Tossing the Stash

Clockwise from top left:
Garment stash
Sock Yarn remnants
Shawl stash
Sock stash

I have joined the Stash Heap Challenge group over on Ravelry and although I am crap at the interactive elements of social media, it has been fantastic motivation to get myself organised.
The main goal of the group is to:  challenge yourself to find projects to knit in 2015 that use the things you already have!

My first step was to understand the balance of my stash.
In my head, it was about 50% sock yarn, 25% garment yarn and 25% muddle.  It was quite a surprise to discover that the garment yarn fills my largest plastic tub and that I have to sit to the lid to get it closed!

When I really interrogated what I have, there was far less sock-appropriate yarn in there than I thought.
In fact, my shawl stash outstrips it 5:3
This is a good thing:  I have far more shawl plans than I have sock plans!

The change of balance is partly due to my realisation that I don’t want to knit 100% wool socks any more.  They felt, they pill, they develop holes, they shrink – it is such a waste of beautiful Malabrigo Sock to use it for actual socks!

This is a picture of “everything else”:  a smattering of DK, sportweight and aran wools, with the cotton leftover from my giant crochet blanket.
For the time being it is sharing a tub with my sock yarn.

This was the only yarn which hadn’t made it into my Ravelry stash.
It is Manos Silk Blend Fino and it is destined to become a Pavonated Curl.

I plan to make a folder of all the patterns I intend to knit in 2015, matching them up with stash yarn as far as possible.  But that’s a job for another day!
Now it’s time to sit down with my Kex Blanket and do some actual knitting :)