Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Things I Learned From The "Year of the Stash"

As I embark on the second year of knitting (and sewing) only from stash--and take others with me this time--I thought it appropriate to reflect on what (if anything) I learned last year:

1. I do not need to buy all clearance yarn. Sharing with other knitters makes me a better person. And saves me money. And might grow their stashes to be as big as mine.

2. No matter how large it is, a yarn stash really doesn't keep the house warmer

3. When buying fabric for the first time in almost a year, it would have been wiser to not attend a fabric sale unsupervised.

4. If it's been in the stash long enough, it can be hard to use up a really nice yarn. You have a history together--often longer than most marriages.

5. Once you stop being a buy-as-you-need-it knitter, there's no going back.

6. Freud was wrong. I have never met a woman who suffers from penis envy, but a lot of us do experience stash envy

7. Knitting up bulky weight yarn frees up a lot more space than lace yarn.

8. Getting to know people with even bigger stashes does not really make mine any smaller, but it seems like it does.

9. Once a yarnaholic, always a yarnaholic. There's no such thing as "just one more skein."

10. I can buy yarn at least 10 times faster than I can knit and 5 times faster than I think I can knit, or at least until I learn to knit in my sleep.