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Stash Expose: Part 1

It’s not unusual for a knitter to accumulate stash.  A knitter’s stash is his/her yarn, you see.  And knitters like yarn. A lot.  Some knitters reach SABLE – Stash Acquision Beyond Life Expectancy.  Which is pretty self-explanatory – there is no way the knitter will be able to knit all that yarn before he/she kicks the bucket.  Which is great for his/her knitting friends who may inherit the remaining yarn, but not so great for the knitter.  Especially if he/she has no room to store all of that freaking yarn.

I won’t go so far as to say our featured knitter has reached SABLE… yet.  But she is well on her way.  Today we will begin our exploration of her stash.  Our knitter will remain nameless for the protection of the innocent.  You know, her poor husband and children, who may be ridiculed by non-knitters if the truth got out.  (Knitters would never do such a thing.)

Today’s focus is lace yarn.  A recent passion of our knitter – who got bit by the lace bug after knitting a few lace shawls.  She then had to buy all kinds of lace yarn in anticipation of knitting more lace shawls.  But, lace shawls – even when knitted pretty quickly by our knitter –  still take a good bit of time to knit.  But they do eat up the yarn yardage!

Here’s a look at the lace yarn stash of our knitter:

Lace Yarn

It’s a respectable amount – it fills one of her ‘knitting bins’ with room to spare. 

This yarn:

Left: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (100% merino). Right: Ella Rae Lace Merino (100% merino).

was purchased with the gift certificate won by her Aeolian shawl in the 2009 Excellence in Knitting Awards (by the Charlotte Knitting Guild).  She’s not sure what shawls she will knit with it, but she loves it and wants it to be a couple of shawls someday.

This yarn:

Top: Plymouth Earth Ecco Cashmere (100% cashmere). Bottom: Conjoined Creations Pastime (100% soysilk).

 was purchased with the gift certificate won by her Autumn Rose sweater in the 2010 Excellence in Knitting Awards (again by the Charlotte Knitting Guild).  Both skeins are of a smaller yardage, so she’s not quite sure what she’ll do with these, but she loves them, also.  Especially the cashmere. 

This yarn:

Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud. (100% Alpaca). 8 skeins.

was supposed to be a sweater.  But our knitter casted the sweater on and quickly came to the conclusion that knitting a cabled sweater out of lace weight yarn (even held double) was completely bonkers.  So the sweater was quickly frogged and the yarn is now in her lace stash.  Destined for 3 different shawls, maybe?  Or one ginormous shawl?  There’s 3500 yards there, people!

The rest of her lace stash was all purchased in moments of weakness or traded for or gifted to her.  All lovely, all destined in our knitter’s mind to become shawls one day.  One day – far, far in the future at the rate she’s knitting.

And that concludes our first look at the stash of our knitter.  Her lace weight yarn totals up to 22,800 yards (or 12.95 miles!) of yarn.  Lets hope she loves knitting lace shawls for years to come!

Tune in next week for a report on our knitter’s sock yarn stash.  We must warn you that sock yarn is one of our knitter’s biggest weaknesses.

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3 thoughts on “Stash Expose: Part 1”

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking at my stash lately, and, well, it’s good to know I’m not alone in having a wee bit much! Love the beautiful blossoming tree photo too!

    1. 🙂 Oh no, you’re definitely not alone in having lots of yarn! Just wait until you see the sock yarn I, um, I mean, our featured knitter, has!
      I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the blossoming tree photo – it’s a banner photo from WordPress for bloggers to use, and I love it so much I haven’t bothered to replace it with one of my own photos yet!

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