Use What You Have…

Use What You HaveMy yarn stash overfloweth. I do not need any more yarn. I may want more yarn, but want and need are two very different things. I’ve been thinking recently that I really need to crank out some projects before I can justify the purchase of any more yarn. I have several projects in line now.

I should qualify that by pointing out that I normally only buy yarn if I have a specific project in mind, and most projects I choose only require 2-3 balls (skeins, hanks, whatever) of yarn. I have never bought enough yarn to make a sweater, so it isn’t crazy yarn mayhem at my house. I just need to get some projects move out.

Last night I spotted “Use What You Have” – what a perfect idea! Just what I needed. For the entire month of April, NO yarn purchases. (Or any other crafty goodies for that matter.) I will only knit what I already own.

Just one problem with this plan. (How sad is it that within an hour I realized there was a problem?) Yarntopia opens on April 3rd, with the grand opening soiree on April 8th. Amy already caught me swooning over some of the sock yarn they have when I was there last week. If I could have purchased it last week, it would already be mine. It was so fabulous! But with the “Use What You Have” going on, I can’t buy it. I have to wait until May. Or figure out if she will take a credit card in March and just let me pick it up in April. That would be ok, right?

Why are you looking at me like that?

Another temptation is the newly discovered Hill Country Yarns sock yarn. (2006 is after all the year of the sock.) I first saw it at Sheryl’s blog (the other owner of Yarntopia) and I am in love. I want that yarn. However, I know it will be waiting for me in May. I promise, I’ll work through the stash first.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

4 replies on “Use What You Have…”

Christine…don’t forget that essay on stash by Franklin on Brenda’s podcast! (I think it’s Episode 11 or 13, called “the Uninvited Guest”): Your stash needs to be fed continually, or it could cause you serious harm! So, don’t get yourself killed by your stash in April because you thought you could be strong! ;p

The sock goddess’s real name is Sally – but I don’t know her last name. A very nice lady and hopefully future sock teacher at Yarntopia. Isn’t Hill Country the yummiest? I am still waiting on mine. I still haven’t listened to Amy’s interview…shame on me! That is one of my goals for today or tomorrow while my husband is away and I can use his cable modem. I would be happy to help you figure out your yarn dilema! I understand completely. I bought sock yarn in Austin this past weekend!

Actually, Amy’s interview won’t be live until tomorrow, late afternoon. So don’t feel too bad! I was going to record the show last night and then I realized that I always have more things to add when there is a guild meeting, which is tonight, so I’m going to record when I get home! 🙂

And yes, we will have to talk about that yarn problem I have! 😉

Elemmaciltur, don’t worry. The stash has been fed often enough, it will make it 1 month. Plus Mike still needs to get yarn for his next project, and since we are married I figure his stash acquisitions will feed my stash for me – while I don’t have to buy more yarn and can work my way through what I have!

heehee, I like your logic. I say buy one hank of sock yarn just to show support for the new yarn store and then call it quits, imho. 😉

I’ve seen this Hill Country Yarn a few places online and am intrigued. I actually broke down and bought some Socks That Rock and whoa baby, it really does rock. Sock yarn is so addicting!

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