Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Stash

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As it always happens whenever I’ve finished a big project, my mind is scattered.  I think my brain sees a tidy work table as a fresh opportunity to start a whole bunch more things, as if I have now bent the time/space continuum and can make everything all at once.  It’s hard to settle on something when it all seems so possible, and I already have the yarn to make everything in the world. 

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I did spend a few hours (yes, hours!) sorting through the stash and tidying and organizing and (gulp) getting rid of a few things.  When it was all out on the table, all in one place, it was kind of an eye-opener. 

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That’s really more yarn that I want to keep track of.  It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t remember what all was in there, which made me squirm every time I opened the door.  While it was all piled on the table, the girl came in, made some kind of horrified noise, called me “Mother” (for emphasis), and then began to narrate a documentary about how the total disarray was a metaphor for my mind, as the bags were slithering one at a time to the floor, which made me fall over laughing. 

After a few minutes of panicked pacing and hand-wringing, during which I was positive it would never fit back in the cupboard, I dug in and started sorting.  I found out some things.  1) I love sock yarn.  2) I have a big requirement for beige and gray.  3)  I have probably spent more on yarn than the entire cost of my college education.  I also re-discovered so many lovely things I’d forgotten about, and was all inspired about them again, but I also had to admit I really do have enough yarn now.  And it felt great to purge some of it, and to put back neatly everything that was left. 

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It does seem like I’d better get busy.  I’ve got a few ideas.

45 comments:

  1. Ha ha, you know when you get the "Mother!", there are a few raised eyebrows. What a great stash, I could stare at it all day. Some magical things are going to come out of that cupboard, kinda like the Narnia wardrobe. Have fun playing with your yarn!

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  2. ooooohhh! What a gorgeous colorful cupboard! Well done on the sorting it really is quite daunting isn't it? Can't wait to see what you settle on making next :) By the way I just posted about the clothes peg bag I made after being inspired by your one the other week - thank you, my pegs aren't falling out all over the place now! Helen x

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  3. I love your stash!!! I thought I had a lot...but I was wrong.. so much and so many thoughts going through my mind of what I could do if I had that much!!!!! I think you are set for a while!
    XOXO
    SHARI!

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  4. I totally understand the stash thing. I am the same and also with books; can't walk away from a bargain book! xxx

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  5. You do have a beautiful (and substantial) yarn collection. You need one for as many great ideas as you have:)

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  6. Oh that is a beautiful yarn stash. Funny that you are pairing down because I will be doing the same thing to my other items in my studio - makes me kinda dizzy just thinking about it. It's like I'm a craft supply addict.

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  7. Great stash and I must thank you for making me feel so much better about my own. My stash is like your stash's little baby sister. Sometimes I think I enjoy buying it, admiring it and planning what to do with it more than using it.
    I can't help hoping that a couple more granny blankets are going to come out of that cupboard!

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  8. Beautiful, soft, feel good to the touch, eye candy, and sit back and plan the next project. I love to organize my stash...dream about the next project, find a basket, pattern and the needles...have the next pair of socks ready to knit...one zip lock bag with the yarn and everything ready to start a stocking hat or purse or socks in the car, truck, and Yukon...just ready for a road trip. Every girl or guy with knitting needles needs a stash like yours...you are Blessed!

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  9. Love all those pretty colors sitting together on the shelf. Have fun figuring out what to do next. :)

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  10. I think your yarn stash is beautiful LOL! I like that you have a way to see everything at one time. Mine is all in boxes and 31 totes in our closet under the stairs. It's become my craft closet, lol.

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  11. Whoa that's a LOT! Can't wait to see what blankets come out of there :-)

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  12. Your yarn collection is beautiful! I always have a lot of grey and beige too.
    Claire

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  13. I love that you used your yarn bombed tree as your new header. Looks great! And all that yarn. Lovely! I have yarn in cupboards, drawers, baskets, totes -- all over the place, in every room. Not sure what it would look like if I gathered it all together. One day I'll get organized. Maybe. :) Have a great day! Tammy

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  14. I just moved last week, have a wonderful new, and large yarn room, and am scared to do the same thing.

    My husband, having moved the 'x' number of containers of yarn, now knows I certainly have a lot, and unfortunately, enough.

    How do you suggest to organize and yarn and fiber stash.
    Is it best to start based on color, and type ?

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    1. I sorted out the cotton (had more of that than I thought, yikes) and then sorted the wools by weight. :)

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  15. Ooo, I am so jealous! You have so many, and all those colors....you could make anything you think up, very fun!

