As many of you know, I decide to join in with Surmount the Stash 2012, launched by Revelations of a Delusional Knitter and hosted via Ravelry. I want to use the yarn I have, be more selective in adding new yarn to my stash and reduce the number of WIPs and unneeded FOs around the house. I set forth a month by month plan so it’s time for the January update.

January’s Stash Busting Goal

My Surmount the Stash goal for January was to take a complete inventory of my yarn stash. I wanted to see exactly what I have, get it organized to where I could use it and put it all in stash on Ravelry for easier tracking.

January Report

I more or less completed my goal. I did the following:

  • Photographed all of my yarn individually.
  • Uploaded those photos to Flickr.
  • Added the names and photos of all of that yarn to Ravelry along with the number of skeins of each.
I wanted to do the following but didn’t get around to it:
  • Add the exact name, brand and type of yarn to each Rav stashed item.
  • Add up the total number of skeins I have with a breakdown of weight and color families.
I am not going to focus on doing those extra things at this point. At the very least I can see visually what I have in my stash. Plus all of the yarn is now organized physically in the house. I’m happy with that for now.

Goals to Stay on Track

I don’t want all of that effort to go to waste. In order to stay on top of my inventory, I plan to do the following:
  • Be cautious about adding any new yarn at this point because I really honestly do have enough.
  • When new yarn is added, immediately enter it into Rav stash with the full information about the yarn and photos of the yarn.
  • When yarn is used, mark it as used on Rav.
By doing this I’ll eventually rotate out all of the currently inventoried yarn and then I’ll have the full info on all stashed yarn in my Rav page.

February Stash Busting Goals

My original goal for February was to get all of my unlisted FOs on Etsy. I am editing this goal a little bit because of changes to my plans for the Etsy store. My February goals actually are:

  • Photograph all finished crochet items.
  • Create an inventory list for those items.
  • Solidify my plans for Etsy at this time.
  • Begin action on those plans.

Do you often work from your stash?


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  1. icrochetinoh Reply

    I do often work from m,y stash. I try not to bouy anything new unless it is absolutlely necessary for somehting I am working on. then I see the clerance yarna nd I try to justify buying it.

  2. icrochetinoh Reply

    I try as much as possible to work from my stahs. I am going to do the Bernat CAL starting Feb. 15th and I pulled yarn from what I already have. I just had to buy one skein of caron one pound for it. I try hard not to buy yarn unless absolutely necessary. Even if it’s on Clearance I have to justfy buying it.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @icrochetinoh I love having a big stash to pull from because it inspires me creatively. That said, I need to reign it in this year for budget reasons!

  3. undergroundcrafter Reply

    I’m so impressed with your ability to get everything into Ravelry. I just don’t think I have the energy to do that but I’m sure it helps to seewhat you have in one spot.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @undergroundcrafter It really helped a lot that my sister was here and was willing to do a lot of the initial photography for me!!

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