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    State of the Yarn Stash 2011

    On Monday I mentioned the yarn stash, and how next year I’d like to do nothing but knit from stash or buy yarn from small-time producers.

    And everyone was like, “Didn’t you say that last January? How did that go, by the way?”

    I keep this ridiculously complicated and intricate Excel workbook to track my yarn usage. I freely admit that it is crazy to do this. But! It means that I can trot out figures like this with just a few minutes of clicking:

    Yards of yarn in stash on 1/1/11: 24,209
    Yards of yarn in stash on 11/30/11: 20,571
    Yards of yarn used in 2011: 7,709

    Obviously these numbers are still provisional, since it’s not the end of the year. (I TOLD YOU I WAS CRAZY ABOUT THIS.) But as you can see, I bought some yarn, and used some yarn, and overall I would say there was a pretty good flow.

    But it also means that I still have 19.65 months of yarn on hand, at my current average rate. So there’s still some work to be done.

    Ready for the chart?

    2011 yarn stash stats

    Mm, I love a good chart.

    I’ll try to get some pictures of the actual yarn soon. No promises – the weather has been pretty horrible lately.

    9 comments to State of the Yarn Stash 2011

    • When you post this sort of thing, I feel like mailing you sock yarn. (all of my sock yarn is from indies)

    • Erika

      Hee hee! Actually sock yarn is probably at least half of the yardage I have on hand…I got way out of control with the sock yarn in my early years as a knitter, before I realized how much slower it is to knit than to buy!

    • But that’s less than 2 years worth of knitting! What if you get snowed in!?!

    • I LOVE your chart. And your idea. I think the hardest part would be the initial tally–and the heartstopping moment of seeing the yardage total. Maybe it would be easier in meters 😉

      I see a 2012 resolution coming at me. . .

      (I used to keep track of my fabric usage, but only starting from 0–I never went back and counted the number of stash yards, only the in and out yards. I think this may have been purposefully self-deceptive.)

    • You bought four thousand yards of yarn last year? Tsk. :)

    • Erika

      Isn’t that terrible? It didn’t seem like that much at the time!

    • Makes me want to go into my chart (inspired by you) and figure out how many average months of knitting I have available to me!

    • I think for people who knit socks, it’s a general truism that half our stash-yarn yardage is sock yarn. I know mine is…..might be even more than half.

    • I love me a good chart, too. You knit nearly 8k yards (I typed yarns first) in 2011? Good on ya, mate!

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