A long long time ago there was a silly teenage over-enthusiastic knitter. One day she wandered into a yarn store where multiple yarns was on sale for ridiculously low price (the yarn was a leftover from export). She doesn’t remember exactly how much she bought from these 100% cotton (and by the way very good quality) yarns, but right now she still has a little over 500 grams of this one in her stash:
and she already have knitted 2 adult sized sweaters, 2 huge winter shawl (both with yarn held double…) and a hat from it. So yeah, it was a LOT. But it’s not all! She also purchased (most probably) 500 grams of this bee-yellow (back in the days very fashionable) variety of the very same yarn:
Now she can’t think of a garment that she would possibly want to make from it because the color nowadays is a fashion faux pas and honestly she never even liked it (please don’t blame her, she was a teenager and it was extra cheep).
If you think that she assumed she had enough yarn, well, that’s not how this story happened. After a year or two, when she had already knitted up some of the (black) yarn and liked it a lot, she searched the manufacturer and found it’s own shop (which is now one of her favorites) where –guess what- she bought more yarn on sale of the same type. Some of the yarn became what it was meant to became:
some of the yarn is part of a never ending story (a blouse that waits patiently for it’s sleeves to be knitted and attached):
and some of the yarn will be turned into a cabled poncho next month:
Now, the problem is that the knitter even if she loves to work with this yarn would like to work with other types too and make some garments for which this yarn is not a good choice. She would like to experiment and grow as a knitter. She is loaded with guilt every time she purchases an exiting new yarn because she decided to use up the stash first (the skeins above are just part of it) that “collects dust” since years and takes up a lot of space (another issue). But concentrating only on the stash would eventually turn knitting into a boring chore, wouldn’t it? Why does balancing wishes and reality has to be this hard? Do you have stashaches too?
PS1: I will show the socks when I finish them.
PS2: There is an awesome giveaway on Caffeine Girl’s blog, you can win a bunch of cool stuff: a skein of Yarntini sock yarn, a chocolate Cow Pie, a pretty mug, and stitch markers that she made. Go check it out on http://www.caffeinegirlknits.com/ Good luck!