Stash Reduction/Stash Expansion: ZYG in 2012

How to achieve ZYG–Zero Yarn Growth:

I don’t have a huge yarn stash, but I certainly do have one. Over the years, one acquires yarn to precious to use up or trade away. Because I have moved 3 times in as many years, I have de-stashed quite a bit, but still… The natural dyed silk (much of it 50/2) was custom dyed for me by Cheryl Kolander in the mid-80’s. I have been carrying it around knowing that I would weave something with it some year. This will be the year!

There are at least 2 basic ways of approaching “what to make next”.
1. I want to make a set of towels to match my kitchen. I decide what fiber, colors and amounts I need and then I shop for that yarn.
2. What can I make with the yarn that I have on hand.

Of course, there are variations, but basically that’s it.

One of the techniques I use in managing “the yarn I have on hand” is to lay it out on the floor and start moving it around like a puzzle. I like to say that the yarn discusses what it wants to weave.


Sometimes these discussions can last for weeks. Both below and above show the beginning of a discussion.


Every time I weave something that reduces my stash, I will then weave something with new yarn. That way I will continue to support my yarn suppliers.

Onward to a Peaceful and Abundant new year!

This entry was posted in Fiber, Ideas, In the Studio, Weaving Philosophy.

6 Comments

  1. Valerie January 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I love the idea of discussions with yarn!

    Wishing you the best on your New Years plan!

  2. Amanda Cutler January 7, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Love stash reduction projects… until later down the road you look for THAT color and realize you already wove it up in something!! haha… Good luck with your project!

  3. Denise January 13, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    cool!

  4. Cheap Twill Weaver January 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I NEVER have too much yarn. I use it up! I do have quite a backlog of raw fleece though….

  5. LearningByReading February 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Gosh, do I ever hear you about the time it takes to acquire a yarn stash. Years and years. I guard mine with my life 🙂

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