Mar 19, 2017

Yarn is Dangerous

Knitting is fraught with fascinating conundrums. For instance, no matter how large your stash might be, there's a better than average chance the yarn you need (or want) isn't there.

Five skeins of grey? Lovely! Unfortunately, they're all the wrong shade, fiber or weight for the project you have in mind, so five fresh skeins join the ranks. (Added: 545 yards. Used: 366 yards.)


Need some very special yarn for a gift? How thoughtful! Almost certainly, whatever you have on hand isn't quite right, so out of pure necessity you acquire several skeins of blue and teal to ensure you have enough yardage and some color choice. (Added: 1600 yards. Used: 400 yards.)


Working on a project specifically designed to use up leftovers and partials? Great idea! Unfortunately, as you're heading into the final stretch, you realize the blues on hand are all wrong. So, you order two similar but different skeins of saturated turquoise, because surely one or the other will work right? (Added: 430 yards. Used: 40 yards.)

Want to get a jumpstart on this year's batch of Christmas ornaments? Sounds smart! Uh-oh. Every green yarn on hand is way too yellow (or blue or brown or boring), so you simply must get some in a more suitable shade. (Added: 550 yards. Used: 100 yards.)


Indulging in a spate of rainbow knits? What fun! However, thanks to your diligent stashbusting efforts, your supply of rainbow shades is depleted. To be on the safe side, you wisely decide to replenish your supply. (Added: 1505 yards. Used: 968 yards.)


As you know, I knit from stash as often as possible, but invest in yarn without guilt when the need arises. What triggers those yarn buys? The examples above (gifts, specific design needs, desire for the perfect color) are good illustrations. 

These were logical, well-reasoned acquisitions, but that doesn't negate the fact that in this roundup, yardage in temporarily outweighs yardage out. That's okay, because with the help of some creative stashbusting projects, all of it will eventually find its destiny. Eventually.

That said, it's important to recognize reality. Let's face it, lush and lovely or plain and practical, yarn by its very nature is seductive and very, very sneaky. Apparently, like the herd animals that produce my favorite fibers, yarn is happiest when it's safely stabled in a cozy spot with an ever-growing flock of siblings and cousins for company.

That means alone and collectively, yarn strives to entice us with its soft hand, gentle halo, rich color, subtle sheen, and possibilities real and imagined. And that makes it very dangerous indeed.

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  1. Yes, this sounds familiar. There's always a reason why the yarn you have in stash doesn't quite work right for what you want, which isn't invalid from an artistic perspective. . . but does mean that the yarn stash seems to keep growing! :D

  2. So true! My stash tends to grow for very similar reasons :)

  3. Yarn is most definitely Dangerous! Love the trees. One can never start too early on Christmas.


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