Monday, February 06, 2006

The Knitting Confessional

Okay all you sinful little knitters, it's time for the monthly confessional. Actually, I've struggled a bit with my confession this month. My knitting projects are moving along nicely and I don't have any strange knitting accidents to report, yet. I do, however, feel the need to confess my knitting weakness. No, it's not thoughts of Koigu keeping me up at night or regret over not even attempting the Knitting Olympics. (The World's Worst Knitter completing something in 16 days? I'd have to give up the title and I'm fond of my title. It even came with a really tacky belt that has brass stuff all over it.) My confession has to do with a psychological condition. I suffer from Stash Envy.

I don't think it's very common. I mean, almost every knitter I've ever met has a stash. Except me. I just don't have a very big one. In fact, it's embarrassingly small. (It's so small that I keep my back to the other knitters when...wait I'm thinking of something else here. ) I'm so jealous of knitters who, when asked where they found the fabulous yarns for their incredible projects glibly reply "It's been in my stash for awhile." I don't have any yummy stuff just aging away waiting for the perfect project to present itself. What I have, dear readers, is a Rubbermaid tub full of crap.

Don't get me wrong. I have 3 interesting skeins from Russia. Different colors, all hideous. I have 2 skeins from Germany. Different colors, both hideous. These were gifts. Am I going to turn down gifts? (I know it's considered rude by some to even discuss the topic of gifts on a knitting blog, but not everyone is fortunate enough to receive crappy European yarn as a gift.) The rest of my stash consists of sad little leftovers and a few skeins from a grab bag of yarn I bought a couple of years ago.

It's not that I don't buy yarn. Actually, it is that I don't buy yarn. Okay. That's not right. I do buy yarn for the project at hand and just don't buy anymore until I have another project coming up. I made a huge leap when I bought some Koigu just for the hell of it last month. That's knitting out of the box here in Savant world.

Confession is good for the soul and so, to relieve myself of this envy and enter the world of normal knitters who hoard and fondle fabulous yarns right in their own homes all the while wondering where the hell they're going to store it, I will start my stash. It will be tough, but I think I'm up to the challenge. Now where did I put that Knitpicks catalog?


Anonymous jillian said...

Yup. That's what I thought when I started :)

We'll talk in six months. Bwa haaa haaaa

9:25 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Mine isn't very big either and I usually just buy for the project at hand. I never seem to use the stuff in the stash. Hey, consider overdying those ugly colors with your collection of Wilton colors!

5:45 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

You should probably rush on over to Carole Knits and join her Extend Your Stashalong! She posted pictures of her entire stash and everyone felt sorry for her...

You'll be surprised at how sneakily stash happens. You're better off not having a bunch of stash, actually, because then you'll have to confess about how much yarn is in your stash. Plus then you have too much yarn angst.

Really, it's a no win either way, now that I think about it.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Chris is right. Yes, here I am stalking her in comments yet again! Maybe I need to confess to something? I am in the too much stash game. But what do you do when at first there is no yarn shop around and so you order online all the time. Then later there are 3 shops in town. Then you start working at one of the shops in town. See, it's not my fault. I am doomed!

12:49 PM  
Blogger janna said...

My stash isn't so big, but I have a fair amount of ugly stuff in it, that I probably will never use. If you want it to increase your stash, you're welcome to it!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Birdwell said...

Stash..I got the worlds crappiest stash. I have 4 rubbermaid tubs FULL of one or two skeins of a different color...all acrylic. And half the yarn is in ungodly ugly colors. I can not buy anymore yarn until I get rid of all that yarn. I am doomed to making dolly clothes and easy wash scarves until the end of time.

Yes this is an entirely inherited stash from my Mom who moved to VA. Just say no to inherited yarn seems like a good thing,but is it really??

1:42 PM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

**comforts you** eep! The European yarn sounds interesting, if only in the Chinese curse tense of the world ;o) But still -- interesting! I have enough yarn to fill a four by two by three foot box... but it is all 'gifted-and-thrifted' acrylics of varying age and colour. I bought a box of wool yarn (not Koigu, but that would be delicious!) and am slowly, carefully using it.

Best of luck with your stash!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Donna S. said...

I'm working on my stash. I don't have much nor much budget!!! I am like you....I am soo jealous of hearing other people talk about their stash.

5:36 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I think most knitters suffer from having a stash...and having at least one ugly skein in it...I suffer from it. Though I think I have more than just one hideous hue in my boxes. (Those are the ones that I consistently shove further and further to the back of my closet. Maybe one day that color will be "in".)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Although I do have a stash of yarn, what I find is that I do not have enough quantity in any one yarn to do anything more than a scarf or a hat... I've decided that I am better off buying for a specific project than buying a couple of beautiful skeins here and there... As for the ugly skeins, regift, regift regift! :o)

7:39 AM  

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