Stash Bust: A Year Long Challenge.

In the past year or so, I have found myself compulsively buying yarn. If I tend to be frugal in certain aspects of my life, when it comes to my crafts, I tend to give them a pass. I see something I want? I buy it, even if I won't get to use it right away. It is quite comic, because I went through the same phase with books and DVDs in undergrad, only revisiting my habits when I was confronted with a long term move, where I couldn't take my collections with me. I had to sell them for pennies, and it really broke my heart. Although I have been knitting and crocheting for many years (having learned when I was a child), I didn't really get into my stashing phase until about two years ago. Today, I am a proud owner of 2 big tubs full of all sorts of yarn combinations. A good and a bad thing.

The thing is, there are always new yarns being produced, in all weights, colors and structures. As such, always giving into the temptation and constantly buying, is not (at least for me) a very good way of living my creative life. It was really at the end of last year that I came up with the realization that I needed to use everything I buy before venturing back into the store. That applied to all aspects of my life: groceries, books, beauty products and yes, yarn. And so I decided at the end of 2017 to take a step back and rethink how I shop. Or better, to use up everything before having to go out and replenish. It has been hard to not fall into temptation, but I feel like so far I have been doing well. This is why, I want 2018 to be a year of busting stashes. For the purpose of this series, I will only focus on yarn busting.

The Rules.

  1. I will not purchase new yarns or tools, unless I run out of a color to finish a project. Ideally, I will try my best to play on color combinations.
  2. I will only start projects that I can finish.
  3. Projects I tackle will have to be of use to me or those for whom I craft.*
  4. I will only be making items from my stash. 
  5. I will only be allowed to spend money on supporting materials for projects that are made from my stash (i.e., buttons, zippers...)
*This point goes along with my all-time goal to lead an intentional life, and embrace the slow-fashion movement. I want all the pieces I make to be timeless, and really serve their purpose within my closet and household.

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