I transferred my plan for stash less into my Get To Work Book® and I'm happy to say, that I already completed many steps. This project really inspires me to finally make something with my stash and not only keeping it in my boxes.
But first, let's take a look back at those steps:
- go through all of my fabric and yarn and make two piles; one for keeping (= using) and one for giving away/selling DONE
The first step was probably the easiest one so far. Although I collected many skeins of yarn and fabric over the years, it wasn't hard to decide what to keep and what to give away. I learned that I have way too much colorful fabric and yarn or that I always buy stuff on sale. This means that I end up with too many skeins of yarn or fabric in small quantities. Most of the time it's not enough to create something I really need and want to make.
- make a list of all the remaining fabric and yarn. Write down exactly how much of each fabric and how many skeins of yarn I have DONE
The list-maker in me loved this step. I decided to only write down my fabric collection and added my yarn collection to ravelry. I just discovered, that you can also add your needles there.
- clear out my closet and decide which items I need and want to add to my wardrobe
Although that I clear out my closet pretty regularly I was able to fill one big bag with clothes to give away again. And I learned that there are two things missing in my wardrobe: basic black/white/gray shirts and a basic dress I can wear to work. There is not one black or white shirt in my wardrobe! I almost can't believe it.
I love to look through my "wear" Pinterest board and wish, that I have those items in my wardrobe. I guess it will take some time until I really decided what I need to add to my wardrobe to achieve the look I am aiming for.
- brainstorm possible projects that can be made with the yarn/fabric I already have
It's not easy to think about projects when you have to start with the yarn or fabric first. It's way easier the other way around.
- search for patterns which would work for what I have in mind; either from the ones I already have or new ones
--> see below under "possible projects"
- make a final list about which fabric/yarn will be used for which project with which pattern
- start working
I learned in step 3, that I have no basic shirts and really need a simple dress I can wear to work. I don't have the right fabric in my stash for a dress (love to make the Alder Shirt Dress), but there are some jersey knits I can use for some basic shirts. Besides that there are other projects I could complete to use my stash:
- There are a few jersey knits in my stash and I plan to make some Lark Tees (with short sleeves). I really love all the inspiration you can find on Instagram.
- I have a black/white woven fabric in my stash that I really want to make into summer pants. This blog post from TrueBias is what convinced me, that I can adjust her original Hudson Pant pattern into beautiful summer pants. I ordered the pattern and will start with this project soon.
- I have enough of this gray yarn in my stash to make something to wear and decided to make the Lucinda sweater. The yarn is a bit thicker than the one from the pattern but I hope this will turn out okay. This pattern will also improve my knitting skills because there are a few things I first have to look up in the internet (thanks youtube) before I can make them.
- I have two skeins of this madelinetosh yarn in my stash and I think I'll either make a hat (Diode) and/or some socks I need to wear in my rainboots (BFF socks or Irish Oats socks).
- I would also love to make the Skiff hat (the red version, but without the pompom) which would probably work well with this or this yarn from my stash.