Like many knitters, I faced the fact long ago that the amount of stash I have is beyond what I should. But acknowledging the fact and actually making a dent in it are two different things. I’ve been knitting almost exclusively from stash for the past year. I started with over 100 skeins, knit up 39 in 2012, made 6 skeins of handspun, bought 5 irresistible skeins and have a net decrease of 28. Wah wah. Not so great.
So when I set out to make Holiday slippers for the family, I dug into my worsted and went to town, wiping out another impressive 4 skeins. :-/
Clearly – it’s going to take awhile to bust this stash of mine. In the meantime, I can hardly justify buying more yarn – even when I don’t have what I need for the pattern I want to knit!
Time to get creative!
Needing a bulky-ish yarn for man slippers, and having only girly colors in said weight, I broke out the spindle and navajo plied a sock yarn skein, (Noro Kureyon sock in this case), into a lovely spindle full of fat squishy yarn just the right size to knit up some man sized slippers.
Since navajo plying, (or chain plying as I’m told is the correct term), is essentially a 3-ply yarn, expect your available yardage to shrink to about one third of the original amount. So my 460 yard skein of sock yarn became about 150 yards of a bulky or heavy worsted.
Considering that I have an extensive stash of sock yarn – beyond what I could use in the next five years, I consider it a merciful act to transform the weight to something I can use now.
Said skein is fat, happy and useful knit up in the nonfelted slipper pattern – achieving life satisfaction – or whatever the yarnie equivalent might be.