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Ravelry Stashing

Last night I dreamt of Ravelry again.

Who can identify the inspiration for that sentence?


I blame it all on Ms. Alarming Female. She sent me a Ravelry message last week asking why I didn’t have any stash on Ravelry. Seemed she wanted to see my handspun. Always one to oblige, on Saturday I started photographing and uploading my stash. I did more on Sunday and more on Monday. What’s there now is almost all of the sock yarn. I’ve still got a bit more sock yarn – things like Trekking and Opal – to add, plus the laceweight stash and the odds and ends stash and the Peace Fleece stash and, of course, the handspun stash.

I’m not sure why I hadn’t done it before now but now that it’s done I do really like seeing it all there. It’s so pretty and looking at it almost feels like shopping. Almost.

I’ve already traded off a duplicate skein of Vesper and I’ve listed just a couple of other yarns that I’m not crazy about on my trade/sell page. As I add the other yarns I expect there will be more I’m ready to part with, things that I just don’t have a need to stash anymore.

In the meantime, every night I dream about Ravelry and adding more of my yarn stash. It’s addicting, this Ravelry business.

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  1. I’ll guess it’s Earl Robinson’s 1936 song “I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night…” ? Or, maybe not. (But Joan Baez sings a version that’ll make the most hardened conservative heart crack open and weep for the return of the Wobblies.)

  2. Last night I dreamed again of Manderlay. Rebecca? Can’t remember the author but it was a film also.

  3. Daphne du Maurier.

    Yes, Ravelry is certainly addicting. I haven’t even begun to think about documenting the stash. I’m afraid I’ll find out how much I actually have!

  4. We love our stash but when it’s hidden away we don’t remember what we have and can’t see it easily. Ravelry is so cool for reintroducing you to your stash! LOVE IT. I shop my stash all the time. 😉

  5. Last night I dreamt of Manderley again…I know it from Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Excellent Flick. You’ve got some serious sock stash there. Best get knitting!

  6. I was on Ravelry “watching” you add your stash the other day. It was like watching them stock the shelves at the best yarns stores!!

  7. Great book! I’ve never seen the movie – but all the comments have got me thinking about renting it (assuming I can find a copy). I’ll have to check out the stash. I’ve not added any of mine – it will take a paradigm shift for me to expose it to the world as opposed to sneak it into my closet! LOL!

  8. I keep hearing tell of Ravelry’s addictive properties which is one reason I haven’t joined. I figure I have a choice between actually knitting and simply reading about it…

    And may I say, you have some beautiful stash there.

  9. Ok, thats just weird, my post this morning is about ravelry too.

    I spent SO MUCH time yesterday adding some of my older projects and just browsing around.

    You are so right, looking at your stash on line, IS like shopping. I will have to add some more of mine while I am adding more old projects 🙂

  10. I initially thought of “Joe Hill”. But I’m a fool for old folk songs.

    I’ve really got to photograph my stash and get it up on Ravelry. It would be so much easier to dream up new projects with it all there in front of me.

  11. Oh, that task would be too daunting for me. I tried it once several years ago in a photo album in my sidebar, but since that time I’ve acquired so much more, and bleh, it’s …. just….a daunting and unattractive-looking task to me.

  12. Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier – is that spelled right?). It’s one of my sister’s favorites. That’s *almost* all of the sock yarn?! It took many long minutes of holding the scroll button to get to the bottom!

  13. Oh, I’m so envious of your sock yarn stash. So awesome! I don’t stash much yarn at all–I buy with projects in mind–but sock yarn is the exception.

  14. Well, I’ll soon find out what Raverly is all about. I only recently sent in a request for an invitation. Pretty sure I won’t use all the organizational tools, which is why I haven’t joined sooner. But many people are beginning to link to Raverly projects and patterns in their blog posts and I can’t follow the conversation without being able to get in.

  15. Evvilll is what it is. But I was glad to see you had added a bunch of yarn too. 🙂 Not only is it almost like shopping, it’s like vicarious shopping. Even better. 🙂

  16. I did wonder the other day why my ‘friend activity’ window was all sock yarns. 😉

    Ravelry would probably explode if I entered all my sock stash. Can’t risk it. 😉

  17. You mentioned that you put some of your stash on “YOUR” trade/sell page. Is that the best way as I have several things I want to sell/trade and I thought of the destash group but wonder if it is better to put it on your own page…just wondering..thanks

  18. Isn’t it funny how different people interact with and react so differently to Ravelry? Especially the stash pages – some people (me included) love the functionality of organizing and cataloging and having info all in one place, while others are just overwhelmed. I haven’t entered all my stash yet, mainly because I have to figure out the best way to get decent photos with my mediocre camera. Nighttime/flash just doesn’t capture the colors properly, so I have to find a time with good daylight, and I feel like I am hardly ever home then!

  19. I’m so addicted to Ravelry now! We were doing a show-and-tell tour of last night at our local knitting group.

    The funny part was everyone wanted to see what I had in my stash. But I don’t have one! So I was asking how does one aquire a stash. I always wonder, how do you know how much to buy of a yarn that you fall in love with. I always dread that I’m going to not buy enough to make something with it.

    Me and me darn fears. Gotta get over them and start making a stash. Just think of all those wonderful balls of yarn dying to find a new home 🙂

  20. There are some beautiful yarns in there! I don’t feel so bad about my stash anymore. 😀
    I tried to resist the ravelry. It’s just so easy to look up a yarn or find a pattern. Living in a small place, I have my yarn stashed here and there and it’s nice to go to one page and see my choices without digging out every box.

  21. It’s already been said, but Rebecca is one of my all-time favorite books, so I had to speak up, however late!

  22. “Rebecca” is one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it when I was in junior-high, and I still love it at 40. Love your collection of sock yarn! Ravelry rocks!

  23. I love looking at my ravelry stash page. It makes shopping less tempting. I just go browse my own stash and remember… oh yeah… I really want to knit that… and that… and…

    It works most of the time. Just don’t go looking for deals on yarns. Then you get into trouble.

  24. Good for you Carole. I did start some stash and then the task just felt too overwhelming…although I might try and load my sock yarn on in groups or something. Ravelry is amazing – one just needs to find the time….

  25. Ooh, certainly there would be lots of room for yarn at Manderley…

    So far I’ve been too chicken to upload my stash to Ravelry. I have nothing but admiration for those of you who attempt it.

  26. Ooh, revealing the stash in all its glory. Have to think about that.
    I was slow to get into Ravelry, even after receiving my invite. It’s so overwhelming. But lately I’ve been spending more and more time there. Dangerous place, timewise.

  27. mwah-ha-ha-ha!

    It’s addictive, isn’t it? On the one hand, it’s good to see what I really have, because otherwise the ADD causes me to forget.

    On the other hand, I’ve been introduced to so many new sources and yarns that the stash has grown some, too! I’ve destashed a bit, though, even sending sock yarn to Australia.

    Ravelry is genius. And I’ve found photographing yarn a rather creative pursuit. I’ve even re-photographed some as I’ve gotten better.

    But dreaming of Ravelry, eh? Didn’t mean to send you over the edge!

  28. OOOO Rebecca…that was the first “adult” book my parents let me read growing up…I fell in love with the literary Max de Winter and Sir Larry was pretty dishy too!

    Got enough Vesper dude? No wonder I’ve never even seen a skein in the wild!

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