Let’s talk about stash. Chris loves to talk about my yarn stash, but it’s usually to remind me how many square feet of our house is occupied by yarn or how much money is invested in my stash. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard him use the term “invested”, however. I’d rather talk to people who understand my love.
I love being surrounded by yarn, but even I’m willing to admit that possibly I’ve gone a bit overboard. When I’m unwilling to even put all my yarn in one place together, let alone photograph it, it’s a sign that I perhaps need to stop buying and start knitting.
I’m not sure how you buy yarn, but I’m one who sees something pretty and must have it. I, in fact, kind of envy those people who have enough restraint to only buy yarn for projects they’re preparing to knit. Thanks to my Socks to Show Off, I’ve fallen in love with Cephalopod Yarns, and I just keep buying, thinking I’ll make a pair of socks or a shawl. This is pretty typical of my yarn-purchasing rationale. That’s great if when I decide to knit with it, I’m knitting a one-skein project, but more often I’m finding the patterns I want to cast-on require at least part of another skein.
My second problem is I have stunning yarn, but I can’t bear to even wind it up, let alone knit with it. I’m afraid I’ll choose a pattern that won’t be worthy of the yarn. At Stitches Midwest last year, I bought three skeins of Zen Yarn Garden yarns: Serenity Silk Single in Tangerine and OoaK and Serenity Silk + in Frosted Rose. I can’t express my love of these yarns. Everything from the color to the feel of the yarn is perfect; these might be my favorite yarns in my entire stash. I have several projects queued for each of these in Ravelry, but I can’t bring myself to cast-on. I have this little voice in the back of my head warning me not to waste the yarn.
To recap, I have too much yarn and need to stop buying. I have a plan to do this, though it doesn’t begin until next year, and it entails buying more yarn. I’m going to Stitches again this year, and I intend to buy yarn for next year. I’m printing out patterns I will knit, and I’m getting yarn for those projects. So, I’m going to become the person I envy: I’m going to buy yarn with specific projects in mind. In order to get the new-yarn high, I’m going to join a yarn club, as well; that way every month or two next year, I’ll get a yarn-package. I’ve also given myself permission to participate in Camp Loopy again next year, provided Sheri organizes Camp again next year.
Title from Terry Pratchett, Making Money