You can never have too much yarn, I heard lately.
While I completely agree with that statement, I still like to think of myself as a minimalist. My yarn stash fits – barely – in a storage bin, and I want to keep it that way.
As I was on a cleaning and decluttering frenzy last week, I got my stash out. And when all the skeins were on the couch, I realized my stash is H-U-G-E. I had to do something about it. Here’s what it looked like.
In my defense, a lot of this yarn I bought when I began crocheting. At that time, I didn’t really get how much yarn you need to crochet full garments. This meaning that unfortunately, I don’t have more than a few skeins of each color and brand, so there’s not much I can do with these.
Now that I’ve learned this precious lesson (that you might need as much as 12 skeins of a single style of yarn to complete a blanket or a sweater), I tend to buy more at one time. But this increases my storage problem and is clearly in conflict with my minimalistic approach…
For example, this Cascade Yarns I bought about 8 skeins of. I wanted to make a sweater with it but then ordered another type of yarn and decided to go with the other yarn for a particular project. I am still planning to use it, either for another sweater of for a blanket for my sister.
Here’s the yarns (Cascade Yarns Sateen) I used for said sweater. I have a lot of colors, I even bought some light blue, pink and purple ones that I honestly have no idea what I’ll do with it. I have almost finished working on my sweater, but I now know I’ll have like 3 skeins of leftover yarn… There’s also some yarn I bought at Michaels (on sale!) that is soft and cozy. But the fingering-lacy-ish weight means that it will take forever to complete a project with it. But it’s a beautiful yarn!
Here are a lot of the skeins I bought when I first began crocheting, along with leftover yarn from previous projects. You can clearly see that it’s a melting pot of mixed yarns. With little of each I doubt I can make something significant, but maybe hats and small scarves…
And lastly, a couple of work in progress that I store inside the bin… The market bag on the bottom left corner I am not so sure about. The stripey white, green and blue blanket I ran out of green and have to find a substitute yarn to continue and the stripey dark green thing is my sweater that I should finish this week (yay!).
So when it’s all laid out and explained, it doesn’t look too bad, especially compared to a lot of ladies in my Facebook crochet groups who have their own craft rooms.
That being said, I have another shipment coming – I ordered yarn to make blankets for my grandmother and my parents for Christmas. Oh well, we’ll see how I manage to make everything fit in my bin!