Confession. I have a large stash. A very, very, very large stash.
As in, if I never purchased another skein of yarn again, I’d have enough to keep on knitting well into my 80’s.
But because the women in my family tend to be long-lived and my healthy lifestyle suggests that I may well make it to 100, I haven’t completely given up on yarn buying just yet…
When I buy yarn, I don’t always have a project in mind. Collecting yarn and knitting said yarn are two different hobbies you know.
Much of my stash consists of single skeins of sock yarn. Almost all are hand-dyed with a fibre content that’s at least 80% merino wool. I also like silk and cashmere. Um, who doesn’t?
Not only is sock yarn great for making socks (duh), it’s also perfect for other carry-in-your-purse projects like scarves, triangular shawls, fingerless gloves and baby clothes.
Plus, a single skein of high-quality fingering weight yarn’ll only set you back $20-$30. Given that it takes me 10-12 hours to knit these types of projects, I consider that great bang-for-your-knitting-buck.
(Remember the above number if you ever think about commissioning me to knit you socks. Most non-knitters are horrified at the thought of spending that much on just the material for hand knit socks, let alone factoring in the cost of my time 😉 ).
I tend to go on colour ‘jags’ and can date my stash by hue. Kind of like dating rocks by looking at their mineral content.
Like most artists, I’ve had a ‘blue’ phase…
I was heavily drawn to pinks two winters ago…
And these days, can’t get enough purple (can you believe how many different shades of purple there are? At least as many as there are Shades of Grey 😉 )
Having a large stash gives you the opportunity to carefully match patterns to yarns, without the limitation of the few brands that your local yarn store carries. Not to mention the importance of finding just the right colour for your project.
Your stash is fun to visit on rainy days. Remembering when I purchased special skeins (I regularly purchase ‘souvenir’ yarn when on holidays) and dreaming about what they’ll eventually become is a favourite leisure activity of mine. Almost as zen as yoga.
The best thing about having a large stash?
Regardless of when I’m overcome by the urge to start a New Project (like after a late-night Ravelry binge…), chances are I’ll have exactly the yarn I need already on hand. No more loitering at my local yarn shop door waiting for them to open (and then realizing, they’re not open Mondays…) before I can cast on.
What’s your stash look like?
Do you buy on impulse or always with a project in mind?