Last year at about this time, I decided that my resolution for 2009 was complete stash turnover. I wouldn’t stop buying yarn, but I would knit or find a new home for everything in my stash at that point.
I did pretty well at this, right up until I broke my wrist. (Damn chickens!) I’m still not back up to speed. I can only knit for an hour per session before I have to stop.
Oddly, I’ve seen a net increase in yarn over the last few months, even though I have finished a lot of projects. And I have 7,000 yards more than when I declared “stash turnover” as my goal for 2009. Hm.
Since someone always asks when I post my little graphs: I get my numbers from my Ravelry account. To download an Excel spreadsheet with your stash information, click the Excel button on your Stash page:
If you don’t have Microsoft Excel installed, you can use Open Office. It’s free, and will handle the Ravelry Excel file no problem.
Once you have opened the file, look at the “Total Yards” column. Click an empty cell at the bottom of that column, then click the “funny E” (Autosum) button.
It will add up the numbers in that column and give you the total number of yards you have on hand.
I then go the extra mile and track my numbers in a separate spreadsheet, with a fun little graph, because I like graphs. (That part isn’t, strictly speaking, necessary.)