I may have mentioned that I am moving to Brussels this summer for a year. (And if I haven’t mentioned it to you, you haven’t been paying attention). This means that everything we own has to be either stored, gotten rid of or shipped overseas (for a year).
The time has come for me to decide about the yarn. What do I store, what do I get rid of, what comes with me. One of the advantages of starting knitting later in life, and being a slow knitter is that I realized that I could go for quality over quantity. Which means my stash isn’t particularly large, at least by the standard of my friends (my husband may argue otherwise), but it is particularly yummy. Most is hand dyed. Some is not and is the lovely chocolate brown of the sheep it came from, or the creamy white. So visiting my stash is a fun experience.
But I must put it away for a year and half and I REALLY don’t want it eaten in the meanwhile. So I am baking it and sealing it into ziplock bags. The old bags are being repurposed and I got all new bags. I know I could freeze it but I’m not 100% certain my freezer gets cold enough (It is a deep freeze, but the door opens out). And winter is over (I hope) and so popping it outside isn’t an option. Anyways baking is faster.
I’m lucky my oven goes down to 170F so I don’t have to worry about melting any materials. (I don’t have a lot of synthetics but MCN does have nylon). I heat the oven, lay everything in single layer on my cookie sheet and into my 12″ cast iron pan (I need more cookie sheets) and pop it into the oven for an hour or so while I scrub the house for sale (or write blog posts). Then I deal with it.
I have two friends using sock weight ends in various projects (one of whom is Keri at “When did I become a Knitter” So sock ends are easy. They leave to a loving home. Note just the ends. Full skeins are MINE, MINE, MINE.
As for the rest: the problem with rummaging my stash is I want to knit all of it. NOW! Consider the rich red of this lambs wool my friend brought back from New Zealand:
Or what about this Merino Cashmere Silk (sock weight) that was in the Indigodragonfly gift-a-palooza a couple of years ago.
I think these will make the short short list. The one that I either ship to Brussels or knit up in the next 3 months. Not really sure what either wants to be yet. Besides fondled.
Now what to do with rest of it. I guess store it lovingly away while we go have our adventure. I won’t run out of yarn. I’m fairly sure there are yarn stores in Europe… plus I have friends who are willing to ship but I still want to knit All of It. NOW