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  16. In her book Really Wild Tea Cosies the author Loani Prior encourages us to embrace our stash. She said that the yarn is our palette as artists and we cannot create without it! We can never have too much yarn.
    xXx Helen

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    1. Now that I can get behind! Thanks, Helen. :)

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  17. What a beautiful cupboard of wool......I am drooling it is so lovely!!!

    Luv Jane XX

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  18. Wow! How lovely! You can never have too much yarn! Rachel x

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  19. Oh never mind crochet covers for the trees what about a cover for your house, he he. If you enjoy it who cares. Have a lovely woolie day. Ali x

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    1. That's my kids' favorite joke. I'm not ruling it out... ;)

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  20. Wow...I thought I had lots of yarn stuf on my loft,but that's nothing with your stuff,ha,ha

    greats from Holland!
    Angeline
    www.mijnplekkie.tk

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  21. Is there such a thing as to much yarn? Hmmmm I think not! LOL I am jealous! 1)you have a cabinet your yarn goes in and 2)you had time to organize it.....so jealous. Then again do child labor laws apply to your own kids? I could get them to organize mine. :)

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  22. Wow...and I was worried about the two big bags I have! Clearly I have a way to go with my stash. I have a little yarn envy now.

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  23. Please let us know if you mange to concur the space time continuum. Because there are way too many things to make with all that beautiful yearn!!

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  24. Your quilt turned out so pretty. I love the simple pattern, of just small squares and the colors are so calming. It is awesome.
    All that yarn . . . I'm sure that your brain is spinning with ideas. Have a great weekend. Connie :)

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  25. Oh to have even a fraction of that lovely looking stash!

    I have a tiny quantity in comparison & my hubby moans I have too much & too many projects on the go (only 3 at the mo!)

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  26. OMG you have a lovely meditation corner. I guess it will be the special space to "meditation" about lovely projects!

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  27. THANK YOU! I had to point out your stash to my hubby - he likes to give me a hard time about my yarn stash (which fits into one large bag). Yours is gorgeous though - I look forward to seeing what you come up with to use it. :) I sometimes buy yarn with a specific intention of what I will use it for - but never quite get started. Sigh. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

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  28. Good grief you could open a shop with your yarn stash!!! Bet you feel good about sorting it though, and re-discovering finds you'd lost track of.
    Have a great weekend Kristen!
    Gil xx

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  29. oh my god!!!! My husband would kill me if it got to that stage! You need to get using up lady!

    I am jelous!!!

    Kate xx

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  30. I'm inspired by your header to do a bit of yarn bombing myself. I've found all sorts of left over squares from afghans and bags that can be put to good use.

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  31. Are you living my life???? One thing I did that I am SOOOOO glad I did (last time I tossed my stash!)--I put it all in Ravelry. Now I know what I have--and really have used some things that I never would have thought about for some projects. (yep--I'm a sock-yarn-ahoic specializing in grey and beige--and black and brown.......and just about every color of the rainbow since my stash might actually be just a tad bigger than yours--it takes up a whole closet. )

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  32. I love your stash, its the stuff of dreams lol, I'm showing these pictures to my husband who thinks my own stash is too much all 3 carrier bags of it so he may remain silent and forever hold his peace! can't wait to see all your yummy stash busting projects of the future, a woman after my own heart xx

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  33. Just showed this to my husband...now he knows there are more like me out there...thank you!

    Jennifer

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  34. i am now completely envious. my gosh your stash. if you have another moment and don't know what to do with it, don't forget your friend here in california. ;)

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  35. Oh hon, that is the most fantastic stash I've ever seen!! I am beyond jealous. You must feel so very inspired every time you look at all that yarny gorgeousness. I can't wait to see what fabulous projects you create next.

    Leah
    xx

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  36. Wow :-) I am glad to see your store of yarn :-) :-) Jolana

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  37. I think that it is funny that all that yarn worries you . Come to my place . They don't make tables big enough to hold my stash / insulation :)
    One day ...........

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  38. I bet you love looking at it while it's still tidy!! It looks lovely... I would even be tempted to leave the door open :) I looked through mine the other day, and I did find some really beautiful yarns I totally forgot I had! Trouble is, when I have pretty ones like that I don't want to 'waste' it!! Haha! Ridiculous i know! :) I do love the time when I have finished something big though! What are you planning?

    Abi from notwhatyournanamade.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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