The year of cold sheep started well with no yarn or fibre purchases in the month of January.
I managed to use up 162 yards of commercial yarn in a pair of mittens
and another 1,248 yards of handspun yarn in a short-sleeved dress
I also spun 200g of fibre into 766 yards of fingering weight yarn.
Total yarn out: 1,410 yards
Total yarn in: 766 yards
Net yarn reduction: 644 yards
Fibre stash reduction: 200g.
It’s a start.
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
and can be divided out into my weaving stash
Weaving stash January 2016
my dyeing stash
Dyeing stash January 2016
my hand-dyed yarn stash
Handdyed stash January 2016
my commercial yarn stash
Commercial yarn stash January 2016
my handspun stash
Handspun stash January 2016
my undyed single-breed fibre stash
Undyed fibre stash January 2016
and my dyed fibre stash.
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.