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    2021 Stashbusting MAL Guide & Chat

    2021 Stashbusting MAL Guidelines
    • Everyone starts at zero - Whether you join at the beginning of the year or mid-year.
    • All yarn in your stash counts.
      • Skeins counts as +2
      • Partials are considered a ball & count as +1 point when you use it up.
      • Points are rewarded with no regard as to how the yarn leaves your stash (projects, gifts, donations, trash, the dog ate it.)
    • Using partial skeins - When a partial skein is used, earn +1 pt. When the remainder of the skein is used(which is now referred to as a “ball”), earn the other point. +1
    • Adding to stash - Whatever form new yarn comes in (skein, hank, ball, cake, etc.), it’s a skein added to the stash with a -2 point value. Gifted or donated partials add to the stash have a -1 point value.
    • Spinners - Use your own discretion when adding spun skeins to your stash.


    General Rules:
    • A new thread will be added each week to post scores.
    • Please post your scores by midnight on Saturday, so that the scorekeeper can pick them up. The scorekeeper will be tallying the scores and posting them on Sunday.
    • Please make your score easy to be seen. Large numbers and pretty colors really help.

    Weekly Scores
    • First (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) will be noted on the scorekeeping list on Sunday, along with all the other scores.
    • If you have the largest negative total, you will receive the "Shoot the Moon" award.
    • The "Shoot the Moon" winner from the previous week will be responsible for posting the scores the following week. Year-To-Date scores will be tallied & posted by TexasPurl monthly.
    • NOTE: If the "Shoot the Moon" winner is not available to post the scores, please contact TexasPurl as early as possible so that scores can be posted in a timely manner.
    • The scorekeeper should post by 12 noon on Sunday.


    This is an on-going MAL. Feel free to join at any time!

    Remember, this is just a way to keep us mindful to use our stash before buying more.

    I do hope you'll join us!

    Click HERE for a tutorial on "Signature" editing.
    Last edited by TexasPurl; 01-02-2021, 01:29 PM.
    Debbie

    Stashbusting MAL WTD +4/YTD -342 (2020-712)(2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 22/30 (2020-55)(2019-51)(2018-35)

    I've come to the conclusion that collecting yarn, and using yarn are two entirely separate hobbies.
    Crochet Is My Yoga

    #2
    I'm in for another fun year!!
    Linda
    2021 Stasbusting week ending 10/30 WTD = 0 YTD = +58
    2020 Stash busted +160
    Book Challenge 196/200; 42 non-fiction


    "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
    The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost" JRR Tolkien

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    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl commented
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      Yay!!!

    #3
    I am super new here. I want to join in stashbusting. Thankfully I was given boxes of yarn on Christmas (hand-me-downs) and won’t be used against me. However, I have a habit of buying new yarn just because it’s on sale. I hope this will help me keep from becoming a hoarder. I just started on a new cake of yarn today. I plan to finish it up in the next few days. My fingers are crossed for success.

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    • KnitsWithHorses
      KnitsWithHorses commented
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      TexasPurl says "when one of us can't walk past a yarn sale..." I'm pretty sure that's most of us. 😆 This group is fun and motivational but zero judgy. Welcome aboard!

    • Sjuly
      Sjuly commented
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      Welcome Joxgirl!

    • Joxgirl
      Joxgirl commented
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      Thank you for your welcomes. I am working on a throw blanket for my daughter. I am using Bernat pipsqueak stripes yarn.

    #4
    I am in too! My rule of thumb will be that I have to either have a specific project PLANNED OUT that I am on purpose shopping for that I'm starting immediately or, in the case of clearance sales and other hard-core temptations, I have to have used up at least a half skein since my last purchase for each skein I purchase. Otherwise I have to give away or sell that many. If that doesn't make sense just trust me. In my head it makes perfect sense! 🤣
    Natalie from Oklahoma

    “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Robespierre

    Stashbuster MAL 2021 YTD -78 WTD +6
    2021 50 New-to-me Books: 21

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      #5
      I am in, and I have only one goal for the year: don't shoot the moon.
      Stashbuster MAL 2021: WTD = 0, YTD = -420
      Stashbuster MAL 2020: -61

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      • Spice2s
        Spice2s commented
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        good goal!

      #6
      I'm in!! Hope to acquire some specialty yarn in 2021.

