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Glenna, of Knitting to Stay Sane had an interesting post this week called, Postcards from the Stash.
She has a beautiful defense for her stash in that it is like having a shelf of good books to read; some might be old favorites that you reread over and over, others might be collectibles, rare and precious. I enjoyed thinking about how true that analogy is, but I offer an analogy of my own.
I want to have a strategy for my stash, when it needs enhancing again... ahem, cough, cough. When I grocery shop, I always try to replenish the staples, ingredients for sauces, soups, pasts dishes. In yarn equivalents, that might be the workhorse yarns that I can count on to give me great results, occasionally I splurge on in ingredients for a new dish I want to try... in yarn, that might be something more unusual or hard to find or just too pleasant to pass up.
I spent the better part of this day going through three storage tubs filled with yarn. I took photos and updated my Stash page on Ravelry. And, even to all of my fibery friends, I am ashamed of the lot that I have amassed. I am afraid to calculate the yardage, and even more afraid to total the amount of money invested. (Here is where I breathe a huge sigh of relief that there is no Mr. Beantown to wag a finger at my extravagance...) As I unloaded all of the yarn, I came upon things I have no recall of ever buying. (Perhaps there is an equivalent of the Tooth Fairy afoot?)
Here is just a bit of what I have stored away. I am going to highlight the sweater quantity stash today.
|Cascade 220 Heathers. I plan to use this yarn to make Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston|
|Nashua Handknits Ivy, this was an eBay purchase. I don't know which sweater this will become.|
|Louis Harding Ca'd'Oro. I had been thinking of making a sweater out of Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits.|
|I don't know what I was thinking this could be, I just liked the color name... Fedora. Suggestions?|
|Cashsoft DK. This may become Cameo.|
|Classic Elite La Gran. I dream of replicating a cabled cardigan I had in high school.|
|Berroco Vintage, another eBay deal. I have no plans for this yet, but I have enough for a sweater and then some.|
|Bristol Yarn Gallery Ashton.|
I have more sweater quantity stash to share but the camera battery died. I will have to try to get good pictures again next week.
As I was looking critically at the pile, I did notice I had a lot of green and rust colors, in the jewel tone spectrum. I need some help matching yarn to pattern and will use the Yarn tab on Ravelry to search for patterns. That is unless you have suggestions... lol.
So here is a challenge for my blogging friends. Would you write a post about your stash, how and where you store it, what's in it, or why some things have not become a FO? I love hearing about how other knitters shop for yarn at sales, or otherwise. If you accept the challenge, leave a comment below with a link to your page. I think many of us would love to peek over your shoulder to see what's in your stash.
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