Category Archives: Yarn

Stashdown 2017 – February progress

February has been a quiet month in terms of stashdown. I started with spinning up some fibre, 300g (really 310g) of Corriedale becoming 1,578 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-corriedale

I then decided to try my hand at weaving to use up some yarn. It had been a few years since I’d used the loom so figured I should have a bit of a test run first. My first experiment with trying to use two heddles to weave a double wide cloth did not go as planned, and ended up in a lot of yarn, 1,007 yards, making its way to the bin (but at least it was cheap leftovers from another project).

I stuck to weaving strips of fabric from my handspun and sewing them together to make a bit of a wobbly blanket (the strips weren’t all of the same length in the end), using up 2,600 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/handspun-breed-blanket

Total monthly yarn out: 3,607 yards, 926g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,578 yards, 310g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 2,029 yards, 616g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.


Total yarn out ytd: 6,885.5 yards, 3,501g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 2,985.5 yards, 2,675g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.

Cold Sheep 2016

As I start 2016 I have taken stock (literally) of all of my yarn and fibre and decided that this is the year that I will go Cold Sheep. Going cold sheep is a commitment not to buy any more yarn (or fibre) and instead work from existing stash.

My stash is of a reasonable size

Stash January 2016

Stash January 2016

and can be divided out into my weaving stash

Weaving stash January 2016

Weaving stash January 2016

my dyeing stash

Dyeing stash January 2016

Dyeing stash January 2016

my hand-dyed yarn stash

Handdyed stash January 2016

Handdyed stash January 2016

my commercial yarn stash

Commercial yarn stash January 2016

Commercial yarn stash January 2016

my handspun stash

Handspun stash January 2016

Handspun stash January 2016

my undyed single-breed fibre stash

Undyed fibre stash January 2016

Undyed fibre stash January 2016

and my dyed fibre stash.

Dyed fibre stash January 2016

Dyed fibre stash January 2016

My plan is to only buy yarn if it is for a commission, and other than that to work exclusively from my existing stash. Unfortunately, as I use up my fibre stash I am generating more yarn and my plan is to knit 300g of yarn for every 300g of fibre I spin (a sweater coming in at about 300g or so). I am also working through my fibre stash chronologically, spinning my oldest fibre first, so expect to see a lot of undyed single-breed fibre being spun soon.

New Shop

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I wasn’t getting anywhere selling my yarn via google checkout on this website (even with advertising on Ravelry), so I bit the bullet yesterday and uploading to Etsy. I got my first sale within the first hour of them being online.

You can still access them through my Yarns page. I’ve also added some more photos to the Gallery page.

Twist and Shout

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My current knitting project (a purple cricket jumper – one day I may make a cricket jumper in a conventional colour, but I doubt that day will be anytime soon) has been put on hold as I took delivery of both a small greenhouse (perfect for drying yarn in over the winter) and 50 skeins of superwash sock yarn.

The yarn arrived in hank form in bundles of 5s, so much twisting was required to get it all into my new stackable storage bins from Ikea. All skeins are considerably longer than what I have worked with in the past, so I will have to consider my approach to variegated colourways with respect to this.

I also got 5 skeins of BFL lace to experiment with, possibly something in a more delicate, paler set of colours than the sock yarn.