stash pt. 2

My year of knitting and spinning from stash is almost up, boy does time flies. It's pretty wild to think back on the things I've made from what I *thought* was just a tiny little bit of yarn/fiber (not to mention how much more confident and adventurous I feel with my spinning).

There’s quite a few things that I’ve enjoyed about this whole experiment -

  1. I’m making things (!) - no analysis paralysis

  2. I’m using what I have - waste not, want not

  3. I’m getting to think creatively within constraints

One project that stands out from the others though is this beauty.

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This is Lovage by Marie Wallin and all 18 colorways used are scraps; some bits from the leftover bins at my work, others repurposed from projects started with the best intentions but ripped out with enthusiasm, and a few given to me by Andy or other folks wanting to contribute to my efforts.

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The yoke was so fun to knit, especially since I was choosing colors on the fly, and each band is delightfully different just the way I like it!

stash pt. 1

My goal this year has been two-fold: to knit from stash, and to spin whatever else was needed. Since my making is rooted in my politics, each unused skein of yarn or neglected cake is a not-so-subtle reminder of my consumptive habits and lack of impulse control concerning all things wool.

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"Reduce, re-use, recycle" and "make do and mend" are common phrases heard in my house. And in all aspects of my life, I strive to reduce the footprint I'm leaving behind on this planet. When it comes to the art of making, these phrases I so hold dear get complicated and twisty. Often I need materials, so I'll go buy things. While buying local is my first preference, sometimes things need to be ordered online, but regardless either myself or the delivery person is driving around burning fossil fuels to get the thing to me.

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So, what am I doing about all this. 

The first step is simple; use what I have. Whether that's ripping out old projects that haven't been finished or using up the skeins and cakes that have sat on the shelf for far too long, using what's already within arms reach alleviates stash related anxiety as well as capitalistic urges to consume, consume, consume. 

I've happily begun the adventure of working through my stash, and so far have finished a Beach Tank and a pair of socks. Soon to follow are some sweater WIPS including Kumon, Yves, and Lovage. It's been really liberating so far to watch the skeins dwindle, even if only the smallest of dents has been made in my yarn cubby. 

Stay tuned for stash pt. 2 where I'll talk more about my stash busting projects!