Now that all of your yarn is in one place, take a picture. In order to be considered a participant in our challenge and possibly win the prize you must have a before and after picture. If you don't want anyone to know who the stash belongs to, we will make sure it remains anonymous.
As you pull out your yarn start thinking about:
- Which yarn you get excited about and still love vs. the yarn you are not so crazy about anymore.
- How do you wish to store your yarn: In a closet, on a shelf or in a cabinet, by color, fiber and/or weight (check out our Pintirest Board for ideas)
- Is a particular yarn earmarked for a specific project, pattern or person?
- It is hard to organize what you can't see.
- Seeing all of your yarn laid out in front of you may inspire you to start choosing a new color pallet or fiber content.
- You may realize you have more or less than you thought you did.
- You may also find some hidden gems you have forgotten all about.
As we did with our WIP's, patterns and tools, we will start deciding which yarn to keep, which to give away and which to throw out. You will need at least 3 bins (Keep, give away & toss). You may decide to divide your keep pile further: will use- have a pattern, will use- no pattern, for donation projects, etc. You may also do the same with the give away pile: Yarn swap or donate.
Destashing is very hard, you start thinking about how much money went into your stash, you got some of the yarn as a gift or even that there is the perfect pattern out there just waiting to be found. But think about how it would feel to look at your prized stash and know you love each and every skein, you can find what you need with ease and you have regained space in your house (not to mention getting you're husband/family to stop teasing you ...even if it's just for a little while).
Keep: You should keep any yarn that:
- You really like and that brings you joy
- You have at pattern picked out or a person that the yarn is intended for
- You are inspired by the yarn
- You know you will use (be honest with yourself!)
- It brings a happy memories
- You would like to use in donation projects
The point of having a stash is not only to have yarn on hand for a pattern you have found, but I would say more importantly it brings you pleasure. I have quite a bit of my grandmother's crochet thread that I have displayed in my house. I will never use this thread, but it brings me great happiness when I look at. You will also notice yarn for donation projects, at Chix with Stix, we often have Community Care Projects in which we ask you to help by making miscellaneous items. It is always good to keep a few skeins on hand for these types of projects; this yarn would also be great for lifelines & provisional cast-on's and yarn bombings.
Give away: You may have fallen out of love with some of your yarn, but it may be perfect for someone else. Place these types of yarn in the "give away" pile. Grab a bag, box or bin and put these along with your patterns, tools and WIP's that you are wanting to trade and set aside for our swap.
Let it go if:
- You really liked it when you bought it, but now you're just not liking it anymore.
- You went through a phase (sock, lace, color, etc.) and have burned yourself out working with that type of yarn.
- You have left overs from a finished project and you can't see yourself using it.
- You've realized you don't enjoy working with a particular weight, fiber or color, it may even split too much for your liking.
- It was a gift from someone. Yarn is a very personal thing, it is sweet that someone thought of you, but realistically they don't know your fiber preferences, the weight of yarns you like and now that yarn is taking up valuable space. Not to mention you feel a little guilty when you look at the unused yarn setting on the shelf. Let someone who will love this yarn have it, the best thing is that the gift will be used and enjoyed by someone.
- Do you have yarn from your last move that you were uncertain you wanted to keep and it's still sitting in your stash? It's time to let it go!
- You purchased yarn for a particular pattern only to realize you didn't get enough. Try to find the remaining yarn, if you can't either find a project for it or swap it.
- Possibly set a time limit: I've had this yarn (x) years unused, will I actually use it?
Toss: Yes, I said it, actually throw away yarn!!!
- If you have small bits left overs not big enough to make anything, put them in the trash. Alternatively, you could use natural fibers in cake style bird feeders so birds & squirrels can use them in their nests.
- Toss yarn that has matted, felted or knotted. If you have a tangled mess that is impossible to unwind, there is no since in leaving it hanging around, it is unusable.
We have our work cut out for us this week! Next week we will focus on organizing and putting away the yarn we do keep. Let me know if you need help deciding whether or not to keep a yarn.