The subject of having a Yarn Will came up a few weeks ago and I thought it was an interesting topic.
Of course we all joke that we have reached SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) many times over, but if you’re like most people, you continue to see must-have yarn that you want to add to your wonderful stash. So – the stash continues to grow (and we are always happy about that here at Loopy)!
First of all, why continue to grow a stash if you have “enough” yarn?
(“Enough” being in quotes, because can you ever have enough? I think not.)
New colors and techniques.
There are different types of yarn, new things pop up all the time, and you want to make sure you have some of each. Striping? Solids? Semi-Solids? Tonals? Speckles? Cashmere? Bamboo? Rustic wool? Soft wool? There is always something fun and new to try out and collect.
There are a lot of new dyers out there. First of all, be careful to select dyers who have a track record. You want dyers who know what they are doing, and who are making colors that last! It’s fun to try a new line, and with most hand-dyed colors, if you see something you like, get it while you can. It might look completely different the next time it comes out of the dyebath. Most os us like to collect yarn from different dyers and different companies.
New projects to make.
Are you still knitting the same types of things you were knitting when you first started? I started out knitting scarves out of worsted weight yarn. Then I was all about socks with fingering weight yarn. Soon I added in shawls in fingering weight yarn. Then I wanted to do sweaters in sport or dk. With each new type of thing I learned to knit, I needed different yarn (or different quantities). I found I had a lot of single skeins of yarn that were really only good for socks. I have learned to buy more than a single odd skein here and there, as having more yardage in my stash gives me more options. And of course I buy multiple skeins of the dk, sport or worsted weight yarn that I want to use for sweaters one day.
All that to say, we do end up with a lot of yarn over time. All well loved, and all full of endless possibilities. That’s one of the fun things about being a knitter. That ball or skein of yarn can become almost anything.
But what happens to all of that beautiful yarn when you are gone?
You have some really nice yarn and you don’t want it to all end up at Goodwill, right?
Here are some things to think through when making a Yarn Will.
Do you have knitting friends who would love some of your favorites?
One friend who likes striping? One who likes Wollmeise? One who likes anything with cashmere? Make a list of people you would like to pass yarn on to (and who would welcome it). Maybe you will leave a few special skeins to a few special friends and the rest can go to your knitting group to sort through. Write that down.
Sort your yarn stash into different bins.
- Bin A = the really good stuff that will go to your knitting group or knitting friends. Favorite brands, favorite blends, favorite colorways. (Note – this also might be your favorite bin to knit out of. It’s not a bad thing to use up all of the Bin A yarn yourself!) Put a list of your knitting friends or knitting group in that bin.
- Bin B = Good basics and good quality yarn. This is great yarn to donate to school knitting programs, church knitting groups, and retirement centers. They all should be knitting with good quality yarn, and they will love the donation. Put a list of local schools, churches, and/or retirement centers in that bin.
- Bin C = The yarn you don’t really like any more, or yarn you bought on sale and now don’t know what to do with. I would like to make a case for donating that yarn to Goodwill right now! Why keep it? But if you still like having it on hand, then this is the bin for your family to donate to Goodwill one day. People are always looking for bargains and someone will no doubt be delighted to come upon that in the aisles. Put a note to donate that bin to Goodwill.
What about patterns, books, needles and accessories?
Needles and accessories would be a great addition to most school knitting programs, as well as churches and retirement centers. Patterns and books are something that your knitting friends at your knitting group might like to look through.
It’s not something we really like to think about – a time when we won’t be around to use our yarn and a need for a Yarn Will. But with a little careful planning, your family will be able to give something special to a lot of people through the things that you purchased with love and great intentions.
Food for thought.
Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew
P.S. And then, of course, there is the fabric stash …. 🙂