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The Stash Sock Club 2014

I've been getting all sorts of emails for delicious and intriguing yarn clubs -- none of which I can afford in the coming year. Sadly, I'm on a serious yarn diet at the moment due to finances, which is somewhat depressing because, well, the idea of lovely yarn coming to my mailbox is always a pick-me-up after a bad day.

Then I look at the stash, which, while not as large as some folks, is still quite sizeable and I could easy knit for a year or two before finding myself in danger of running low. This doesn't include the unfinished objects on the needles already, so despite not being able to purchase fiber, I still have plenty of supplies. I also have a large number of patterns that I'd like to knit. Hence, the Stash Sock Club 2014.

Take twelve patterns you'd like to knit and match them up with twelve skeins you think they would be perfect for. Some people say put patterns and yarn in an envelope that you can't see through. I set up index cards with the yarn and pattern on them. (I follow my patterns on a knitting app on my iPad, so I don't do printouts any more.) Then, at the beginning of the month, pick an envelope at random and that is your club yarn and pattern for the month!

Definitely not my original idea; there's been such groups on Ravelry and various knitting blogs for at least five years now. But this year, when I'm definitely feeling the pinch, it seems like a good idea. I know I've got several knitters out there on my friends list, so who's with me?

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Dec. 14th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
I like that idea, but I don't have a large yarn stash.
Dec. 14th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
How large of a stash do you have? The Stash Sock Club offers all sorts of options? ;)

Seriously, I need to knit down some of the stash I do have before I can justify buying more yarn. I have way too many unfinished objects and way too many things in my revelry queue. And there's this shawl I want to design based on the pictures I was able to take of Loki's costume when we went to see Thor: The Dark World. (They had his, Fandral's and Sif's costumes on display.)
Dec. 15th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
I mostly knit gift items whether they are socks (somewhat rarely) or baby items, so I wait for an occasion to choose a pattern and with any luck yarn from my stash.
Dec. 14th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great idea to me. I definitely have a year's worth of sock yarns and patterns I'd like to knit! I'll give it a go!
Dec. 14th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Great! Plus, having put the stuff away, it's like a surprise when you pull it out. When I cataloged the yarn stash following the move, there were skeins I'd seriously forgotten I had. (Not everything is up on Ravelry yet.)
Dec. 14th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Have you tried the Fish Lips Kiss Heel yet?
Dec. 14th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
No -- but it definitely looks interesting. Just grabbed the instructions because I am always looking for ways to build a better heel.
Dec. 14th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Make the template, then try the heel. You may never look back. Even if you don't exactly like it, those twin stitches are a better mousetrap when it comes to short rows anywhere.
Dec. 14th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
I picked up yarn for several projects I want to do when I was at Rhinebeck. I just finished the first one (a Vodka Lemonade sweater) last night. Next up, well at least once I finish the Podster gloves I'm knitting for my sister's Christmas gift, is a Pi shawl, then an entrelac wrap called Stampede. (The pattern's on Ravelry. I'd link but my keyboard is dying so I no longer have a functioning equal sign key.)

I also have a cabled sweater, a shawl, and a sock yarn cowl in hibernation that I plan on finishing next year. Then there's the miscellaneous other patterns that I want to knit and that I do have appropriate yarn for in my stash.

I'm not doing exactly what you're planning, but I'm definitely with you in spirit.
Dec. 15th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Oooh, I like the Stampede pattern. That's been added to the library. (Can I just say how much I love the library feature on Ravelry -- lets me keep track of my wants.)

Glad to have you with me in spirit. Here's to a good year of knitting. :)
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