Cold-Sheeping (Revisited)

“Cold Sheeping”

the brain-child of ToniS

For a compulsive yarn buyer, the challenge to buy NO yarn at all, rather than trying to become all reasonable about the yarn buying thing, which the knitter has probably long-since proved he or she can’t do anyway. Similar to “going cold-turkey” when trying to quit smoking, but makes more sense as what does turkey have to do with smoking OR knitting, unless one smokes the actual turkey, but I think that’s a different kind of smoking.

I’m not going to put alllllll my business out there but as much as I love my pretties, my stash is huge.  Just to give you an idea, I have more than 29 miles worth of KP yarn!  I put the amount in miles, not yarn or skeins — it’s less scary writing it down that way.  I’m going just going to let you work it out — if you want to!  LOLOL!  😀

I don’t have skein or yardage decrease goals but I do know that I don’t want to end the year with more yardage than I started with.


Like the Introverted Knitter said here,  stash knitting and non yarn buying is a touchy subject in the fibre arts circle, but I’m going to do what is good for me personally and honestly, I don’t mind sharing my story.   When I started (November 2012), I did feel that taking on this challenge was an opportunity for me to really creatively use my stash.  Since “necessity is the mother of invention”, I was hoping that this challenge will open my eyes to  using my stash in ways I’d never thought of before.  And it has.  Win!

However, one of the busts for me with cold-sheeping and the challenges is if I need to purchase yarn to finish a project, that’s considered a fall off the sheep.  In the most recent challenge I participated in, I almost left my sweater unfinished until January 2015 just so I could say I didn’t fail at the challenge.  That’s just crazy and that made absolutely no sense in my world.   I refuse to do projects I’m not committed to or leave those that I’m committed to unfinished so I could say that I didn’t purchase yarn in a certain time-frame.  Not that anyone was asking me too but my competitive nature made me want to do that.

To that end, I’m no longer Cold Sheeping in the strictest sense of the word and will be trying another approach to stash busting — Y.O.P. (Year Of Projects).  The focus of the group is for the crafter to create a list of projects that he/she is interested in and work through that list for a year.  My additional incentive is to work through my stash for this list.  Why try this you might ask?  Well, this week (August 13th 2014), I started creating a list for my Fall/Winter 2014 crafty pursuits.  The list looked short in my head but on paper it is significant.  I realised after I wrote it down that there’s no way I’d be able to finish it in 6 months.  I was still going to try to see how much of it I can do anyway.  Right after that, a little … err … “situation” happened in the Cold Sheeping Extreme thread, and I found some of the responses to some struggling members were less than supportive so I decided to give the group and thread a little break so I could recoup (although I wasn’t directly involved).   Another selling point to the Y.O.P. group is that you can show-case non yarn related F.O.s as well.  What’s not to like about that?  😀

I can definitely say that my purchasing habits have changed over the last (almost) 2 years I’ve been in that forum.   I no longer purchase just for the thrill of, to make up for bad days or because I can afford to.  I’ll always be grateful to the Cold Sheepers for helping me look at my purchasing habits in a new way.   The truth is, I have a great stash, one that many, many lovely hand-crafted items can come from.  While I will not be giving myself license to purchase yarn all willy nilly, I want the flexibility to do so if I need to or if I see something I’d really like to try … within reason of course.  😉

See you over on my Year Of Projects (Y.O.P) page.

13 thoughts on “Cold-Sheeping (Revisited)

  1. Toni August 17, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    I’ve been away from the group as well and, while still not buying yarn because my stash is HUGE, I am focussed on finishing things rather than worrying about my stash. One thing I’m loving is a lovely little book that I’ve been writing all the projects I have the supplies to make (a truly scary list), then checking them off when done. There’s no time frame, so I don’t feel the pressure, but if I think of something or remember something, I add it to the list to get to. It makes me feel more “in control” of my stash but without adding any pressure. I’m up to 9 pages now, I think………..

    • Nicky August 18, 2014 / 10:08 pm

      I really love this idea Toni. I really do. The idea of focusing on finishing as opposed to stash counting will do what we need it to do — reduce the stash in addition to giving us some pretties. 🙂

  2. Amina January 8, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    I can’t wait to see all your beautiful creations this year!!

    • Nicky January 8, 2014 / 7:42 pm

      I need to get started in order to complete them all. I need to get rid of my procrastination bug! 😀

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