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February 08, 2005

448 Gallons: A Contest

I organized my stash this weekend. About 5 months ago I went to Target (that's Tar-zhay) and bought 4 big plastic bins to hold my stash. I took most of the bags and boxes and neatly placed them in the bins. I even had room left in a couple of them.

I knew I had more yarn but I was procrastinating pulling it all together. Bags were piled in a corner in the living room (somewhat out of sight) and on the sunporch and in the huge coffee table that comes chock full of stash hiding opportunities storage.

I've been meaning to get around to it, and when I wrote that post on Thursday I had this organization project on my mind. After getting the WONDERFUL comments from you all I knew I could take a few days off and get my stash in order once and for all.

Stella came over Friday night. As she knit I pulled out ALL MY STASH.

I catalogued everything in Excel and I now know everything I have. I feel freer. Lighter in fact. Hmm...sorta.

I now know that I have 448 Gallons of yarn. That's EIGHT bins of yarn. EIGHT. I cannot believe I have amassed this much yarn. I truly had no idea.

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So this is where the contest comes in. Guess how many balls/skeins/hanks/cones of yarn I have in those bins. The person who most closely guesses the number without going over will win something wonderful from the stash. I'm not sure what yet, but really there's nothing bad in there.

Added Later

I've gotten several questions asking what might be in store for the winner. While I still don't know for sure, here are some ideas: a few skeins of Silk Garden, some Koigu, a felting kit in a variety of colors, sportweight Baby Alpaca, a couple hanks of Hand-dyed 4spi wool or some sock yarn. Whatever it might be it will be lovely and be all/predominately a natural fiber.

A couple of hints:

  • Two of the bins have some room left in them
  • I have one bin dedicated to sock and laceweight yarn
  • I have one bin dedicated to cones
  • I've counted each pound of yarn on the cone as 1 ball. So, if I have a 2.5 pound cone of yarn, it counts as 2.5 balls.
  • Excluding the sock yarn, most of my yarn is 4.5-5.5 spi. I do have some bulky, but it doesn't even fill half of a bin.

Email your guess to savannahchik AT yahoo by Thursday afternoon. I will announce the winner by Sunday. Remember -- you need to be the closest one without going over.

February 8, 2005 in Contests | Permalink


I have no idea how much yarn that could possibly be, but it definitely looks like more yarn than my entire LYS carries. I am having stash envy.

W. :)

Posted by: Wendy | Feb 8, 2005 9:16:55 AM

1. That is a LOT of yarn. (Approximately four times as much as I have...)

2. For the swatch for Natalya, it's 5 st/in in stockinette, right? Or is it in the rib & cable pattern?

Posted by: naomi | Feb 8, 2005 9:46:03 AM

that is a lot of yarn!

Posted by: Kathleen | Feb 8, 2005 10:34:43 AM

I guess 420!!!


I have one "overnight" bag full of yarn as my stash and am clearly a stash amateur!!


Posted by: Jackie | Feb 8, 2005 11:18:38 AM

I bought very similar bins at the same store. They have a very nice selection of bins and it's a great way to keep everything together.

Posted by: Margene | Feb 8, 2005 11:46:27 AM

You call THAT a stash? :-)

Posted by: Hope | Feb 8, 2005 12:15:50 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who made a yarnventory spreadsheet . . . the Hub thought I was insane, but I find that I really like having a "database" of my stash.

Posted by: chris | Feb 8, 2005 12:35:59 PM

325? I'm scared to count my stash :)

Posted by: Julie | Feb 8, 2005 12:38:36 PM

Holy cow! My family thinks I'm obsessive about yarn with two under-the-bed containers full. I gather I'd probably have half as much as you if I had the space and was without this family, though :)

Posted by: Emily | Feb 8, 2005 12:40:56 PM

Your yarn stash reminds me of my bead stash only a bit smaller. I could probably fill 2 tubs that size then again maybe more.

I started with a spread sheet but moved to a yarn database easier finding out what in my stash has the yardage and spi I need for a project.

Posted by: Kamala | Feb 8, 2005 1:28:53 PM

I'm gonna take some time to figure this one out based on my stash (which I thought was a lot until I saw yours!) Anyway, I'm planning on mailing you the seat cover tomorrow or Friday. Either way, you should have it very soon!

Posted by: LeAnne | Feb 8, 2005 1:53:39 PM

Your. Stash. Is. Incredible.

I'm almost scared to guess! 369?

Posted by: MJ | Feb 8, 2005 2:09:45 PM

My guess is 280. It must be nice to start a project whenever you want with your stashed yarn. I think I'm a little jealous. ;)

Posted by: Erica | Feb 8, 2005 2:47:42 PM

Wow. I'm impressed.

Posted by: Megan | Feb 8, 2005 3:07:20 PM

ummm I guess 348 balls

Posted by: kitten | Feb 8, 2005 3:10:34 PM

Love the idea of your contest, but do I "really" need to win any yarn???????

At least your containers are clear and look nice. I bought mine at the same store as you did, but I bought the "after Halloween" two bucks a pop containers....needless to say, they are all orange with black tops!

Very, very proud of you and your organizing! Hope it rubs off on me. :->


Posted by: Karen | Feb 8, 2005 3:24:28 PM

I too have about 8 bins of yarn -- I am guessing 388 balls.

Posted by: quenna | Feb 8, 2005 3:50:35 PM

Wow, and my boyfriend thinks i have a lot of yarn! I'm gong to guess that you have 400 balls of yarn.

Posted by: Stefanie | Feb 8, 2005 4:27:11 PM

Okay, being musical I am going to say 440 balls of yarn. Now I don't feel so bad about my stash! It's got to be close to yours in size.

Posted by: Karen | Feb 8, 2005 5:49:12 PM

I am going home and showing my husband your site - he can't say a thing about my stash anymore ... can I admit that I am a little bit jealous though? I am going to guess 502.

Posted by: Leanne | Feb 8, 2005 5:51:40 PM

Never too many :D Let's say 375.

Posted by: Jackie | Feb 8, 2005 6:12:05 PM

Wow, if my calculations (estimates/totally far flung guesses) are right, you have 640 balls of yarn!

Posted by: Anne-Caroline | Feb 8, 2005 9:24:02 PM

Okay, I have no concept of time, space, measurement or money but I'll bite.......422??

Posted by: Kirstie | Feb 8, 2005 10:16:16 PM

When we were dating, all so long ago, my husband lived near a tarzhay, but I lived near targhetto :)

Posted by: Li_B | Feb 9, 2005 12:22:03 AM

I feel much better now. Sending an email.

Posted by: Norma | Feb 9, 2005 7:50:30 AM

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