I also organized my knitting tools in a nifty little take along bag.
I thought I had way too much yarn until I read everyone else's postings. 498 balls of yarn! Enough yarn for over a 100 pairs of socks?? I am so green with envy! I must get shopping! Really though, I don't want a huge stash--I want to feel free to buy for new projects and finish what I do have. While I don't have a huge stash, I do have a lot of crappy yarns whose existence prevents me from buying more of the good stuff and adding to the stash.
My plan for the summer is to get rid of the stash by:
1) Finishing WIP's and other planned projects from the stash
2) GIVE IT AWAY either to my SnB group or by shipping it to my mother.
I started by sending 8 balls of Paton's Divine Cr*p to my mother. I tried valiantly to convince this yarn to be a poncho, then a sweater, then a wrap, but every test swatch looked so fugly I gave up in dispair. Good ridance to bad yarn!
My exceptions for the summer are:
1) Reward Scarfs for my students--I teach community college and I give scarfs (or hats or mittens or other one skein knits) as rewards for review games. I'll try to use the stash but if they pick a different color . . . . This shouldn't be more than a few skeins over the course of the summer in any event.
2) Black Sheep Gathering! Jen G, maybe I will see you there???? This is my first time to this festival and I figure it deserves some souveiner skeins.
My reward for using up as much of the stash as possible is three-fold:
1) I will have completed a ton of christmas knitting early
2) I can start my first aran knit and other big projects without the stash mocking me
3) I will design and make a felted bag for me--a true reward since 98% of my knitting is for gifts
I am hoping that summer of stash teaches me to be more picky about my yarns in the future! Beware the lone skeins in the clearance bin, the super sales, the mystery bags, the yarn swaps . . . . . . . In the future, I will remember that bargain is only a bargain if I LOVE knitting with it and have a use for the yarn!