Be Proud of Your Stash!

“I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough.“

Debbie Macomber 

I recently taught a friend to knit. I shared with her a photo of a recent project and she gasped, “Where did you get that yarn?” I was able to tell her, with complete clarity, where I had bought that ball of scrumptious hand-dyed cashmere – over 10 years ago! I added that I just found it in my stash And she replied, “I aspire to have a stash like that!” I laughed but I thought, if she only knew the depth of my stash she might regret that wish someday!

It’s a frequent joke amongst knitters that their stash exceeds the amount of yarn they would use in a lifetime, but it is also commonly accepted and even admired in our clan. Is it because knitters are optimistic people? Is it because we see possibilities where others only see storage challenges? I did some research and here’s what I discovered: Yes, all those reasons plus the fact that we are basically fiber lovers, it’s a gene that, like a great stash, may or may not be inherited! 

It’s so common in fact, that there’s a whole cottage industry of “stash humor” on Etsy. I chose items that celebrated the yarn stash, but there were plenty that were apologizing or explaining it too…

STASH T-shirt GuslerDesign

This great tote by HayleyGraceDesigns

Love this accessory bag from beckarahn

I have a few books in my collection that seem to recognize this phenomenon. Much of what makes up one’s yarn stash are “orphans,” single balls of yarn that are left over from a larger project, or were purchased because they were too fabulous to pass up.

One Skein Wonders is great, and I also really like The Knitter's Stash.

A friend of mine shared another phenomenon: the public vs. the private yarn stash. Here is the yarn that’s on display in her home office.

It’s beautiful, right? And so manageable!

Ah, ha! But open the closet door and look at this! It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s all organized by weight. It’s a very systematic way to store your yarn, but not as beautiful to look at.

I say knitters, be proud! Find a way to decorate your home with yarn. Show it off, be inspired, and above all else: cast on!

In case you’re still feeling self-conscious about the size of your stash, check out this woman’s stash, which may or may not be the world’s largest.

Please share your yarn stash with me! I’d love to see your photos, along with any creative ways you have found to display it!

1 comment

  • SAlly

    The ladies in my knitting group have all agreed to will our stashes to the group when we die?

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