My stash can easily be grouped into 5 categories...
1) Sock Yarn/Fingering Weight stash
In the bottom left hand corner is the Wollmeise in all of it's splendor. I will not allow myself anymore Wollmeise indulgences until at MINIMUM 2 more skeins find their way out of my stash. (I will not hoarde... I will not hoarde...) There also seems to be a decent amount of self striping stash that needs some chipping away at. (Although truth be told, it's the stuff I don't mind hanging on to the most- self striping socks are the perfect "I don't know what to knit so I'll just knit a simple sock" project to "cleanse your palate" for new projects.) There's also some Madelintosh (top purple-y skein) and the much obsessed over "Butter Peeps" (top yellow) that still hasn't achieved it's destiny. It helps that I knit mittens a decent amount now and that I frequently stash dive for at least one color in here.
2) The Natural Sport/Worsted/Thick Yarns
3) The Cotton Collection
4) STASH OF IMMENSE SHAME (Acrylic collection)
These are the "too plentiful to throw out" bits and bobs and odds and ends from various projects that probably bug me the most. I feel like I need to use up a whole skein of yarn to count it as used and so a lot of this stuff just kind of sits in my stash, getting under my skin and I don't really know what to do with it. (One can only knit so many baby hats.) Last post I was asking about a potential blanket that would eat up a lot of this stuff (another post on another day) and I think there's enough in here to get me thru a few pairs of mittens.
My goal this year is to whittle away at this, and the rest. I'm not committing to not buying any yarn at all- I have too many gift certificates and baby blankets that need to be done to say such outlandish things... but I want to keep chipping away and free up the space. It's great that I can store my yarns in one bin... but there's a lot up there that I don't particularly feel much love for.
I've learned a lot about yarn stashing over the years. I go to the sales with ideas that I want to execute on, I try really hard not to let a "deal" impair my practical stashing. Yes- 75% off is a great deal IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT FOR IT... not so much if you don't and it just sits in your stash... laughing at you.
If I was really smart, I'd do this kind of stash analysis exercise BEFORE I go to a sale... reminding myself about what happens when a "deal" goes to one's head... but it takes time, and that's something I don't have in premium amounts any more. I'm hoping to revisit these pics sometime this summer, and blur out what I've used, in a way hold myself personally accountable for what's going out there. So there you have it- that's what's sitting in my stash these days. What yarns do you have in your stash that you're sort of "meh" on???