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Sep 18, 2016

Who's Winning the Stash Wars?

For those of us who knit, crochet, weave, spin and dye yarn, stash management is a part of life. I can't speak for you, but in my case, the stash is constantly expanding and contracting, which means sometimes I'm managing it and sometimes it's managing me.

Yarn in: Knit, knit, knit. Yarn out: Replenish the supply. Yarn in: Knit. Yarn out: Replenish.

You get the picture. Since September marks the start of yarn season in my corner of the world, it seemed like a good time to pause and take a moment to assess recent stashbusting efforts. Here's a quick roundup:


Alaris Wrap
Stash: 50% (all CCs)
New: 50% (black MC)


Stash: 80% (black, purple, red)
New: 20% (turquoise)


Stash: 100% (red, cream, green)
New: 0%

Christmas Trees Worsted
Stash: 100% (red, white, green)
New: 0%


Christmas Trees Chenille
Stash: 100% (magenta, blue, green)
New: 0%


Lucben Rose 
Stash: 85% (all CCs)
New: 15% (cream MC)



Stash: 15% (purple)
New: 85% (blue, teal, rose, buttercream, cream)



UNO 
(Unnamed Object, WIP)
Stash: 50% (all CCs)
New: 50% (black MC)



What does this mean in terms of yardage? I don't yet know. Eventually, I'll sit down and crank the numbers, but for now, I'm simply reading the runes and searching for signs.

So, who's winning the stash wars?

Based on the evidence above, there was one brief, glowy, completely delusional moment when I thought I might be. Then the glow faded as reality crept in: The yarn cupboards are packed to capacity and countless skeins are roaming around in the form of projects on the needles and in the planning pipeline.

Whether it's cuddled in the cupboards or free ranging, the evidence is clear: In the ongoing struggle known as the stash wars, the yarn is still winning. (Must. knit. faster.)


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10 comments:

  1. Just when I feel like I've gotten control of my stash, I discover some yarn in a different place in the house. I'm pretty sure they breed when I'm not looking.

    I have no self control when it comes to buying yarn (and bags to hold the yarn!), it's just all so pretty!

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    1. Can totally relate! Yarn is so soft, sweet and seductive, it's difficult to resist. And yes, it does tend to multiply when we're not looking ;)

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  2. So true: "sometimes I'm managing the stash and sometimes it's managing me!"

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    1. The stash has mighty and mysterious powers, doesn't it?!

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  3. I've long ago accepted the fact that I'm probably going to die in a stash avalanche. I'm well beyond SABLE and I'm okay with that. I do destash every so often but I'm being more mindful about what comes into my house....and sometimes things like Stitches West happen and the yarn fumes and the next thing you know, my credit card is maxed out and my entire car is spilling with yarny goodness.

    Okay, it never gets that bad.

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    1. LOL!

      Mindful is good, but it's hard to beat the comfort and appeal of a well-stocked stash filled with a lifetime supply of yarn!

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  4. Yarn is relatively inexpensive, has no calories since one does not eat it, and it makes me happy. I've decided those are more than a good enough reasons to keep acquiring it.

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    1. So true! Which may explain why my yarn cupboards are once again packed to capacity :)

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  5. See....we (the Hubs and I - he is an enabler) refer to it as my "retirement fund," when I retire, I may not have the money that I do now....so I'm stashing for the future...and MUST HAVE ALL THE YARNZ!

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    1. Sounds like a great plan. A retirement fund is a good thing, and when it's comprised of fiber, it's even better!

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