Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mileage Contest

With the New Year comes the desire to set new goals and measure last years progress.

Looking back at my “All Used Folder” I see that since the big reorganization and catalogue adventure (1/8/08) 7.25 miles of yarn have been knit. More than half of that was from my original stash, 4.9 miles. Think about that, MILES of yarn.

As with any great love, my stash continues to grow with each passing day. Knit as fast as I might I did not decrease the size of my stash. Sadly.
In fact, it has continued to grow and grow fast since I’ve become a sock knitter…ok an obsessive sock knitter.
This year, in the same amount of space, same number of bins and bags, so that should tell you how much finer and therefore more yardage each skein has as compared to last year’s yarn, I have a bit more yarn.
Last year I had 530 skeins in the stash, and this year I have 789 skeins. So yeah, they have to be smaller skeins to fit in the same space as 530 skeins.

I knit 135 projects in the past year by the way…I also track that too. Don’t laugh, ok you can laugh. I can’t help it. I love to be organized and have goals.

Anyone want to guess what the current yardage is? It could be a fun game. I could be like Bob Barker on the Price is Right, whoever gets closest without going over wins a skein of sock or lace yarn, or if they’re not a knitter maybe I’ll make them a neckwarmer instead…yes I think this could be fun. Let’s play, Guess the Mileage in The Samurai’s Stash...

I’ll give you a few more facts. I have 3 decorative baskets in the living room displaying yarn, I have 3 big bins in the closet with yarn and 2 more in the garage with synthetic yarn. I just took the angora out of the freezer. Last year at this time I had 39.8 Miles of stash yarn. Green and Purple are the most prevalent colors in the stash.

Let’s say, guesses will be accepted until January 10th. The winner can choose from either,
  • Socks That Rock: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Lightweight (Mill End) Dixie Chicks
  • Cherry Tree Hill Suri Laceweight Wild Cherry
  • Araucania Ranco Multy 318 Hot Pink

Later: Go ahead and take a shot at it. So far the guesses have been far too low.

Even Later: 123! My goodness I do have a little self control. A bit less yarn than that.

38 comments:

Dee said...

I'll guess 42.5 miles of yarn.

I don't even want to venture how many miles of yarn I have. That would be a scary number.

But, after organizing it last month, I have to say ... there isn't one skein I wish I hadn't bought. I still love it all.

Heather said...

46 miles. :)

Once i get everything i left in NH moved out here, I will have to catalogue and inventory the stash . . .

Joan said...

I did the math - my guess is a whopping 59.2 miles - OMG!

wenat said...

I'm going to guess that you have 123 miles of yarn in the stash!

I'm impressed that you counted the yarn in your stash -- that's so organized!

Jersey said...

I tried to post but it didn't work for some reason. Based on nothing, I'll guess 74 miles. However much you have it is amazing!

Jane said...

My guess is 52 miles.
Why do you keep your angora in the freezer?
Jane

JC said...

I'm guessing 62 miles of yarn.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Hi, I'm going to guess 54.25 miles. I tried just once to catalog my yarn. Never again. I sweat it multiplied, flew areound room, disappeared and reapppeared with total abandon, never allowing me an accurate count. When I lost the paper I'd written all my notes on, I just gave up. I came here from WiKnit's contest blog, and will post to mine.

m. said...

I guess 51.36 miles, totally arbitrary number. :)

Also, I'm sending you a PM on Rav on a related matter. :)

cksknitter said...

This is like one of those word problems in math class! I guess 63.4 miles.

Pam said...

My guess is 83.4 miles. Absolutely random guess. :)

Turtle said...

wow, what a stash! and how organized~ i am guessing 48.3 miles.

brownbear said...

I'm guessing... 71?

Sharon Rose said...

62 miles of smiles :)

Emily said...

75 miles of yarny goodness.

Kristen said...

Wow, what a stash! I'll guess 64.1 miles of yarn. Can't wait to find out the answer.

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Just a wild guess... 88 miles. I think it is quite enormous though. But it also makes me wonder how many miles in yarn I would have

katerina said...

Ohhh.. I'd have to guess...79.6 miles of yarn - can't wait to hear - do we get pictures too?

Mara said...

I'm thinking 73.1 miles of yarn.

Josiane said...

I'd say you have 68 miles of yarn. Enough for quite a bit of knitting fun!

Bev said...

Let me take a wild guess and say 65miles. I know that I don't want to know how many miles I have. the fact would scare me.

Debbie said...

Hi well my guess is 55.5 miles. (I like numers to be all the same LOL). thanks for the contest. Debbie

|chee-uh| said...

I guess 98.6. Fun! Thank you for the contest.
Chia

Marilyn said...

I think it's 88 miles...but who's counting.

Anonymous said...

guessing, 57.5 miles .. my husband would say more than that or even less than that is far too much for him! hehehe

d. smith
fraid2fly1@yahoo.com

Katie O said...

I think you have 112 miles of yarn!!

catiebell said...

I can't even begin to figure it out mathmatically, so I'm just going to pull a number out of the air - 41.9 miles of yarn.

Where do you keep that much yarn?

WickedPyssa said...

63.1

Aster said...

Simply amazing! I cannot even fathom that much yarn. I bet I have about 40 skeins of yarn in my stash, counting the bits and bobs of leftover yarn.

I am going to sayyyyyyyyy.... 84.52 miles.

Here's hoping for victory!

Aster.etsy.com

EJ said...

How ever much it is in miles, that's one large stash!

I'll guess 62.1

Rachel O said...

65.04

A nice round number. I have to go figure that out mine now.

purple-power said...

I was sure I had taken a guess, but I don't see me anywhere. I'll go with 68.19 (a year of great significance if you read it correctly)

Elaine said...

I was just going in for a random guess, but then I saw the last post - I like that idea choosing a year of significance.

88.19 miles of yarn

My goodness, that's roughly the distance from NY to Philadelphia a thought to ponder!

carla said...

Looks like I'm late to the party.

How can a guess be anything but random under the circumstances. The number I was going to choose is taken already so I'll go a smidge higher with 79.61

ikkinlala said...

I'll guess 86.1 miles.

Julie @ J. Knits! said...

My highly scientific calculation (yeah right!!) leads to the following guess:

152.73 miles

tom said...

I'll guess 84.6

Martha said...

My guess is 72.4