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There’s a fine line….

February 27, 2012
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There’s a fine line between hobby and obsession.

I love yarn.  Yarn in luxury fibers like merino wool, cashmere, silk, and alpaca, especially if hand-dyed in gorgeous colors from my favorite yarn companies: Three Irish GirlsAnzula and Yarn Love. Yes, I’m a bit of a yarn snob. Some might even call it an addiction. Yarn in bright happy colors! The squishy-ness of it! Yarn in dark, moody colors for those times when I’m moody (I’m sure most of you are shocked to learn that I can, at times, be moody). Sometimes, I walk to my yarn shelves and smush my face into the face-level yarn. For me, that’s the red, blue, and black cashmere, merino, nylon blends from Anzula on the far left of the bottom shelf.

Not all my yarn is on those shelves though. Some of it hides in various other locations in my house,  leftovers from commissioned projects and projects that never came to fruition.  I usually use this stuff for mundane purposes like tying a bow around a gift or as waste yarn for another project.

This weekend, I dug all the yarn out of its various hiding spots, took pictures and added them to my yarn inventory both in Excel and on Ravelry.  I have even included the 6 skeins I ordered last week that haven’t arrived yet. I have over a full marathon (26.2 miles) of yarn, with the majority of it being the hand dyed luxury fibers previously mentioned. That’s 181 skeins for 64 different knitting projects. If I can finish 1 project a month, this stash will keep me knitting for over 5 years. Hmm, maybe addiction isn’t too far off?

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that the above total does not include scrap yarn. The scrap yarn was divided into two categories: Hexipuff or Bird. Hexipuff yarn will be used to make a Beekeeper’s Quilt (designed by Tiny Owl Knits) that is comprised of lots of little “hexipuffs” tied together with quilt ties.
At the time of this post, I’ve completed 3 hexipuffs. I need 384 hexipuffs for a 3′ x 4′ quilt. Clearly, I have some work to do but I am so excited to have a fun project for all the yarn scraps from the above mentioned hand dyed, luxury yarns. Hey, this stuff isn’t cheap! I want to use every last yard!  

Scrap yarn was deemed unworthy for a hexipuff if there is too little of it, or it’s acrylic (is my yarn snobby-ness showing again?). These scraps were put into a big bag that will be used for bird yarn. Fiber Farms published this idea for helping birds make their nests a little more colorful. The idea is that birds will take a piece or two of yarn and weave it into their nests.

I have slightly more scraps than needed for this project, so if anyone else would like to see colorful bird nests in their neighborhood and you live nearby, let me know. I have more than enough to share. *This project has been okayed by bird experts at Cornell and the Audobon Society, so it’s perfectly safe.

With addition of the hexipuff Beekeeper’s quilt to my knitting project list, I’m up to 65 projects. I should stop blogging and start knitting. I probably could have finished hexipuff #4 in the time it took me to write this post.

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