I don’t really have any friends here who knit. As you know, I get kind of obsessive about buying for whatever I’m involved with so my yarn stash has just . . well, gotten totally out of control. That’s not a bad thing because some day Vince is going to retire and even though I hope we’re not struggling financially during our retirement years, I doubt I’d feel real good about spending lots of money on yarn so it’s nice that I have a good stash.
This week, since I’ve basically sat in the recliner and been in bed about 24/7, I’ve had lots of time to think and I wondered . . what about your stash?
- Do you have sweater quantities of yarn?
- Do you mostly have one skeins of a whole bunch of different yarns . . I guess this would mostly apply to sock yarn?
- Did you buy the yarn with a purpose/project in mind? If so, do you remember what the project was or do you have it all organized so that you do know what yarn was meant for what pattern?
- Do you still like the yarn/patterns even though it’s been a while since you bought them?
- How likely are you to use the yarn that you have before buying more?
In my mind, yarn is a bit different from fabric. I can always piece together odd pieces of fabric to make a backing for a quilt, or make a scrappy quilt but with all the different contents/weights/plies of yarns, I don’t see doing a lot with odd skeins of yarn. If a sweater pattern calls for 1400 yards and I only have 1100 yards, I might can add a second yarn that’s the same weight, same fiber content, same washing instructions and add a stripe or accents but for the most part, I want the exact same yarn from the exact same dye lot and therefore, I find it easier to buy new yarn for new projects and get exactly what I need. Likewise, if I have 1400 yards here and the pattern calls for 1100 yards, I feel like I’m wasting a whole skein by using a lesser amount of the yarn and I end up buying new yarn.
Is this how you feel or do I need intervention?