"Will I knit this yarn, or just store it away?"
One year has passed, during which I knit over 25 garments, using around 15,000 yards of yarn. How much of the MDSW yarn did I use? Less than 1,000 yards. The bulk of it is still sitting in the closet. I'm not complaining--yarn in the closet is a good thing, and this is very good yarn.
What I knit is on the bottom row (pure coincidence). From left to right--The rose Permaquid from The Fibre Company made a lovely neckwrap and hat, combined with a ball of Jaeger Merino Chunky. It was gifted and well-received. The lilac Brooks Farm Duet became a wrap that I have never worn. I'm afraid it is too small for a wrap, and has a construction that makes it look strange as a scarf. I'd frog it, but I don't think the Duet would frog well. On the positive side, the pattern is my own, so I could actually sell this wrap/scarf. I used just one hank of the red Chroma dk (also The Fibre Company) in my entrelac scarf and hat, also gifted and well-received. I didn't plan to use the Chroma in that project, but I wanted something softer to mix with the Noro Silk Garden I was expected to use in the entrelac class I took. I have no idea what I'll do with the other two hanks.
Reviewing these few projects and comparing them to what I bought leads one (well, me, for sure, and you, probably) to wonder, "Why?" Why did I buy this yarn? Of course, if you've ever been to a large fiber fest, you know the answer. I knew about the yarn-buying fever that overtakes the usual attendee, and I had a plan. I brought a list of patterns and yarn requirements with me. One of the vendors even told me that I was much more organized than her average customer. I had a plan, but I haven't followed through on the plan. The two big sweater sized lots, the blue and the dark brown, were supposed to be a pullover and a cardigan, respectively. At least that was my plan, but it doesn't explain why I bought glass buttons for a pullover. (!?)
I decided not to use the blue yarn for my Bubble Pullover; it is too scratchy and is the wrong gauge once it is washed. Now that doesn't mean I didn't follow through there, not really. I just bought more yarn and knit the Bubble Pullover with that. The dark brown yarn is ready to be knit. I have selected a pattern, I have swatched, I have considered, I am waiting...waiting to finish what I've decided to knit in the meantime.
Let's just say I had a plan, and the plan has changed. It's my plan, after all. My plan, my hobby, my knitting. I love it, and I'm happy with what I'm doing. If I jump from project to project, change my mind, get rid of yarn I don't want, buy yarn I want, and keep yarn I never use, no one really notices, unless I tell them. In other words, no fuss, no worry, and, unless I starve small children and pets to pay for yarn, or engage other illegal or immoral yarn activities, no consequences that I can see.
It's been a great year. I've enjoyed this little trip down my lane of knitting memories. I'm looking forward to another year. I have a plan, but really, who knows where that plan will go? There will be unexpected events, I'm sure.
Speaking of the unexpected, have you seen the buzz about weaving? I've been making a first-class, low-class effort to ignore it, consistently criticizing everything I've seen posted. I look, I think, "Oh, that's ugly; I'd never wear that; Warping that loom looks like a real chore."...those kind of thoughts, But then, here's the first description of a weaving project to actually make me consider it seriously. Bonus: there's a knit pattern in there, too. (If you're a Cast-on listener, you probably have already seen this.)
There was a loom for sale at the stash sale last weekend. I was tempted, but so was someone else, so I backed away. It's lurking, though, the temptation is lurking. In the meantime, I've got lots of knitting projects planned, and about 25,000 yards of yarn to knit.