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Too. Much. Yarn. 
28th-Dec-2012 03:08 pm
Ok, so I've got most (but assuredly not all) of my stashed yarn posted to my Ravelry account. I've even asked for "yarnie" ownership of the Giant Cricket brand name on Ravelry so that I can add yarn to the database and put up pictures, etc. Now there comes the fact that I need to get out there and *use* that yarn.

I have solid plans for a scant handful of the yarn. The 5 skeins of alpaca are supposed to be a triangle shawl. The two skeins of araucania (sugar cane!) are supposed to be a scarf (for which I have a specific pattern on file). Etc. But there is a lot of yarn that is basically a random acquisition* and has suffered from an aimless existence. That is slowly changing now that I've got an idea of just what I've got, how much, and types. Ravelry is good for that, since I can see what other people have done with the same yarn that I've got stashed.

1) My goal with anything big and fuzzy is to create a quick scarf/cowl/etc. and get it into the box for next year's craft show. Hence the "Fast Christmas scarf" label and the "box" label.

2) As soon as we've got the Christmas wrap cleaned up, I'm deploying my Kromski loom. I need a faster way to eat yarn (especially my GCF yarn), and that's the best thing I've got. I have a nice off-white linen warp already measured and waiting.

3) I like the look of the "knit a monster" book. The monsters look like fun, and I know a number of people who need a stuffed monster in their lives.

and 4) I may have to transition to books-on-tape. They drive me batshit for being too slow, but they will let me "read" and knit more complicated things at the same time.

* My MIL likes to give me fun and fuzzy yarn that is a bit random at times. Hence the "MIL" tag on both the yarn and the projects done with it.
28th-Dec-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
If you're interested in knitting monsters, there's a group on Ravelry that I'm a part of called 600 Monsters Strong. It started as a response to the shooting in Newton CT, but the idea now is to knit stuffed monsters to be donated to children whose lives are touched by violence-in particular, I think, gun violence.
28th-Dec-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hint. I looked at the group sticky notes in the chat section, and it says that it is specific to Newtown and will be closing at the end of January. So I don't think it's the right group for me.
28th-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I wonder if they haven't updated the sticky thread with the stuff from the thread about The Future of 600 Monsters or the Facebook page. I haven't looked at the sticky thread in a while, but here's what the Facebook update from last night was:

"We're so, so happy to see the monsters start rolling in. They're absolutely adorable!

One of the reasons we're happy to see them arrive is that we're starting our work with other organizations to help out kids affected by gun violence. I'm sure you all saw the sad story of the firefighters shot in Rochester, NY recently. At least one of them had small children. We're in the process of getting some contact information for the families so we can coordinate a monster delivery to those kids. Having monsters on hand will make that so much easier and faster! It means our work can really begin, and the reason for that is because you all hav been so incredibly generous in your monster making. We never dreamed we'd be able to help more than just the kids in Newtown.

We are still on call for Newtown, though, so please don't think we're collecting these monsters under that guise, then passing them on to other people. The town is still recovering from the media circus, the funerals and probably dealing with a very, very hard holiday. Our contacts there are still sending positive messages, but we are respecting their privacy, as we will do for ALL the families we work with. We're hoping to get in touch and start coordinating the delivery process after the new year.

Thank you all so, so much for helping us out, and for helping these kids. Know that every monster you send will go to a good home and help a child know there are good people out there.

I hope you have had a great holiday! We're looking forward to a MONSTER New Year!"

28th-Dec-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Huh! I might join if I can get a monster done and like it.

Unfortunately, the other issue is that I have so many of my own people to give monsters that I might not want to donate them....
29th-Dec-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on posting your stash on Ravelry! I have a LOT, read, hundreds, of yarns in my stash for which I don't have set plans. I'm planning for the time when I may not be able to buy yarns indiscriminantly. If you're looking for a stash down group, I'm one of the moderators of one of them an cam send you an invite. Just shoot me a text.
29th-Dec-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have these weird Type-A stripes slashing across my Type B world, and once I start organizing something, it has to Be Done Right... until I'm done or give up again. (Example A is the bookshelf.)

I don't think I need a stash down group just yet. I think I need to get moving is all. But we shall see. Thank you for the invitation!
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