The Twelve Steps of Yarn Stashers Anonymous

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The twelve steps saved my life once before, so I am going to see if they can save me from my insurmountable stash as well.

  1. I admit am powerless over my stash—that my project queue has become unmanageable.
    My stash is insurmountable
  2. I believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity.
    Yes, I do
  3. Make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him.
    My goal is to help the guild reach over 1000 charity donations through hard work & creativity
  4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of my stash.
    Once again, this is a tough one, as every time I go into my stash, creative fireworks go off and tempting me to loose focus. However, as pictured above, I am gathering my unlabeled yarns, matching weights and organizing colors.
  5. Admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.
    Via this blog post,
    A. I relinquish my ego – desire to be a rock star – by throwing myself in to charity crochet/knitting

         B. I will not be so selfish with my stash
  6. I am entirely ready to have God remove all my defects of character.
    Yes, I am
  7. Humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings.
    Via this blog post
  8. Make a list of all persons I have harmed, and be willing to make amends to them all.
    Mental list complete. Fortunately, it is not as extensive as my addiction list
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    Through charity knitting and sharing of my stash
  10. Continue to take personal inventory, and when I am wrong, promptly admit it.
    When an opportunity presents itself, be ready to contribute
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, as I understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out.
    Always a struggle
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will carry this message to yarnies, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.


  1. I am starting with all unlabeled yarn – burn testing for fiber content – then separating by weight. Next I am organizing by color and then I am making charity scarves.
  2. Where I have more of any given color, I will make afghans, hopefully having enough or able to color match for project completeness.
  3. Will begin on fine fibers, searching for patterns based on weight/yardage of yarn to make specific items – hopefully for sale.
  4. And most importantly, I will not purchase any new yarn, except to complete a project


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