I have two stashes in my house, one is the basket of yarn I use often and have bought for special projects, or nicer yarns that have been gifted to me.
Over the past five years, after my grandmother's friend learned I like to knit, she has been so sweet in bringing over bags (literally full garbage bags) or yarn. This has become the "other" stash. The volume, quite frankly, has been so much I hadn't had the chance to completely organize it until this past week.
Well, the first thing I had to do was get rid of the knot...
The yarn in the bags is mostly acrylic (1980s versions of red hart and carron, plus a bicentennial red, white, and blue combo of yarn), and time has done it's damage to most of the skeins. Some of them have lost their (relative) softness, sheen, or ability to withstand more than a few rows of knitting without breaking. Those, unfortunately, I had to throw out.
Olefin is sort of like acrylic. It's also used to make rope and wallpaper and has become my least favorite type of yarn to work with EVER.[/caption]
What I had left was a huge pile of acrylic plus a few gems.
Some DK sock yarn and a tiny, tiny bit of mohair
There was also this bizarre skein with no label, mohair-like texture, but totally unlike anything I'd seen:
I had also been in the habit of putting leftover skeins from projects in the bags as well. I finally separated out my collection of scraps.
I'm not sure what plans are yet for all this acrylic and leftovers. Though I don't consider myself a yarn snob, I really don't like having anything that squeaks when I knit with it anywhere near my skin. Maybe a bag? A chair pad? Any ideas?
Finally, I found a bunch of un-dyed wool. Next time I'm in the grocery store I am going to pick up so Kool-Aid to hand dye these. I might try tea-dying too.
What are some of your favorite stash-buster projects?