The pattern has you change yarn after every 6 rows. So, I've been knitting each square from both ends of one skein. For the purple and green square (#87) that meant that several colors that were in the skein didn't end up in the finished square. Color #87 also has a pink, turquoise, and a bright blue color that didn't show up in my square. I like the way the square came out though. I'm planning on using the leftovers from each skein to knit more squares. I did end up splitting the skein for color #131 and rewinding so that I did get more color variation in that square. If I didn't rewind for that one I would have missed out on all the blue and green that is there.
I joined the Norovember KAL to use up some of the stash I had built up of Noro yarn - quite specifically the overflowing pile of Kureyon that is in my stash. For some strange reason, I just can't seem to get enough of this stuff. I really do love the vivid colors and watching the stripes emerge as I knit. I love the texture of the finished felted fabric. Kureyon and sock yarn are my addiction. And it is starting to get out of hand.
So I though the KAL would be a good incentive for me to use some up. First I made the felted stocking and started a second. Then I decided to use up some of the stash for the Lizard Ridge Afghan from the recent Knitty. I have knit a total for 4 square so far for lizard ridge. Including the two stockings and the squares, I used up about 11 skeins of stashed Kureyon.
After I finished that fourth square, I went back to the stash to decide what color to knit up next. But as I started going through the stash I just couldn't bring myself to break up any of the remaining colors in the stash. If I did that - I wouldn't have enough of each color to knit the originally intended projects I plan to knit! Then what would I do with all those odd balls that were left? So I did what any addict would do - I bought more!
That's right, I bought more Kureyon. Twelve skeins to be exact. (But aren't they pretty?) Each of these lovely colors will be another square for Lizard Ridge. So the KAL did not help me bust the stash as intended. In fact, I ended up with a one skein gain overall. Certainly not what was intended (head hung low). I guess I should be grateful that it didn't cost me more.
I think that 2007 will be the year of the stash for me. I have yarn stashed for all kinds of projects and have a long list of things I want to finish. So I will likely add a yarn moratorium to the list of resolutions that will get made at the first of the year. Just as long as you understand that doesn't include my membership in the 2007 Rockin' Sock Club - I can't give up that!