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Thursday, July 17

What's a Stash?

Lol. In the '70s and '80s, a "stash" meant something far different from what we knitters and spinners call a stash these days! I'll let your imagination wander. My purchased yarn stash is on a spreadsheet--over 85,000 yards of it! I woke up at 2 am and thought, what's the conversion to miles? So I grabbed my handy-dandy cell phone and punched in the numbers into my unit converter and came up with, gulp, 48.28 miles! Phew! Now that's a stash!

So, someone asked me how much fiber (unspun) stash do I have? Here's what I found around the house in terms of roving (in ounces):

7 white alpaca, 2 superfine brown alpaca, .5 superfine camel down, 3 dk brown alpaca, 3 quanaco, 16 super soft fawn Icelandic wool, 16 super soft silver gray wool/merino blend, 3.25 gray and color silk/merino, 23 superfine white something—alpaca?, 1 white angora, 10 black lamb’s wool, 12 silver grey silk/wool, 6 white alpaca, 20 silver/grey wool, 12 jet black lamb’s wool, 32 dk brown lamb’s wool, 48 dk brown lamb’s wool (different shade), 16 black gray wool, 32 white friesian sheep wool, 32 white sheep wool (low grade), 8 lt brown camel top, 4 gray alpaca (northstaralpacas), 4white huacaya alpaca/merino (northstaralpacas), 4 black blend (luke: northstaralpacas), 7 green/purple merino top, 4 teal/purple soysilk/merino, 4 white Shetland.

That's roughly 330 ounces, or about 20 pounds of fiber. I think I can get a couple of sweaters out of this... ; )

And then, there are over 5 fleeces in the garage not washed yet, and some other roving, but nothing fabulous--that's all in the house. Oh yeah, then I have about 2 pounds of cotton, in various blends...

J says "sell, sell, sell!"



Knit Witch said...

Ugh.....unfortunately I think mine is starting to rival yours. It's ridiculous!!! Hey, I LOVE all the things you talk about in your profile on the blog page. Sounds like we are very similar "seekers". I may need you two to come down here to Blue Ridge and teach me how to make a proper batch of jam! We are new to this country living thing but we are LOVING simplifing our lives and living closer to nature.

Anonymous said...

see, you have enough for me!

Alpaca Granny said...

OMG 20 pounds of fiber. I don't have much more than that - unless you count what's still on my critters.

Joansie said...

Ah, treasure, fondle, hug..the stash. Enjoy it all! I gather that J is not a knitter/spinner fiberholic. Hey, there could be far worse vices.

Charles said...

Hey Chris~
I was reading on Kenny's post..he was talking about you and just wanna say you have a great blog and visit my knitting blog too!



Sock Knitter said...

NOOOOOOO, don't know who J is, but OBVIOUSLY they don't knit! You can't SELL IT! It's YOURS!! ::gg::

Jason said...

Can I tell CB that he's lucky that I don't have 20 pounds of fiber? LOL

tata said...

Now *that* is a stash!

N. Maria said...

I thought my friend, Penney, had the mostest fiber! Wow, how nice.