Aaaand it’s also time for my quarterly Stashdown post. I am just spamming y’all with posts these last two days, kittens. Many apologies for that. At least it will be 3 months before you see one of these boring number posts again.

2010 Q1 Stashdown

Yardage in: 6,681
Yardage out: 9,766
Net stash change: -3,085
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.462

2010 Q2 Stashdown

Yardage in: 7,014
Yardage out: 7,498
Net stash change: -484
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.069

2010 Q3 Stashdown

Yardage in: 7,591
Yardage out: 10,588
Net stash change: -2,997
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.395

2010 Totals so far:

Yardage in: 21,286
Yardage out: 27,852
Net Stash Change: -6,566
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.308

All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with how I did this quarter, even if I didn’t stick to my goals 100%.

I did finish all of my WIPs and get them off of needles (I had started the quarter with 3 languishing ones), and I did end the quarter very much in the green (even if the ratio wasn’t as impressive as I would have liked). So yay for that.

However, I had hoped to have no yarn come into my stash other then club yarn, and that turned out to be unrealistic. A project fail made me have to find suitable yarn and purchase for it. Then I liked the yarn I purchased so much that I had to find more; it would seem that Rowan may be discontinuing it, since all of their retailers are marking it down and moving it out. I managed to find a full bag on destash, so it all worked out and I’m already contemplating which of several t-shirt patterns I’m going to knit with it. I also had to purchase some yarn to use for some upcoming projects. Sometimes, it takes more yarn to use existing yarn. Oh, the vicious cycle!
For Quarter 4, I’m hoping to continue decreasing the amount of yarn I stash. I already know I’ll have my club coming in, a skein I snagged at an update which is due sometime next week, and a custom yarn order from a dyer I haven’t tried yet. If I’m lucky, I may have another skein or two coming in from my New Favorite Dyer. But on top of that? I’m not going to stash and I hope to work through enough yarn to keep my yardage at a closer to 2yds out for every yard in ratio.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed the Stashdown process and it’s been educational to see my yarn purchasing and using habits. It’s been integral to helping curb impulse buys and made me more mindful of the yarn I’m stashing. I’ve completely stopped purchasing yarn just because it’s on sale and “such a deal.” I’ve even passed up many an Indie Dyer offering I never would have in the past. If I can’t think of something to use it for and be excited about that, it doesn’t get bought.
Even if Yarn Snobs doesn’t continue to track in 2011, I very well may, since it’s been such a positive experience for me.


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