Friday, 6 January 2017

Yarn diet

Yarn diet! These two little words are enough to strike fear into the heart of every knitter and crocheter, but there are times when everyone’s stash becomes unruly or just plain too large.
But can you really go without buying yarn for whole year? We thought we would put together some tips for you if you plan to make 2017 the year you get your stash under control.

Have a long hard look at your yarn. Ask yourself if you love it or can’t quite remember why you bought it? And do you really need all those parts balls that were left over from the project you finished ages ago? You may even rediscover some forgotten gems and fall in love with them all over again. 

If you don’t love a ball of yarn, then why not give it away to friends or charities where it will be enjoyed and turned it into something beautiful. 

Weigh the quantities you have and try to find a project you can make with that amount of yarn.  If you are a crocheter or someone who loves to knit Fair Isle, you’re sure to find a project to suit. Imagine all the happy hours you can spend on Ravelry finding just the right design, then pack it up with the pattern ready to use. 

Sometimes the reason that stash grows and grows is because we have either forgotten what we have or thought we had a particular yarn but can’t find it.  Why not take a small wrap of each yarn and stick it in a book with a note of the amount you have? You could also box similar yarns together so you know exactly where to find them.

Yarn is such a beautiful thing to own and will give you much pleasure when it is being used rather than hiding in a box in your loft.  Even if you decide not buying yarn for a year is too awful to contemplate we hope these tips will help you make better use of what you have.