Recently I partook in the Crafy Bliss Challenge on Instagram being sponsored by X and Y. On the second to the last day we were challenged to “Flash Your Stash” which spawned an immediate desire to organize my stash, and remind myself of what was actually in there. One of the first things that stuck with me was simply how much I had collected over the years. As I’ve grown awareness into the perils of fast-fashion, it hasn’t completely escaped me that the yarn industry is not guilt-proof; several yarn companies are known for mass production yarns at very low price points, and I’m not guilt-free in my purchase of several of these yarns.
But with knowledge, and movements like Slow Fashion October, the ability to change bad habits has gotten ever easier. Add a reduced disposable income budget (tends to happen when you’re building a house!) and change is not just inevitable, it’s mandatory.
I’ve made a commitment to no longer purchase any new yarn until a significant amount of this stash has been worked through. There are a few caveats to this:
- Yarn sent to me for commissioned designs – most new publications like to use yarns that are still readily available to the knitting community. Several yarn brands and lines can be discontinued, which makes this a bit tricky when knitting from stash.
- Purchase of additional skeins in order to complete a project sourced mostly from stash.
- Special request knits for family & friends that require a yarn that I can’t produce out of stash, or with any kind of color requests.
To start knitting from stash on the right foot, I took a hard look at all the skeins in my possession and began to formulate plans for things I could knit, skeins I could donate, just something to do with all that fiber.
Much to my surprise I found a healthy stash of Rowan Kid Silk Haze in 4 colors (clockwise: Shadow, Majestic, Meadow, Heavenly). Normally I am not a fan of mohair, so to see this much of it in one place made me realize that I probably purchased them just to have them. No more. No more buying just for the sake of buying. It’s time to take a standard towards more conscious purchasing, both for sustainability of the environment, and to make an effort to re-evaluate what truly matters in my life.
Now on to the lighter side of this post – what are my plans for this stash?!
First up are those mohair skeins. The Shadow I am going to knit with O-Wool’s Fingering in Pasture Rose to make the Liv Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
As I continue to sift through the stash, I’ll keep you updated on these Stash Plans for 2017.