It was HOT here this weekend, so I opted to avoid the heat by staying inside and decided that would be a good excuse to pull the yarns I want to use for the YOP 2021-2022. I’m glad I took the time to do that at the front end because A) there were 2 yarns on my list I couldn’t find (one I am 98.5% sure I gifted away in the great stash clean-up of 2019 when almost all my laceweight went to other homes and one I just plain could not find. I don’t think I used it but might have done. Or maybe it’ll turn up at some point in the future?) and B) I realized that some of the projects I had earmarked for skeins were better served with different yarns or a different combination of yarns. I generally can hold colors pretty well in my head but sometimes unwrapping a handpaint skein means there are colors lurking in the skein you weren’t aware were there and it changes how the yarn plays well, or not, with others. I also found out I had almost twice the yardage of the Ultra Alpaca so I have enough to get a full scarf and not just a cowl out of that.
The image above is everything that is on the list below. There are several projects as well where I pulled skeins to go with the original YOP list yarn. I have one skein that I don’t have a pattern picked for yet, but it’s some gorgeous sock yarn from Suburban Stitcher and depending on how much I get done over the next 12 months, I’ll either do a pair of leafy socks with it, or pair it up with something else, but that can be determined as the year goes on.
I also had my heart set on Andrea Mowry’s Range Shawl for the Harrisville Highland I pulled in a pale gray but I only had 2 out of the 3 other colors I needed in stash that would work with it, so I decided I loved the shawl enough I was okay with a single skein purchase of the creamy natural white to complete the 4-skein set. (I really wanted to try NOT to purchase anything new to work with the yarns and just try to shop from stash and I was successful other than that one, so I’ll count it a win.)
- Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in green multi. Pattern: Sonoran Shawl.
- A Homespun House Sock in After All This Time. Pattern: Painted Plains Shawl.
- Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Method. Pattern: Ulmus Shawl.
- Sweet Sparrow Yarns in Bloduwedd. Pattern: Stillness Shawl.
- Carodan Farm worsted weight in Oatmeal. Pattern: October Hat.
- Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Winter White. Pattern: Frostwork Scarf.
- Sock Pixie Sock in Chicory Fairy. Pattern: Lightweight Hipster.
- Bare Naked Wools Precious in Brown Sugar. Pattern: Fallen Cowl.
- Jaeger Matchmaker in Delft Blue. Pattern: Berneice Sweater.
- Harrisville Highland in Pearl. Pattern: Range Shawl.
- Spun Right Round Sock in Dirty Denim. Pattern: Jujuy.
- Lanitium Ex Machina Sock in Slumber: Pattern: Excordium Shawl.
- Bare Naked Wools Shetlandia. Pattern: Sea Fret Sweater.
- Miss Babs Yummy Sock in Blackbird. Pattern: City Lights Shawl.
- Handspun in Storm Cloud. Pattern: Broken Wings Shawl.
- Dragon Hoard DK in Fire Whiskey. Pattern: Seismic.
- Woodsong Farm in Brick Red. Pattern: Blue Danube Sweater.
- Spun Right Round Sock in Blender. Pattern: City Lights Shawl.
- Black Sheep Sport in Terracotta. Pattern: Camulet Sweater.
- Suburban Stitcher Sock in Maple. Pattern: TBD.
While I can technically start any of these and carry the project(s) forward as a WIP, I have a lot on the needles right now so I think I’ll use June to finish up the Twinkle Hat I’m almost done with, the In Stillness Cardigan, and the Quadrilinear Scarf I’ve got on the go. I may opt to start sock #2 of the pair of Driftwood Socks I’ve started, or may hold that over to start in July for a HPKCHC class project prompt. I also need to finish 20 rounds on my Oregon Cardigan to get to my July checkpoint so I want to focus on that project as well before I put anything else on the needles. I don’t mind having several things on the go, but right now I’ve got more garments than I like in mid-completion, so until I can whittle those down a bit, I’m going to hold off on casting on anything until next month.
So there they are – the 20 stash yarns I’ve picked to work with in 2021 and into 2022. If I actually work through all of these, I’ll consider it a major win, but if not, there’s always 2022-2023, right?