My second goal this holiday was to get my stash into Ravelry so I could get a sense of what I have.
Well, that proved to be an interesting task. I got all my tools together today and started cataloguing.
The handiest thing (besides the coffee) was this nifty new scale I got for Christmas. It helped me calculate how much of those leftover balls of yarn I had hanging around. I love how small it is; it fits in my knitting bag.
(Those smudges are Lindor tracks to check scale accuracy)
Small amounts went into the bag of cast-offs for the daycare to use for crafts. The rest is in a bag for a crazy weaving project or something. But now at least I know that those things exist.
The rest, well, there's a lot. As I write this, I realize I forgot a box in the basement, so let's say I have about 60km of yarn stashed. That's 60,000 metres. Ouch.
I found some real gems in those baskets: 500 yards of cashmere/silk fingering weight yarn, three 2000m cones of worsted weight wool tweed I bought about 5 years ago for a song, a sweater's worth of Rowan yorkshire aran tweed in a beautiful colour and lots and lots of possibilities. It made me want to swatch and cast on a bunch of new projects (though that could also be due to the fact that I've been knitting my Grey Mist Bohus exclusively for a few weeks now).
And it made me happy with what I have. I like that part. A lot.
I'm not going to commit to knitting exclusively from stash, because I already know that doesn't work, but I have committed to seriously thinking before I buy more yarn, especially single balls that are pretty but seem to just sit in my stash being pretty (not that there's anything wrong with that; I'm just running out of room). And I'll also be posting a tiny stash sale of sweater-lots of yarn soon. While I found some really pretty things, I also found some beautiful yarns that I don't care to knit with, or just aren't me and it's time to let them become part of someone else's stash.
BTW, I didn't photograph anything. I will photograph things when I pull them out, or if I acquire something new, but it was just too much work to do everything right now. And it wasn't really the point for me--I wanted the spreadsheet so I could compile some statistics on my stash (I'm geeky that way).