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Just Wondering . . . How Much Yarn Can We Really Use?
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May 30, 2017 07:12:26   #
KarenLeigh
 
I can't resist buying yarn (or fabric!), but as I sort and re-sort my acquisitions I wonder how much I can reasonably expect to use. I get it - we all love the colors, the textures, the visual impact, the inspiration we get. I often joke that I will live to be 600 years old because I can't/won't expire until I've used up all of my yarn. In a quiet moment, I actually gave thought to creating a Yarn Use Calculator. For example, if it takes me a month (time) to garter-stitch knit (technique) an afghan using two stands of worsted held together (yarn type and quantity), how much yarn would I need to have on hand to create every afghan I ever hope to make? This also made me wonder, how old is too old to knit? Just wondering . . .
 
May 30, 2017 07:18:41   #
inishowen (a regular here)
 
That's an interesting question. If I stopped buying yarn today I would probably be able to knit with my stash for the next two years. Just a guess. I plan to have a sort out and give some away.
May 30, 2017 07:24:26   #
sbeth53 (a regular here)
 
I work in an 152 unit apartment building occupied primarily by senior citizens. We have quite a few folks who still are able to knit, crochet and do other types of hand work. Mostly what slows them down is arthritis and declining eyesight. One of my ladies has recently decided to just knit simple dishcloths with US8 needles so she doesn't have to worry about tiny stitches...she is 96 years young Kudos to her for finding a way to do what she loves! Now about my stash...If I live long enough to use it all I will outlive my Grandmother who lived to be 102. If I die before that my kids will have the confirmation they needed that I am a yarn junkie
May 30, 2017 07:29:20   #
Gaildh
 
Never too old to knit or crochet if our bodies let us!
May 30, 2017 07:34:28   #
SANDY I
 
Keep knitting and leave the worrying to someone else.
May 30, 2017 07:38:21   #
JoeA
 
There is never enough time, to learn and make all the inspiring techniques, in all the yarns types and quantities (which are undetermined do to stitch type) and {never the right shade or color, or yarn quantities} to make all of projects we really would like to make. As to how old is to old to knit, I would say about at time you are changing from comfortably dressed to burial shroud, and in between making one more row!
 
May 30, 2017 07:44:12   #
aprilla
 
Ahhhhhhh Yarn!
Yesterday I thought to myself that if I can't remember where I got it, how much it cost and what it was going to be, I should buy it back from myself as I use it up and so build up a yarn fund.... for more :) :)
May 30, 2017 07:55:51   #
gramknits (a regular here)
 
I really don't worry about the possibility of "too much yarn" and if I'll be able to use it up in my lifetime. I might live to be 100 or I could be hit by a bus and killed tomorrow. Yarn makes me happy so that's all that matters.

I don't think age has anything to do with a person's ability or desire to knit and/or crochet, but more a matter of physical ability to do so. If you can't see well or are in pain, you are less likely to enjoy crafting. I know women far younger than me that have these problems as well as women who are much older that don't.
May 30, 2017 08:10:54   #
RoxyCatlady
 
gramknits wrote:
I really don't worry about the possibility of "too much yarn" and if I'll be able to use it up in my lifetime. I might live to be 100 or I could be hit by a bus and killed tomorrow. Yarn makes me happy so that's all that matters.

I don't think age has anything to do with a person's ability or desire to knit and/or crochet, but more a matter of physical ability to do so. If you can't see well or are in pain, you are less likely to enjoy crafting. I know women far younger than me that have these problems as well as women who are much older that don't.
I really don't worry about the possibility of &quo... (show quote)


This is how I feel exactly. I do probably have more yarn than I'm likely to use, but for now, my health is good, my enthusiasm and love of the craft is strong, and my budget (possibly unfortunately) allows for small additions to the stash... I am trying to be more sensible about acquisitions, but as you say - it makes me happy! And there are far worse things to spend money on in the pursuit of happiness....
May 30, 2017 08:23:53   #
Conchalea
 
aprilla wrote:
Ahhhhhhh Yarn!
Yesterday I thought to myself that if I can't remember where I got it, how much it cost and what it was going to be, I should buy it back from myself as I use it up and so build up a yarn fund.... for more :) :)


As to what you intended it for-I've started putting yarn for specific projects all in one bag & either including the pattern or a label with the pattern name on it.
For the OP, I haven't calculated how long my planned projects will take, but thanks to Ravelry I know how much yarn I've used in my FO & the timeline for most of them. From that I could extrapolate how long my queued projects will take. But that might take time away from knitting so I'll pass for right now. If I do the math I'll let you know!
May 30, 2017 08:46:35   #
Pam in LR
 
It's not just your own lifespan but also changing circumstances one should be prepared for. You might be homebound and unemployed for years caring for a loved one, and that stash just might have to see you through.
 
May 30, 2017 09:06:12   #
redquilter (a regular here)
 
Far less than I have! :)
May 30, 2017 09:58:44   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
I'm supposed to use my yarn? But...but...my Petting Zoo needs to be bigger...
May 30, 2017 10:26:09   #
K2P2 knitter
 
I use a lot of yarn to knit twiddle muffs. I can go through a skein to a skein and a half each day. That is around 42 skeins a month and around 500 skeins a year. It seems as though I am always replenishing my stash. Just this weekend I used 5 skeins of yarn in just 3 days. I crocheted a baby blanket and knit 2 1/2 muffs.
May 30, 2017 12:02:52   #
Fidra
 
Just finished going through and organizing my yarn, long process. I came to the realization that some yarn was unused or part of a WIP for a long time because I didn't like knitting with it. So, decision made to donate what I will never use, it is bagged up and ready to go. Must get it out of the house today as I keep looking at the bag and thinking, well maybe I will use that skein!! Now to use the yarn I still have.....
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