I am not a jealous person. In fact, it is quite rare that I feel jealousy towards someone. If I ever do feel a twinge of envy, on the whole it is because the person in question has children, and I want kids. Lots of 'em. Now, I'm not saying I am jealous of every single person on the planet who has children, definitely not. What I mean is that every now and again, when I'm feeling low and I see a lovely, happy family I think to myself, "Man, I wish I had that."
But now, though, I have noticed something else bringing the green-eyed monster in me, and that is knitter's stashes.
No, not that kind of stache, silly.
This kind of stash.
I don't have to scroll through someones stash on Ravelry for very long before I begin to feel a little envy for what they have. Especially if it is hand-dyed yarn. Honestly, I swear that stuff is a knitting-drug. Once you try it for the first time, you just want to spend all your money buying more.
Like most knitters & crocheters, when I first started with the craft I didn't see any point in having a stash. I used to just decide on what I wanted to make, and buy the yarn.
That logic lasted for all but one project. I soon came to realise that knitting the project was not the only enjoyable part of the process, actually buying the yarn was fun too! I quickly discovered that the best way of going about choosing a project to make was to choose the yarn first, then find a pattern to use.
I recently got a new bed, and it has three huge drawers underneath it. One of them is now being used for yarn and, guess what, IT IS FULL! It makes me very happy to pull it open and see all this yarn before me, knowing that I have so much choice in terms of what projects I can make.
Most of my yarn is cheapie acyrlic stuff, but as long as you pick particular brands you do get some lovely yarns. Stylecraft has really upped its game, and its Special 4ply & DK ranges are among my favourites to knit with. When I get a bigger budget, I'd love to be able to start stashing away hand-dyed yarns from places such as Candy Skein and Gnome Acres. Also to buy more expensive commercial yarns like Arteseno.
Until then, however, I'm perfectly happy with my stash. I'm looking forward to seeing how much it'll grow over the coming year, perhaps even a few hand-dyed skeins will make their way in there.
So, dear reader, do you have your own personal stash? If so, what is your favourite yarn hidden away in there?
I'll see you guys at the same time tomorrow, when Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week kicks off - wahooooo! I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to it! If you aren't joining in, I highly recommend you do so, it is a bundle of fun!