Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ebb and Flow

Life is all about balance. Give and Take. Ebb and Flow. Yin and Yang. Wax and Wane. And so, I am counting miles up and miles down.

The Miles Up are Runagogo miles.I'm more than half-way to the finish line! Woo hoo!! Although many people have already passed the 100 mile point, I'm trying very hard to pace myself. For blood sugar control, a couple miles each and every day works the best. If I hit my goal too early, I know I'll lose my motivation to get on the treadmill every day. Slow and steady will work best for me.

After my last post, I bet you can guess what my Miles Down are. YARN MILES!

(Yes, the total is slightly higher than the last post. I found a bit more that I hadn't logged into the stash spreadsheet.) I agree with everyone who commented that a good stash is nothing to be ashamed of. But the sheer mass of yarn is starting to make me feel nervous and pressured. And it's sad to think of it all sitting there, wondering when it will be turned into the beautiful project it was born to become. I know I'm not the only person out there who feels like this. Today, I was listening to a great new podcast, Stash and Burn, and Jenny and Nicole were discussing this very thing. Go ahead and check them out, you won't be sorry.

But I digress. While I am still not going on an official yarn diet, I have decided to always turn to my stash first and knit up some of the projects that I've had waiting in the wings before buying any new yarn. I plan to keep track of my Stash Miles in the sidebar, and put a real dent in it. We'll see how that goes!!

10 comments:

Nathalie said...

I am going to do something similar to you Karen; I'm going to use project spectrum to knit up unfinished WIPS in that colour range, and then choose a very special project from my stash and knit it up. If at the end of it there is some yarn in that colour range that I am desperate to buy, then I will buy it and cast on something new which must also be a special project. it may not reduce stash, but at least there will be turnover and will focus me on what I really really want to knit

christine said...

damn, I wish I had your conviction; for me, I'm just happy sticking to sock yarn........the rest will just have to marinate into something useful..........

Zonda said...

WTG on the miles! As for the stash..um..no comment from me! ;)

Dipsy said...

Wow, you're doing really, really great - with your Miles Up as well as with your Miles Down! I like the stance you have towards the Miles Up - goal, you're so right with that: If you're hitting your goal too early, you just might end up losing your motivation. The way you're doing it is perfect - you go, girl!!!

Katt said...

I have been hitting my stash for things like the three birthday pressies for my friends kids..All three of them came from the stash..Went out and bought nothing.

Hubbys Valentine Socks came from the stash...I am SLOWLY working through mine..very slowly!!

Katt

Jenn said...

Good luck with the Miles down - I'll be right here with you on that one!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Go girl! I admire you for your balanced perspective...

Jennifer said...

I'm about a month into the Yarn Focus Challenge, and have found that most times I have the perfect yarn in the stash to make what I want. Shopping the stash is a good thing, and helps with the guilt of a huge stash.

Melissa said...

Be proud of that stash! I can't wait to see what all you make.

~Kristie said...

Congrats on your progress for Runagogo. I'm not doing so well, but at least I'm doing something, so it's all good.

Thanks for the Stash & Burn link. Since I'm already multiple episodes behind on my other podcasts, I'm sure I won't completely notice that I'm now already 3 episodes behind for this new one ;-)

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