Stashdown 2017 – June progress

June, the halfway point in the year, saw the completion of both knitting and spinning projects, both decreasing and increasing my stash. Let’s see how it all played out.

It began with the completion of another Viajante (aka giant vagina) which I had been working on at Bungay. This used up a total of 2,078 yards.

I also did a little pre-Tour spinning, turning 100g of Oatmeal BFL into 526 yards (and 113g) of a light fingering weight 2-ply yarn:

Another 100g of BFL, this time in a natural brown, was turned into 498 yards (and 101g) of light fingering weight 2-ply:

The rest of June was spent working on another knitting project that is still a WIP as the Tour de Fleece takes over in July.

Total monthly yarn out:  2,078 yards, 176g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,024 yards, 214g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,054 yards, (38)g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 200g.

Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 6,318 yards, 1,355g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,617.5 yards, 2,805g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,300g.


Tour de Fleece 2017 – under starter’s orders

The Tour de Fleece (and Tour de France) are scheduled to start tomorrow and I have selected the fibre I would like to try and spin this year. It is a bit of a stash-busting challenge (which fits in nicely with my 2017 stashdown challenge) and features a wishlist of what I would like to get through over the next 21 days of spinning (I will be taking different rest days to the cyclists).

TDF 2017 – start

In order of spinning there is:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey
  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway
  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway
  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn
  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway
  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway
  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway
  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway
  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre, which should be possible given that I can usual spin 100g of singles on a good day. Add in another third of a day of plying for each 100g spun and it should come out just about right.

Stashdown 2017 – May progress

May saw a net addition to my stash as the only project I managed to complete in month was spinning up 300g (really 315g) of white Southdown top into 1,394 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.

Knitting was perpetrated, but nothing was finished during May.

Total monthly yarn out: 1,394 yards, 315g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn increase:  1,394 yards, 315g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.

Total yarn out ytd: 8,857.5 yards, 3,964g
Total yarn in ytd: 5,294 yards, 1,141g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 3,563.5 yards, 2,823g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,100g.


Stashdown 2017 – April progress


April was a quiet month in my stashdown challenge, and I have only just got round to having photos taken of what I did complete. Just a short-sleeved stranded pullover in handspun this month, which used up 927 yards of yarn. No yarn in though, which is just as well with Tour de Fleece starting to approach on the horizon.

Total monthly yarn out: 927 yards, 226g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 927 yards, 226g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 8,857.5 yards, 3,964g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,957.5 yards, 3,138g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.

Stashdown 2017 – March progress

Marathon training is getting in the way of stashdown progress, but while I didn’t make a dent on my fibre stash (my legs don’t need the extra work!) I did manage to get a little bit of knitting done.

I started with some delightful feminist mittens which used up 277 yards of yarn:

Then I finally found a project for my rainbow yarn (which I was going to use in the mittens, but it was too busy), turning it into a shawlette (using up 525 yards):

And matching hat (another 243 yards):

Total monthly yarn out: 1,045 yards, 237g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,045 yards, 237g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 7,930.5 yards, 3,738g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,030.5 yards, 2,912g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.

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.

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.

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.

Stashdown 2017 – January progress

January has come and gone and so too has some of my stash (both yarns and fibre). I started by sorting through my yarn stash and donated yarns that I wouldn’t use to my local Children’s Scrapstore. This got rid of a large chunk which was mostly thick (and cheap) cotton bought to practise the principles of weaving with when I first got my loom.

Unwanted yarn ready to be sent to children's scrapstore tomorrow #stashdown2017

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In total that reduced my stash by 3,278.5 yards and 2,575g (remembering that for some of these yarns I have only weight and not yardage).

I also got on with some spinning for a blanket I am planning to weave, starting with 300g of Black Welsh top turning into 1,322 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn (which now weighs 304g)

Next I tackled some grey Corriedale fibre, turning what was supposed to be 100g into 524 yards and 105g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Then I spun up 100g of dark brown Corriedale to make 107g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn totally 476 yards.

Turns out the people I have been buying this fibre from have been overestimating slightly on the weight.

A quick reminder of what I started the year with (adjusted for some white Welsh top that had been spun but not marked as completed at the end of the year):


  • 56,641.8 yards
  • 15.071kg


  • 4.45kg

Total monthly yarn out:  3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total monthly yarn in: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 500g.

Revised totals:


  • 55,685.3 yards
  • 13,012kg


  • 3.95kg

Total yarn out ytd: 3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total yarn in ytd: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 500g.


Tepid Sheep 2017

In 2016 I swore off buying any yarn or fibre at all, aiming to reduce my existing stash.

I succeeded in reducing my fibre stash by 3.539kg and my yarn stash by a net 7,108 yards (reducing fibre stash increases yarn stash, so I think I did pretty well here).

I have just checked what I am starting 2017 with and it looks to be 56,265.8 yards/14.969kg of yarn (I don’t have yardage for all of the yarn) and 4.45kg of spinning fibre.

I am going to aim to reduce both stashes as much as possible, but am not banning myself from buying new additions (particularly fibre) this year. With that aim in mind I am going to try and get back into weaving, and also have a good sort through my stash and get rid of items that I am unlikely to ever use (there’s really no point it taking up space).

I can’t be bothered to drag my stash out for a photo session as I did last year, so here’s a public doman picture of some cold-ish looking sheep from Pixabay instead.

Cold Sheep 2016 – December progress and end of year review

December was a quiet month. I knit a hat for a friend, using up 138 yards of yarn:

And then decided at the last minute to make myself a festive jumper, finishing it on Christmas Eve and using up 1,585 yards of yarn:

I didn’t do any spinning this month.

Total monthly yarn out: 1,723 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,723 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out in 2016: 22,368 yards
Total yarn in 2016: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease in 2016: 7,108 yards

Fibre stash reduction in 2016: 3,539g.

I think I will continue to try and work from my existing stash as much as possible in 2017, but lift the restrictions on not buying anything new (particularly fibre), so ‘lukewarm sheep’ maybe. I will also try and get back into weaving in 2017 as that is a good way to use up yarn and you can always do with more stoles and blankets.


Cold Sheep 2016 – November progress

No spinning this month, and it was Vestvember, so a good chunk taken out of my yarn stash.

The first vest I made was knit at a loose gauge for extra squish and used 1,071 yards of yarn:

The second vest was knit at a slightly tighter gauge and I had to squeak out every inch of the base colour, using up a total of 1,157 yards:

Total monthly yarn out: 2,228 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 2,228 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out year-to-date: 20,645 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease year-to-date: 5,385 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 3,539g.