2014 Stashdown: Q1



It’s hard to believe, kittens, but it’s already that time again: a quarterly stashdown update!  I left off at the end of 2013’s stashdown discussing the process and my optimism that this year would be the one that everything I’ve been learning would fall into place and click.  Thankfully I’m a person who loves the process of change and isn’t put off if it doesn’t “work” the first few go ’rounds: 2014 is my fifth consecutive year of tracking my yardage in and out of my stash.  At this point, it’s as natural as breathing.   I suspect as long as others continue to the do same, I will also track…even long after I’ve reached what I feel is the perfect stash size for me.  (I haven’t given that topic too much thought lately; I should explore it again at another time.)

If you haven’t done so already, you should click on my chart to see it full sized!  I am really proud of myself this quarter: my numbers were amazing!  In fact, I have never in the other four years of participating in Stashdown had a ratio of yards out/in that was this high. A-maze-ing.  I was rather productive while knitting as my monthly tallies have shown, but I also did a lot of destashing this quarter.  One of the interesting things that has changed for me recently is that while I love everything in my stash and have some attachment to it…I’m learning to let things go and be OK with it.  For me that’s big.  I do not often talk about it, but both of my parents have some hoarding tendencies, and I often find myself collecting items with difficulty editing or finding homes for them all.  I’m always fighting against it and trying to cull faster than it accumulates–I swear I do not know where most of it comes from!  It just appears.  Like magic.  Unhappy, stress-inducing magic.  But that’s not really here-or-there.

I know the rest of my quarters are likely to be a bit less impressive than this one: I’m going to continue working on not purchasing anything new and working through some of the excess stash I have…as well as continue to let go of skeins that I am able to reassure myself that I can live without them and they deserve a better home where they will be used.  If I can manage to not purchase much in Q2, I’m hoping I may even hit a 10:1 ratio.


  1. sewknitpicky says:

    Hello! On Ravelry there is a Stashdown group, and we have a spreadsheet for every quarter to keep track of things. It’s pretty simple: if you buy yarn to stash, you add the yardage to the “in” column, and if you finish a project with some yarn/sell the yarn/give the yarn away/trash the yarn/etc, it goes into the “out” column. You do not have to worry about what’s already in stash; the process tracks use versus purchasing/acquiring.

  2. Serenova says:

    Awesome! Thanks for telling me! I think I’ll look into it. It would certainly be interesting to see how much yarn is coming in/going out.

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