Recently, we went through a deep clean and tidy up of our house. It all started, because the main feature in our kitchen, a pool table, was due to be picked up to be “rehomed”. The pool table was one of the last remains of my husbands bachelor days, before I moved into the house.
Anyway, during this tidy up, we opened a suitcase that had been sitting on top of our wardrobe and hadn’t been touched in at least a year. We thought it was empty and the perfect spot to store some items we didn’t need for a while. Imagine my surprise when I realised that this suitcase was actually entirely filled with yarn! I can’t think of a clearer sign that you have too much yarn, than managing to misplace a huge part of it and not even realise it.
The first thing I said was “I’m not buying yarn again, until this is all gone”, but as you can imagine, that lasted exactly until I was close to a yarn shop again.
It got me thinking though of how I could get myself to work with all the gorgeous yarn that I own, and I decided to start a destash challenge. I’ll be doing this myself of course, but I’d love to get you involved as well, and that’s how the “Extreme Yarn Destash” was born.
The name is inspired by Extreme Weightloss, since I watched a couple of episodes for the very first time in the last few weeks. Instead of losing excess body weight, we will shed weight in our yarn stash, which is taking up space that could be used in better ways. (And by that I mean more yarn of course).
In case you have ever watched the show, you know it’s all about the phases, with the year they have to turn their life around being split into 4 segments. Now don’t worry, I will of course not take up 12 months of your life with this challenge.
Each phase will be 1 month long, so the overall challenge will be 4 months. This will give all of us the time to do something productive with the yarn we have.
How it works:
- Join the Group on Ravelry
- Get your starting Stash Weight.
You can keep track of this in any way you would like, but I have decided to use the yarn stash on Ravelry. It was quite an undertaking for me to get this up to date, because I had never really used this consistently before.
- Decide your phase goals.
Think about what your goal for the whole Destash is going to be, and break it down into the 4 phases.
Are you like me and want to use up at least half your stash? Do you already know that you will get less knitting done during a specific time (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years etc)?
- Shout about your goals.
Fill in the dedicated thread in the Ravelry Group before October 31st.
- Participate in the fun.
Use #ExtremeDestash in all the places you use hashtags.
Phase 1 starts for everybody on November 1st and finishes on November 30th.
At the end of each phase we will do a check in, to see who of us managed to reach their goal. Everybody who does, gets entered into a draw for some goodies. Exact details on these prizes will be revealed in the next couple of week, so definitely keep an eye out on my Instagram and on the Ravelry Group.