLE’ – Stash Aquisition Beyond Life Expectancy – but at the same time it helps me not worry too much about what to use my yarn for. I no longer feel like I have to qualify a project’s greatness to use that precious skein of Wollmeise or whatever. The truth is my favourite knitting is done with my own handspun. I also no longer go insane for yarn – because I have so much. I still buy yarn to support small producers, and for major projects. I will always buy yarn. I am a firm believer in if you want something to be there, support it! This applies to local business – bookstores, libraries, museums, art galleries, independent things, farmer’s markets, theatres – the things that keep us unique as a species, the things people put their hearts in to.

What often strikes me however, is the endurance of certain projects. I work on a lot of big, long-term projects, that I pick up and put down. The Beekeeper’s quilt by Tiny Owl Knits is a really good example of this. I still love making the hexipuffs for it – but I need about 1200 for a King sized quilt, and I think I have about 550 completed. It’s a great project to work on in confined spaces or when you don’t need to think hard.

Another long term project I am working on is a weird carpet I am weaving in circles. Last year I bought a larger round weaving loom so I will likely begin to work on it again.

When it comes to my own yarn that I dye and spin, if it doesn’t sell, I don’t let it hang about. I repurpose things in many ways. Lately I have been auditing my handspun art yarns and found a few that have managed to not find a home for a couple of years. I think it’s important to always have fresh things for people to appreciate at shows, and select for their own. So lately I have been crocheting hats out of the older yarns – and giving them their potential to become beautiful things. This is currently the yarn that has hung out the longers – almost 2 years…with no love. So, it’s becoming a hat.


Fell off a Wagon Right into Paris…Ontario

Today was a great day! I went to The Needle Emporium in Ancaster and did a little bit of yarn shopping, followed by lunch, then headed off to Paris, Ontario and touristed a bit.

By far the funniest thing I saw today was this in this discount store we walked by. It is this crazy huge picture, a holographic one that sort of moves/glints in different lights and angles. It is a moose…spitting or vomiting or something, some kind of misty stuff.

There is also a really neat linen shop there and we found these lovely mittens and as my fingers were cold as I forgot my mittens at home..snapped them up.

They also had these awesome big long needles that I have been hunting down for plush-making. They are actually for all sorts of other things like weaving, making rugs, mattress stitching, etc.

We then stopped into Brown Dog Coffee for a yummy latte (I had the Dalmation latte) and apple fritters (made on site) and french vanilla ice cream. It was needless to say, to die for!

Then on the way out we stopped at Mary Maxim in which a little bit of yarn and some cable hooks were acquired..then we made a stop at Knit One Bead Two in Oakville, Ontario which I find to be a really classy and nice shop. It makes me want to knit in natural colours and fibers all the time. They carry a lot of Americo yarns and Habu and really interesting imports you don’t often see in yarn shops. The beads are also beautiful and it has a very contemporary style and atmosphere that is warm and friendly. So, what was the stash enhancement damage you ask? Well…you be the judge on the naughty ….