I have been having setbacks on the destashing goal. It's now a month since my challenge started, and until today I was actually up a few grams in the stash (about two balls of yarn's worth). It's not because I'm buying at random, thank heavens — it's really because I've had to buy more yarn for gift projects. However, that's all done now (I think I have enough to complete all the gift projects in my queue) and there's starting to be a light at the end of the gift-knitting tunnel. I am desperately hoping that by November 13th, I'll be down to two gift projects and nothing else.
Why November 13th? Well, there's something happening around then…
And a certain Epic Elekk is very excited about it…
Yes, November 13th is the release date for Wrath of the Lich King, the second World of Warcraft expansion. Grant and I pre-ordered our copies from Amazon last night (Amazon is offering in-home-on-release-date-delivery for Amazon Prime members, which we are; good for them for that, because they didn't do that when Burning Crusade was released).
I don't really anticipate more World of Warcraft-related knitting projects, but I will say that I get a surprising amount of knitting done while waiting for people to gather for dungeons, flying around on gryphons, and generally waiting while stuff gets done. So, with any luck, even after November 13th, I'll have something to post about. :)
Meantime, today someone I know mentioned that one of her wishlist items was "self-striping sock yarn". It so happens I have quite a lot of that still in my stash, and the more I think about it, the more I realize it's just never going to get knit. I ended up packing up about 600g worth of self-striping sock yarn for her, which feels like a very cheaty way to destash yarn, but at this point, drastic steps need to be taken in a hurry. Remember how I said I'd finished buying all the yarn for gift projects? Well — I have… but 1000g of it hasn't arrived yet, so it isn't technically on the spreadsheet (or in Ravelry). When it gets here, I'm going to be behind again. (On the bright side, it's gift yarn. It will be all knit up by Christmas… minus the few extra skeins I bought for sanity's sake.)
As of today, I have 25,682g of yarn in my stash — 594g less than on 9/26/08. I'm going to call that my October count (as I totally forgot to take a measurement on 10/26), and hope that by 11/26, I've made a little more progress. To meet my goal, I really need to be destashing or using about 1kg of yarn per month.
…something tells me some more hardcore destashing is going to be necessary in the long run. People who want to be informed when I start destashing cashmere, I suggest you make yourselves known sooner rather than later. ^_^