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        #7
        Hehe - we don’t count fabric right?!?! 😂🤣😂🤣

        I’m glad we start at zero.
        Knitting is happening here! ❤️

        Stashbuster MAL 2021: WTD zero YTD +423
        Stashbuster MAL 2020: -286

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          #8
          I’m in also 😊. My only goal is to end up the year with a positive number. We shall see........
          Kathie from Indiana

          2021 Stashbuster: WTD + 36, YTD + 39

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            #9
            Maybe 2021 will be much easier to navigate than 2020. I did lots of online "support small business" yarn shopping last year especially during the lockdowns in the spring. I felt grateful to be at work when so many couldn't. But I bought way more than I had time to knit, (especially considering my big stock up in 2017 when my previous LYS closed.) I'm starting this year with a nice written inventory of all my stash along with pattern ideas for each larger # yarn, plus a shopping list of patterns I want to make so I buy stash intentionally if I am visiting a new shop or getting some souvenir yarn from a trip. Personal stretch goal: use up all that 2017 shopping spree!

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            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              Because of a crazy sequence of events in our family, I did zero yarn buying for almost the entire second half of 2020 so I'm honestly a little concerned that I may go a little overboard when I finally visit my favorite yarn shops in person. (If you're ever in Tulsa you have to visit Get Stitchin!) The unreliability of shipping times lately will help me resist shopping online but when I'm right there, able to actually see and touch all the beautiful yarns I may be in trouble. That is still probably a few months away so I need to get to work getting a head start against that day.

            #10
            Okay. I'm in. I tried to start late in 2020, but just didn't happen.

            I've created a spreadsheet to help me keep track. (if you want a copy of the spreadsheet, just pm me with your email address and I'll share the google sheet with you.)

            Here's to a much better 2021 !
            Visit my Blog: http://tmskquilt.blogspot.com

            Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School!
            Let's SPEW.

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              #11
              I’m totally in for the new year. I went MIA around October, but I hope to stick with it this coming year. As someone posted above, I think I will do an inventory of my yarn and then I will know exactly what I am working with and donate what I haven’t been using. We can bust these stashes together!
              Katie

              The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. ~John Buchan

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                #12
                I will be frogging several projects in January. Will partial balls from a scrap project be a -1 or -2? They may, or may not, be going immediately into another project.
                Stashbuster MAL 2021: WTD = 0, YTD = -420
                Stashbuster MAL 2020: -61

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                • TexasPurl
                  TexasPurl commented
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                  -1 for partials added to stash.

                • Steph
                  Steph commented
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                  TexasPurl - Thanks.

                • Sjuly
                  Sjuly commented
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                  it is so fun to frog a project that's not going well (or never going to happen) and get "new" yarn!

                #13
                Looking forward to 2021 with the goal of using more of my stash, and purchasing wisely. (for my budget and craft needs)

                I like the idea of doing an inventory. Not sure I will get specific enough for a spreadsheet. Who knows...if the weather gets bad and the quarantine lasts much longer...I could have more time on my hands than I know what to do with. Then creating a spread sheet may just happen.

                Stay well everyone.
                Book Challenge 30/50
                2021 stash busting WTD 0 YTD. +23

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                • KnitsWithHorses
                  KnitsWithHorses commented
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                  I don't have a computer at the moment so I'd have to print the spreadsheet and keep it by hand. Not sure if I would realistically do that. I may give it a try since hopefully I'll replace my computer for my birthday in February. I did get most of my yarn entered into the Skeinkind database though.

                • Spice2s
                  Spice2s commented
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                  KnitsWithHorses My spreadsheet is on google docs, so you can access it on your phone with Google Drive ! You don't need a computer, just access to a browser, which is what you are using to post on fiberkind with, so you have what you need! I'd be happy to share my spreadsheet with you, or you can make one for your own specifications google spreadsheets is easy to use.

                #14
                Question:

                Say I have a project (or several) that I am working on finishing this week. Since they were started in 2020, does it count in this Stashbuster if they are finished in 2021 ?
                Visit my Blog: http://tmskquilt.blogspot.com

                Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School!
                Let's SPEW.

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                • crosstitchlinda
                  crosstitchlinda commented
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                  I would say as long as you didn't count the yarn in 2020 go ahead and count in 2021.

                  Personally, I count balls/skeins of yarn when they are used up not when the project is finished. So if a project takes 3 skeins, I count those skeins as I use them and if a project takes less than a skein I don't count until it is all used up. Any other way and I'd just confuse myself.

                • TexasPurl
                  TexasPurl commented
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                  When a project is started or completed isn't considered. If you used the yarn in the current week, then it gets counted. This week consists of 12/27/2020 through 01/02/2021.

                #15
                I have completed the blanket for my daughter and finished a washcloth. Where can I go to post my 3 points? I will take pictures soon to post.

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                • Char
                  Char commented
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                  Good morning! We will have a new thread for you to post points each week on Saturday. You just keep track of you points each week and post one time on Saturday.

                  I usually use a “note” on my phone to keep track of used and gained skeins. I hope this helps!

                  Until then, here is the spot for pictures and various chatter

                • KnitsWithHorses
                  KnitsWithHorses commented
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                  Joxgirl A lot of us keep track of our WTD and YTD prices in our signature area. (week-to-date and year-to-date)

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