Category Archives: Stash

Cultivate & Create: Episode 23

FO!!

WIP

Something I want: Halloween yarn!!

Something I need: knit slippers (possibly Simple House Slippers by Simone A.)

Something to wear: eShakti (referral link for $30 off)

Something to read

Creepy, Crawly Critter KAL!! with Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin

Lamby Toes Shop Coupon Code & Giveaway!!

  • Check out Amanda’s shop!
  • Use code SHOONANIGANS for 15% off until October 31st
  • What’s your favorite colorway??? (Mine are Experiment 080 & Rebel Girl…no one said you had to choose one!)
  • Must be a member of the group.
  • Enter by October 17th(ish)

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Cultivate & Create: Episode 21

Shoonanigans!

Finished Object!!

  • Kisses by the Sea by Joji Locatelli in Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the Tea Cup, Rusted Nail, and Raven colorways. Such a fast knit!!

WIPs

Something I want: A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co.

Something I need

  • Slow down!!
  • Good knitting friends and test knitters for critique

Something to wear: Filament by Anne Podlesak and Kathleen Dames

Something to read:

The Girl Who Crafted giveaway!!

  • Discount code: Cultivate2016
  • Lily Blue colorway on your choice of base
  • Visit Sari’s shop
  • What other fandoms and characters would you like to see?
  • Must be a member of the group

Creepy, Crawly Critter KAL!! with Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin

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Stash Guilt?

This past weekend I spent some time organizing and taking inventory of my stash. I started taking photos of some new (and not-so-new) skeins to upload to Ravelry and had a twinge of guilt for my wool-piggery, but then I caught myself. Why? Why should I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy?

I was tagged by @thereadingknitter for #widn. I have a cold, so I'm going to my happy yarny place and cataloging some new stash (and maybe casting on a new project--or two). I can always count on @yarnhoarder and @swordofaknitter to take me to a happy yarMy stash has become somewhat of a joke among my knitting group and my family. Last year I had a purge and put the spoils out for my knitting friends to take, and I often give yarn to my mom (which often results in my getting a knitted gift in return). Chris, my husband, calls it “his investment”. A few weeks ago, Chris and I were talking about our will, and I joked that I’m making a friend an executor of my yarn. He told me that, no, he’d be putting it up on eBay or Etsy. I know he was joking, but I felt a flare of anger as silly as that sounds. The idea of my stash being sold off without care really bothered me. My yarn brings me joy, each skein, and I enjoy sharing that joy when a skein no longer speaks to me. I suppose this brings me back to my initial thought: Why do I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy? The answer seems to be that I feel like I should. I often hear knitters talk about their stash with that tone…that guilty tone, like we’re doing something wrong because we indulge ourselves. You hear it at retreats and fiber fairs a lot. My #stitchesmidwest2015 haul. I was deliberate in my purchases, but I forgot to pick up another @kitchencountercrafter needle-minder. Clearly, I'll have to hit up @javajennie when she gets home.

Well, I’m done with that tone. I have a well-curated stash, and I’m proud of it. When I see a new pattern on Ravelry or Instagram, and I’m feeling knitspired, I know I can go upstairs, dig through my yarn, and find the perfect skein. I recognize that isn’t for everyone. Some knitters function better by buying only for planned projects, and that works for them. That makes them happy. But for me, I like that my yarn room overfloweth, and I don’t want to feel badly about that.

My lights are still on, my son is fed, and my yarn brings me joy. So I’m standing up (figuratively) and saying, I’m Sarah. I have a large stash. And I’m proud of it.