- Sort by date added (puts most recently-added first).
- View one weight (thickness) at a time, starting with Super Bulky (I had 5), working my way through to Lace (I had 8).
- Find the oldest yarn in each category where I had at least one whole ball/skein of it. Note how many yards total I had of that yarn.
- Go to the Patterns page and click on the advanced search option.
- Do a search with the following options (listed from top to bottom as they are listed on Ravelry):
- Has photo = Yes
- Craft = Knitting
- Availability = In my library
- Weight = [whatever that yarn's classification was]
- Yardage = customized range of 0 - [the amount I had of that yarn]. NOTE: If I had an exceptionally large amount of a particular yarn, I didn't start the range at 0, but at a about half the amount I had.
Et voila! If this returned too large a selection of patterns, I narrowed it down further, perhaps saying "not baby" or "not home, not pet, not toys/hobbies", etc. If it gave too few results, I deselected "in my library". When I found something I liked for the yarn in question, I added it to my queue, specifying the yarn I had in mind. I did not, however put a "complete by" date...because I know better than to do that with as much as I have on my plate. It feels good to have a (loose) plan.
Here is what I have come up with. Al plans are, of course, subject to change, based on my whim. In one or two areas, I queued something as a reminder to myself of the general type of item I want to knit with that yarn, but I actually plan to design something myself in that vein.
- Super-Bulky = Minu by Shannon Okey out of my two balls of Fiesta Yarn Tenero (Stitches West pajama party door prize)
- Bulky = Radiating Star Blanket by Alexis Layton out of my eight gazillion balls of GGH Aspen
- Aran = Basically a Cowl by Mia Edvardson out of the remaining Phildar Clio (bought in Quebec by Andrew back in 2006)
- Worsted = All Washed Up by Jill Arnusch out of a stray ball of Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton in Peppermint
- DK = Maze by Celeste Culpepper out of my Allhemp6 in Avocado + some I have in Black
- Sport = Staghorn Vest by Wendy Bernard (plain, not cabled, version) out of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight
- Fingering = Mezquita Shawl by Roxanne Yeun out of LuLu's Yarns Supersock Merino (which I overdyed in dye class b/c I didn't like how it looked knit up)
- Light Fingering = Unleaving by Lee Juvan out of the black alpaca from Peru that Sean gave me (Be quiet, Sean! We're not talking about poor, unloved, hibernating UFO's in this post, thankyouverymuch.)
- Lace = Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmermann out of my Mmmmalabrigo Lace
Now, the purpose of this is not accountability, but inspiration to have lots of interesting things to do with the yarn I already have. If I end up doing other things with this yarn, fine. At least now I have some idea of what to do in between my "work" projects. Speaking of which, off I go....