An ode to stash

Confession. I have a large stash. A very, very, very large stash.

One of 6 tubs just as overflowing as this one...

One of 6 tubs just as overflowing as this one…

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…

This is what followed me home from Knit City last weekend. Two skeins of Madelintosh DK for a pair of leg warmers; one skein of Sweet Georgia Worsted for a child's hat; one skein of CaterpillarGreen for a BoneYard Shawl and one impulse skein of Sweet Fibre Cashmerino because it's like crack for knitters

This is what followed me home from Knit City last weekend. Two skeins of Madelintosh DK for a pair of leg warmers; one skein of Sweet Georgia Worsted for a child’s hat; one skein of CaterpillarGreen for a BoneYard Shawl and one impulse skein of Sweet Fibre Cashmerino because it’s like crack for knitters

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…

Just a few of my favourite blues…

I was heavily drawn to pinks two winters ago…

Pretty in pink!

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 😉 )

My husband calls many of these pink. We agree to disagree...

My husband calls many of these pink. We agree to disagree…

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?

 

 

 

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About fitknitchick

Fitness professional, scientist, mother of three, avid knitter and collector of fine yarns, FitFluential Ambassador
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7 Responses to An ode to stash

  1. Su says:

    I’m currently knitting a Boneyard shawl, but have been struck by serious indecision! The yarn I’m using (Kauni 8/2 efekt yarn) shades throughout the skein, I’m currently using a skein that’s purple, green and turquoise, for the life of me I can’t decide whether to buy more of the same or introduce more colours!
    I am actively trying to tefuce my stash because no matter how much yarn is in there, what I want for my next project I have to buy! I also try not to buy single skeins, because for me it’s just to restricting in terms of what you can knit. It might help if I actually enjoyed knitting socks.

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    • fitknitchick says:

      Personally, I’d stick with the same three colours. It sounds beautiful and Kauni has such lovely combinations!
      I do hear you about the lonely single skeins. I do sometimes buy two of the same shade with fingering weight, for those larger shawls you know 😉

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  2. Tamara Grand says:

    Share a picture with me on Instagram when it’s done please? I’m fitknitchick_1

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  3. Su says:

    I will have to ask daughter to help me, since I have no idea how to do Instagram, but I will do.

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  4. Petra Piciacchia (Running Frau) says:

    I have a big stash that I inherited from my Grandmother when she past away yrs ago. I also received all her knitting needles and other items. Need to figure out what to make so to honour her.

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