Yarn Inventory

Over the years I’ve bought yarn here, there, and everywhere. I’ve gone on yarn splurges at LYS for Yarnapolooza. Sometimes I buy yarn for specific projects that I don’t start, or finish, or have left overs from. Once I had a whole bin of yarn donated to me from a friend. And once I get this yarn I stash it around the house, my office closet, in bins under the guest bed, in $10 footstool cubes from Target, still in bags hanging from hooks.

Often times when I’m out at a craft store, craft festival or LYS, I buy yarn because it’s pretty and I think, ooh I can make something nice with that, but I don’t actually have anything in mind. So this sometimes causes me to buy too much or too little of something. But then when I want to start a project, I look at my yarn and think, there’s nothing here for the project, and I end up buying more yarn just for my project. So I thought, geez I really need to do an inventory of my yarn and update my Ravelry stash, so I know what I have on hand and maybe I can use up this yarn I already have?

So I spent the week taking inventory of most of my yarn. I still have a lot of scrap yarn and amigurumi yarn that I didn’t inventory and perhaps my next project should be improving my storage so I can see all the yarn I have.

I have a bunch of yarn that is left over from previous projects or that I’ve used on multiple projects. I still love that Ice Yarns. I’ve used that several times and I still have about 2 skeins left, so I should make something else with it. The Toft yarn is left over from several Edward’s Menagerie projects.

Some yarn in my stash is specific to future projects I have planned. I have a bunch of yarn saved for my next super secret project. This Jambalaya yarn was bought at the last Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. While going through my stash I found a yarn I had bought to make a gift for my cousin’s daughter, Marissa, abought 20 years ago. I wrote her name on the yarn, maybe if she has a daughter I can use it.

Some of my yarn is from local farms. I have some alpaca yarn from Magnus from Willowbrook Alpacas. I had adopted an alpaca for my friend for a year and we visited Marcus during Yarnapolooza II: The Marcus Adventures. And the Mohair is from Underhill Farm. I met the owners during the last Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival 2019.

I also have a few kits to complete. I have a few of these Outlander kits and some amigurumi kits, and a Stunning Strings kit.

A few years ago a friend gifted me a huge bin of yarn, and there was some really nice yarn in there too! These pics are just the odds and ends from the bin, most of the yarn that still had labels ended up in the inventory and were added to the stash.

OK, well I better get busy. I have a lot of yarn I need to use up.

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival 2019 Loot

Every time, I tell myself I’m not going to spend too much.  Then I end up spending too much.  I think partly I feel guilty, like I should buy from everyone, which is ridiculous.  And no, I don’t buy from everyone, but I do buy stuff from people I like and I buy stuff that I just have to have.  So this year at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival I came home with a bunch of stuff.

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Yarnapolooza

My friend Connie and I share the same birthday.  So last year we decided to take the day off and go on a whirlwind tour of the Pittsburgh area yarn shops.  We called it Yarnapolooza.  I did a search of the area for yarn shops and came up with seven shops in and around the city to visit.  So we took the day off of work and went on our yarn shop tour.  This was the first time we visited most of these shops, so it was an exploration mission as well as a shopping extravaganza.

FYI.  I would love to own a yarn shop.  It’s like my dream job or at least a happy little fantasy in my head.  So I love to visit yarn shops.

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