Thursday, September 10, 2015


Lately I've been in a clearing out mood.  Too much stuff, not enough storage, you know how it is.  So I made a decision, any yarn or fabric left in my possession after Christmas of 2016 is to be destashed by February of 2017, anything left after that will be donated.

This timeline gives me plenty of time to make the things I really truly want to make and the opportunity to clear out the things I haven't and won't use.  As I type I can see fabric that I've had in my stash for at least 10 years.  If I haven't used it by now, chances are I'm probably not going to. No matter how much I "love" it.

At first, I was going to limit my purge to fabric, but I was looking for a baby hat pattern on Ravelry the other day and I saw so many delightful hat patterns.  Most of them were free too!  It was one of those "Aha!" moments.  I started queuing all of the hat (and some mitt) patterns I liked. My plan is to start with the first one in my queue and work my way down. My rules are: go in order, make at least one hat per week, and only use yarn from my stash. I'm calling it "Year of the Hat" or YOTH for short. And Yoth is fun to say. Try it, you'll see. Yoth.

What will I do with 1,000,000 hats?  Good question! Chickadee has already claimed several. But since she only needs so many hats, I'm going to let the kids "shop" in the forthcoming hat bin for Christmas gifts (surprise relatives and friends!). The rest will go to a local charity.

My first hat is already done!

"Barley" was a swift little beauty.  Of course I made the mistake of not reading the whole pattern, so there's a rather large mistake. I ended up with a purl section instead of a garter section, but the hat is still attractive, so I'm going with it. Next up, Antler hat. Time for some stash diving. . .

Anyone else up for some major hat making for YOTH? 

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