Cleaning House

In January of last year, I started keeping track of my yarn usage. Not super scientifically, just how many skeins in and out. I actually did surprisingly well last year, and it came out about even by the end of 2020. This year has not been so successful. I’ve been feeding the stash a little too generously. Like, the last time I went to put new yarn into my stash, I had to rearrange a little bit to make room because my shawl yarn and sock yarn shelves were so full.

At the same time, I read someone’s blog post about wanting to be more thoughtful about stash additions, and some friends were talking about being conscious of how long it takes you to use up yarn, say one skein of fingering. Unless it’s sock yarn, it usually takes a while.

It all came together and made me decide it was time for another yarn destash. I’ve been knitting for over nine years now, and my tastes have changed, but I still have yarn I bought back then. I still have tons of alpaca, because I love to knit with alpaca, but I can’t actually wear alpaca. So why keep it all? Why not clear out some space and send the yarn off to a new home?

I pulled out probably 75 skeins of yarn, all told. Some of it went to a couple of knitting buddies, but the lot in the chair has been listed on Facebook Marketplace and I’d love to find someone who wants to take it off my hands. The second photo is my reduced stash. Before, all but the bottom two shelves were full of yarn, and the top two shelves on the left side were literally full, to the top. It just didn’t feel good anymore. This new stash feels manageable to me, and lets me see the skeins I love, some of which were just getting buried under other things. Now here’s hoping I can keep this up and be more thoughtful about feeding the stash in the future!

How often do you clean out your yarn stash?

4 thoughts on “Cleaning House

  1. Yesterday I had to move all my seascape lampshade fibres into it’s own separate box because my Kallax unit is full to bursting so I do need to have a look through the other drawers and make some of my own de-stash decisions.

  2. I don’t go through my yarn stash as often as I should. Maybe that would be a good project to start the summer with. I know what you mean, though; my knitting tastes have changed a lot since I started knitting. I don’t have much yarn left from then, but it’s still worth making sure that I’ll be happy using what I’ve got.

  3. I am due for a stash reassessment. I don’t have a large stash and did not purchase new yarn in well over a year. I have been gifted some and that has been a joy to work with.

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