After yesterday’s MONUMENTAL project – these next three days (today, Saturday, and Sunday) won’t be so bad. I’m slowly adding pictures to the stash entries, so if you’re peeking at my stash, just be patient. Pictures are coming!


31 Days To Get Your Knitting Organized: Day 10

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Day 10: What To Do With Leftover Yarn

The majority of the suggestions are to display the scraps. Nice yarn balls in a bowl, or pom poms in a mason jar, etc etc. I think Hubby would rather I didn’t put yarn on display. To be honest- I would rather not. Except for a few classic stitch patterns framed and put over my future crafting desk- I have no desire to display yarn. I have a plan for next year (already), so I’ll probably alternate my plan with charity toys, and that will use up a fair amount of my scraps. Fun, colorful toys!
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31 Days To Get Your Knitting Organized: Day 11

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Day 11: How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Yarn

So far- the best way to get rid of unwanted yarn seems to be to give it to me! lol
I even found someone’s crochet hook in with one of the yarns. It’s small, so it’s easy to miss, but I hope no one is actually missing it. It’s a good quality metal one, and at this point I don’t know who gave me that yarn, so I don’t know where it belongs. So I guess it’s mine now.

With the donated yarn- a LOT of my stash (at least 75%) is big brand yarns. So if I decide not to use them, I will probably Freecycle them. No one really looks for Big Brand yarns at Ravelry (unless they are discontinued and you only need two more balls to finish that sweater you started 10 years ago), so I don’t think putting them up for Sale/Trade in my stash would help much.
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31 Days To Get Your Knitting Organized: Day 12

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Day 12: Identifying Mystery Yarn

Ah- this is the day I’ve been waiting for! Those three mystery balls of yarn (which aren’t yet in my stash) have been waiting patiently to be identified. So today I will do the burn test to see what they are made of, then do the WPI (wraps per inch) to see their weight and gauge.

How to measure WPI:

Get a ruler and starting at a number- wrap the yarn around the ruler (putting each wrap right next to the previous one), but don’t stretch the yarn by wrapping too tightly. One you have an inch of wrapping- count your wraps and consult the chart:

Lace – WPI > 35;  > 8.5 sts/inch
Fingering – WPI 19-22; 7-8 sts/inch
Sport – WPI 15-18; 5.75-6.5 sts/inch
DK – WPI 12-14; 5.5-6 sts/inch
Worsted – WPI 9-11; 4-5 sts/inch
Bulky – WPI 7-8; 3-3.75 sts/inch
Super Bulky – WPI < 6; 1.5-3 sts/inch

The burn chart will tell you what it’s made of, and your WPI will tell you what weight it is And of course- if you have a kitchen scale- you can figure out yardage by weight. It’s not an exact science, but it will get you close enough that you can confidently craft a project with your new non-mystery yarn!

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