I have a friend who, quite literally every time she comes to my house, wanders into
the game room my fiber studio and says, "Terry! Do you think you have enough yarn!?" (I'd need the paddles if she caught site of what I have stored in the basement!) I'm not really sure what motivates her shock and the need to bring it up every.single.time, but obviously if I thought I had enough I'd stop getting more. Often she tries to bring my husband in on the discussion. What does he think of all the yarn? she wonders. He has been instructed to back me up, no matter what. (Pete and I have a little agreement. When my stashes equal his hobbies dollar for dollar I will stop. I am a few Golding Spinning Wheels and a new Bernina sewing machine behind the motorcycle, boat, scuba equipment, winter hiking paraphanalia, etc. before I come anywhere close.)
According to Ravelry I have a pretty smallish stash. But what does Ravelry know? I've been thinking about really adding my stash to my Ravelry profile, but the thought of the photographing and inventory-ing is daunting. Then I think, like some others, I'll just add what I get new to the stash page. That's a pretty good plan, but I haven't managed even that small task. A lot of people have pretty big stashes, that is for sure.
And have you seen the queues?! On Ravelry building up a queue is a lot easier. Love that cardigan that so-and-so just finished? Click the button. That hat perfect for your mother's birthday? Click the button. Those socks making you drool? Click, click, click. My queue is rather filled up, but it is nothing compared to some. I admire people like Margene. She actually waits until she has yarn and a real plan before she clicks. That is some restraint.
What do our stashes and queues say about us? That we are hoarders? Maybe. Compulsive buyers? Possibly. Delusional crazy people? Probably. Eternal optimists? YES! That is exactly what our yarn, fabric, fiber, and craft supply stashes say. I mean, really. Is there much of your stash that you think you will never, ever get to? I don't have much. I look through my stash and my collection of UFOs with the calm assurance that I will knit up every yard of that yarn. We knitters, we are a testament to hope. With every skein we add to our lives we see not just an organization issue, we see the future. A future for that yarn, combined with needles, a vision and our skill, that is far beyond what the yarn is in that ball or skein. The feeling I get when shopping for a new project, be it in a store or my own stash, is akin to the endorphin high I get after a run. There is a rush in casting on a new sweater, scarf or glove. We are generators of our own natural high. We envision ourselves or a loved one loving and wearing it, this makes us visionaries. Every swatch knitted is the beginning of a dream (okay, sometimes a nightmarish one, but still). We are dreamers. The process of knitting every stitch is calming, lowering our blood pressure and heart rates. We are meditators. Stitch after stitch, one after the other we become creators. Looking forward to binding off, blocking and finishing so that we can give or use in love. We are romantics.
So, the question. What does my stash say about me? I'm an optimist. I'm a dreamer, a visionary, creative and a giver of joy. Right now I'm dreaming of proudly displaying my positive attributes by way of my stash in Ravelry. What does that say? That I really am an optimist.
Three hundred twenty-eight to go. At least that one ball of yarn is being added to my Ravelry stash, but adding to the actual stash is so much more fun.