I have gathered a lot of yarn through the years of being a professional writer about knitting. Some of it is great, and some of it isn’t. Some of it just isn’t great for me, and would do better in someone else’s stash, or, even better, with someone who would knit with it.
I believe that having some stash is good. You don’t always want to have to run to the store when the mood hits to start a new project, and it’s nice to have all that potential just sitting in your house. But it can definitely get out of control.
So I found this article on Post Stitch’s blog really interesting. It’s about how to build the perfect yarn stash. It suggests that knitters should keep a variety of weights on hand, should stock up mostly on solid colors (because they’re easier to combine in projects) and should remember that, unless you only knit one skein projects, sometimes buying more than one of the same thing is a good idea.
They also suggest keeping your stash organized and documented using Ravelry or their printable yarn stash cards, which are really cute and maybe an easier way to keep track than loading it all into Ravelry. (Though I’d like a spot on the card where you could indicate where the yarn is stored, since I have yarn in a couple of different places in my house.)
Do you think it’s possible to have a perfect stash? What would that mean to you? (For me, a perfect stash would like in a TARDIS-like closet and all hanks would be self-winding!) I’d love to hear your thoughts.
[Photo via Post Stitch.]