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.


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    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!

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    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!

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    Denise January 13, 2012 at 5:04 am #


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    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….

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    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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