There are times when we have knitters come in the store looking for patterns and not for yarn because they are trying to “work through their stash”. We get it. There are none among us who haven’t seen a yarn, said “ooooooh!”, bought it with the good intentions of using it for something, someday and then promptly put it out of our minds. Then, one day, as we are going to sock away yet another yarn purchase, we realize we have somehow accumulated more yarn than we know what to do with.
Here’s the problem: we are always going to want the next new thing. It’s just human nature. It’s the reason we don’t want to wear last year’s clothes: styles and tastes change. Remember when you thought you’d die if you didn’t buy that eyelash yarn? How about those endless ruffle scarves you thought you would do with that web-like yarn? How about when you first started out and loaded up with craft store yarn?
Now not all stash yarn falls into the “what was I thinking?” category. There might be some good yarn that you definitely want to use eventually. By all means find a use for that cashmere and MadelineTosh! However, some of that yarn is just dragging you down, depressing you because you feel guilty having bought it and never having used it. It’s the vegetables from the farmers market that you got overly enthusiastic about and are now going bad in your vegetable drawer. Or those expensive stilettos you were going to wear everywhere but are gathering dust on your shoe rack. Eventually we all have to own up and get rid of things that are just cluttering up our minds and lives.
I recently went through a de-stashing process. I ended up giving away 3 large black garbage bags of yarn. Some skeins were easy to eliminate, some were hard, some I practically had to pry my own fingers open. For them all I kept telling myself that they were going to a better home, to someone who would see it and have an “ooooooooooooooh!” moment of their own. Don’t cry for me though, I still have several large plastic bins full of yarn.
So, what’s the point? I guess it’s to say, really think about that yarn you are stashing. Ask yourself the following questions: 1) Is it still usable (moth, my friends, is a four letter word) 2) Do you still like it? 3) Do you have a pattern for it? 4) Do you have enough of it to actually make something? If the answer to any of the above is “no” (especially for questions 1 and 2) it might be time to de-stash. And there are many good homes to send your yarn to: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Mercy Learning Center (Bridgeport), would all be happy to embrace your yarn donation. If you have endless supplies of acrylic yarn, many church groups knit prayer shawls and elementary schools could use it for crafts.
And what do you do after you de-stash? Admire your tidy life! Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Feel good knowing that somewhere your yarn is being put to good use!
And then celebrate by buying new yarn.
Julie, WY's Do-bee and store wordsmith.