I’ve been keeping track of my efforts to use up my stashed materials and to avoid acquiring new ones, and so far that has in a large part manifested as spinning. I finished spinning three skeins (of varying lengths) of wool that had been hanging around for a while, all dyed as roving or locks. These skeins are all in my “for sale” box, rather than in the fiber stash, so I consider it a success.
I received a care package from my dad with some gorgeous alpaca fiber, which unfortunately needs to be added to the stash, but since it’s so lovely I doubt it’ll stick around long! He sent two ounces of a light chocolate brown alpaca, and an ounce of similar-colored Romney top.
I also received a very sweet, generous Fibreshare package last week. My Fibreshare partner sent some KnerdString fingering weight yarn, some fingering weight yarn that she dyed herself, a cake of NatureSpun yarn, and some Unicorn Tails from Madeline Tosh. She also included a couple of very sweet pins (one in tribute to Kumquat, and one from Fancy Tiger Crafts), an adorable succulents-themed coloring book, some tasty caramels, and a FibreShare drawstring bag. What a lovely and thoughtful package!
The KnerdString and hand-dyed fingering yarn will join some other stashed yarns to become a Find Your Fade shawl. I really love the design, which is no surprise since I think that Andrea Mowry can do no wrong! I’m not usually one to buy patterns or to knit what others are knitting, and I suppose I have a reputation for tinkering with patterns and making things up as I go along (I think I’ve earned that), but sometimes I go along with trends. I plan to follow the pattern relatively faithfully, with the exception of the ‘color-melting’ section between my first and second colors. I had enough of my first color for a few extra rows, and rather than let the last few yards of it languish in my stash for who knows how long, I added a couple additional rows of the color melting before continuing on with the second color. This is going to be a fabulous stash-busting pattern!