Lately, in the comments, I’ve had a couple that made me think. Before I go any farther, remember this is not a debate and there’s no need for anyone to be snippy. You may or may not see the need to stash anything but I hope you can see that we’re all different and we all have different opinions and different ways of doing things and I find it interesting to know why folks do or don’t do things.
My questions for you:
- If you’re keeping up with how much you’re adding and how much you’re using (either fabric, yarn or whatever), why do you do it?
- If you have a stash at your house, why? Why don’t you just go buy it when you need it?
This is one of the recent comments:
Wow ! I have never counted the yards I have used up. Why do you keep a record? I really dont understand all the records you keep. I hope you can explain to me why you do this. I find it interesting.
My response: I don’t go to a great deal of trouble to count up the yardage but either I’m using a pattern, which has the yardage given, or I’m working off Electric Quilt, which also gives the yardage needed. Since I’m working out of the stash, I have to measure to see how much fabric I have, and compare that to the required amount of fabric. Documenting the yardage used with each quilt as it’s made takes about half a second so I don’t consider that to be any trouble. It’s something I enjoy doing and if I didn’t enjoy it, or didn’t see the value in it, I would no longer track it. There’s nothing wrong with not doing it . . it’s just how I do things. BTW, I can tell you pretty much exactly how much food I have in my pantry, how much we spent on groceries, eating out and gas this year . . not because it’s tax deductible or anything but that’s just how I operate.
As far as the fabric tracking, I like to see how much I used or how much I added. If I’m adding 100 yards per year and using 300 yards per year, I know that if I keep that up, I’m going to run out of stash some day, depending on the size of my stash. At this point, since I’m not adding fabric, I enjoy going back through the years and seeing how much I’ve used.
Also, I am starting to see a dent in the stash . . just a tiny dent but a dent nonetheless.
The second comment:
By my count, you have somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 skeins of yarn. Based on what you used this year, it will take you 10 years to knit all that yarn up IF you don’t buy any more (and I don’t really think you can go a whole year without buying any, LOL).
I have to admit though, I don’t really get the concept of stash. When I want to make something, I buy the fabric or yarn I need and I make it. I never really understood investing thousands of dollars in stuff I may never use just for the convenience of having it around. It obviously makes you happy though, and that’s worth something!!
First, I’m not taking money or yarn with me when I go so I might as well spend it, since I enjoy shopping for yarn, waiting for it to arrive, opening the packages and fondling the yarn. Yes, it makes me happy. As an example of how different we all are, it is really hard for me to go to a restaurant and spend $50 or more on dinner when I could have made something equally as good or better at home, for about $8. And, we rarely go on vacation. We have everything here that we enjoy so why spend money dealing with other people, eating out and then come home with nothing to show for it? It’s all in how we see things. I don’t fault anyone who goes on a nice cruise every year but I spend way less money on yarn than most people spend going out to eat or on vacations.
Second, I’ve never lived near a quilt or yarn shop. When we were in KY, it was about 40 miles to a quilt shop. In MO, it was about 60 miles. Here, I don’t have a clue. There’s a yarn shop about 2 hours from me.
I’ve seen this happen a little bit with yarn but much more so with fabric. There’s hardly a piece of fabric in my stash that I paid more than $4/yard for. I bought fabric from Eleanor Burns’ tent at Paducah and it was less than $4/yard and I would load up on the name brands I loved. When I quilted for a quilt shop, I got a great discount and bought lots of fabric there. When I ordered whole bolts from a shop, I got a great discount on that. Years ago, I would catch good sales at an online shop and often got quilt shop brands for $2.50/yard along with free shipping.
If I want to make a quilt, it’s hard to order colors online and have them be exactly what I wanted them to be. It’s easy to go to the fabric closet and pull out what I need. It would be a total waste of time and money to drive 2+ hours to a quilt shop from here, shop, then drive 2+ hours back home. It’s so much easier and more convenient to have it on the shelves here at home so I can use it when needed.
I hope this gives a little insight into why I do some these two things, even though my reasonsing probably makes sense to no one but me. 🙂