One of my informal goals in 2022 was to knit from my stash (isn’t that every knitter’s new year goals?). I say informal because I wasn’t militant about it, but rather, I was mindful with my purchases. That said, my stash did grow quite a bit in 2022, but it did go down somewhat as well.
For example, Feel the Bern was a quick knit that used over 600 metres of worsted weight yarn. If you’re looking for a project to do some stash busting or to help practice colourwork, this is a great pattern for it.
My Temperance Shawl was also a great project to use two skeins of fingering yarn I had for about 2 years. However, I did have to buy one more skein to work the project, but I love this shawl. Wearing it is like wearing a socially acceptable blanket around.
My Icefall sweater also used up stash yarn that had been kicking around for some time. Now, this was a WIP that had been WIP-ing for over a year by the time it was finished. I was pleased to use a gradient yarn for the colourwork because it added interest with no effort on my part at all. I also was pleased to use this gradient because I wasn’t quite sure how else to use this particular yarn. Its gradient-ness was a surprise for me once I wound it into a ball, but with the burnt orange, it looks good in this sweater.
These three are the projects that put the biggest dent in my stash. I made a few cowls and socks that also helped work down a skein or two.
For 2023, as I’ve written, I have four projects with yarn and patterns, all I’ll need to do is cast on. Here’s hoping I can continue to work away at the stash, while, maybe, adding a little more along the way, if the yarn is right.