Yesterday, January 1st, marked the beginning of my 2011 stashdown. Inspired by Stephanie Pearl McPhee's self imposed sock club, I'm doing the same for my spinning stash. I want to clear out some of the fiber I've had hanging around here to make room for new fiber one of these days. I can't keep collecting all this beautiful stuff unless I spin it up once in a while!
So, here goes - the great stashdown of 2011. I've made up 14 packets of fiber (because I believe in choice) and each month I commit to spinning one of those packets. I've already chosen my first packet for January and it's a combination of this merino/silk in a colorway called McKenzie from Ashland Bay and a beautiful merino/yak roving in a called "black and blue" from Wolf Creek Wools.
If you want to play along, I'd love to have you join me on the trail of the great stashdown! Here are the rules:
- Each month you make a goal to spin a certain amount from your stash. You can make packets like I did, or you can decide when the month gets here. Somewhere* you state your goal and post a picture of the beginning fiber and updates.
- If you achieve your goal, somewhere* you post a picture of your finished yarn!
- Each month I'll have a different badge on the blog for you to take for your own blog (or not - you're not required to post it if you don't want or don't have room), and you sign in to the database (I'll post the form here on the blog each month) saying you've met your goal. This is an honor system. I don't come to your house and check your spinning - it's up to you to make the goal, and report it accurately.
- Each month, all of those who have met their goal and signed in are entered into a random drawing to win a prize.
- At the end of the year, if you've met all 12 goals, you get entered into the super duper prize.
- Have fun, spin some stash.
And that's it. I'll post the first month's badge and the sign in form in the sidebar in a few days.
Happy spinning in 2011!
*somewhere could be your blog, your ravelry page, your flickr account or wherever you update people online about your fibery pursuits