Last year, I had excellent intentions of burning up my stash. I was going to knit only from yarn that I had and was going to save money. And I meant it, at the time. Unfortunately, a couple of sock clubs, some tempting sales and some fabulous yarn have been my undoing. I stopped keeping track of the yarn diet sometime in November. I guess I didn't want to see how much yarn I managed to accumulate.
On the other hand, I managed to knit 32 pairs of socks and or mittens. That is nothing to sneeze at. If I can manage the same this year, I might just use up some of the yarn I have lying around. I have decided not to worry about keeping track. It's my yarn and I like it. I plan on making a few sweaters this year with some of it, a shawl or two, socks and mittens. The thing I love about my stash is the potential. I pick up a ball of soft worsted and see a cowl, a scarf, a hat, colourwork on the yoke of a sweater. It could be anything I could think of. Why would I want to lose all of that food for my imagination?
I managed to whip up a few quick projects at the end of the year.
Some socks. (I'm pretty sure these took a couple of years off my life. Don't attempt men's sized socks with Socks that Rock Lightweight. I just barely had enough.)
I'm starting 2010 with some great socks on the needles and a lot of yarn waiting for me. My potential is limitless.