Saturday, April 01, 2006

Flash Your Stash 2006 Many many photos

We'll start with the overview
This is my basement lair, where I putter with yarn and fabric

The Wall O Yarn is 8 feet wide, 2 feet deep and about 6 feet high. Many of the boxes and bins are packed tight

What Does 106 Quarts of Yarn Look Like? Like this...


Big Box of Cones
It's all because of WEBS and their great bag price on Jo Sharp

Every stash needs a little Koigu

Blackberry Ridge wool/silk blend

recent ReKAL yarn: from a thrift shop sweater, hand-dyed by me and Owen, with Wilton's coloring

Knit One Crochet Too Parfait: lots of a dusky lilac color, six skeins of brown

More Knit One Crochet Too Parfait, a nice blue and a basic grey

Miscellaneous yarns:

nov5 yarn crawl

Additionally, here are links to last year's photos that are still part of the stash this year
A whole lot of mohair
Lovely yarn from Harrisville (where is that hiding right now?)
More mohair
Still more mohair
Classic Elite Tapestry
Schaeffer Yarns merino
Pastel mohairs
Jewel tone mohairs
Manos and other miscellany
Patons Classic I have more of this now, too.

There's more than this. I just can't dedicate the time and energy to documenting all of it. In my own defense, I'll point out that the vast majority of yarn found its way to me for free or very inexpensively. My grandmother gave me all her mohair, which she bought from a yarn store going out of business sale, circa 1970. My mom and dad found several very large boxes of yarn being thrown out in the aftermath of an estate sale. The thrift shops here have been incredible sources of cheap yarn. So, as bad as this looks, my cash outlay for yarn has not devastated my family finances. Maybe by next year I can prune it back to about 60% of the current quantity. Probably not, but that's a worthy goal.


Laura said...

60%! that's a lot of knitting you are planning to do. Or are you planning on giving some away? (I can send you my address...)

I'm very impressed with your stash and your work area and your understanding DH. I don't think my hubby would ever allow me to have that much unknit yarn at one time.

Thanks for flashing!

helen said...

i agree with Laura..will also send you my addy.

i remember that lovely jewel tone mohair from last year *happy sigh*

Anonymous said...

Wow, you've got some yarn there. I have a hank of Pingouin Fleur de Laine in the exact same shade of yellow. I've had that since before my favorite yarn shop closed in 1990. It was left from a sweater I made that is long gone. I'm too afraid to photograph my stash.

Becky in Iowa :O) said...

Holy crow!!!! I'm definately going to be showing your site to my folks when I see them tomorrow. Maybe they will stop yapping at me about how much yarn I have. hehehehehe

Maybe I'll try and get my stash photographed, but I've got lots to do tomorrow so I probably be late. lol

Terby said...

If I show that to my husband, I don't think he'll let me play with you anymore. Of course, now I REALLY want to come over and see it in person!
The Jo Sharp looks heavenly - I started playing with some of the Silkroad Aran, and it's my new favorite thing ever.

Marie said...

Ack! You started without me! I gotta go publish my stash post!

That's quite a bit of yarn ya got there. Can I come over?

Sssarahevt said...

I'm filled with admiration/jealousy that you have a special area for all your goodies!!! My yarn shares space with my textbooks and computer equipment...something for me to strive to!!!

Wendy said...

I saw that Koigu...and you KNOW what I think about that!

Ali said...

I especially liked the "Tub-O-Fingering Weight". Wow!

So, you're saying Jo Sharp, kept in a "Tuff-Keeper", with the lid on for an extended period of time, will reproduce? Good to know ;)

Zonda said...

Wow! That's all I can say! Amazing! See I knew mine wasn't that big ;)

Sherry W said...

Holy COW! You don't need any koigu mill ends!!!

Karen said...

Can I please be you when I grow up? Please? :)

That's some stash there!!

zib said...

And once again your blog has lived up to its name.
I'd love to wallow a bit in your Jo Sharp btw ;)

Thank you for the flashin!

peri said...

You are such an enabler. I now feel enabled to fit more yarn into my home!

Marji said...

lovely Miss SABLE, just lovely.

sgeddes said...

Are you adopting people? You have enough yarn to open a shop! I showed my husband your stash - he now realizes how reasonable mine is!

cpurl17 said...

WOW. I hope you have a long, long, long life! :)

allisonmariecat said...

I showed my husband your stash, and now he doesn't complain about all my yarn :)

My Jo Sharp has been breeding too! Darn WEBS. Darn bookmark for WEBS that I check once a week...

Chelle said...

Great Stash! I too subscribe to the Rubbermaid tote and archive box method of stash storage!

Weird Jo Sharp (same shades as yours) is also breeding....hmmmmmm?

thomasina said...

Love the tub 'o fingering weight, especially the Harrisville Shetland... some nice fair isle moments waiting in there!

tangognat said...

I'm in awe.

JessaLu said...

Very impressive!

Bezzie said...

Wow, your basement is like the Batcave of knitting. You've given us all something to aspire to!

Mary, Mary... said...

Flashing at its finest!

trek said...

That's a scary lot of knitting to plan!

My Stash Flash

Wendy DG said...

Man, I wish I had a basement! Love the Blackberry Ridge.

lee said...

I had no idea what SABLE would look like. Sigh, my stash is pathetic. Any chance you're willing to trade for fabulous homemade preserves?

Carolyn said...

Do you charge entry fees for people to go into your basement? Now that's what I call a stash ;)

CBear said...

What are your hours? Can I bring a guest?


Not Jenny said...

I bow down to you--and I will show hubby your pictures so he will stop bugging me about all of my yarn. I want a yarn lair!!!

Jerry & Maxy said...

Just amazing! But I would expect nothing less :).

Madisonienne said...

It is truly amazing. I'm beyond amazed, three days later..... I just can't get over the amount of yarn you have!