I have too much yarn.
No, of course I don’t, are you kidding? No. I don’t mean that. I was just testing it out. What it feels like to say those words… I’m still here. The sky hasn’t fallen. I feel a little queasy, but okay, really.
Too much yarn.
I mean it’s a ridiculous notion, isn’t it? Yarn. Too much. They just don’t go together. It’s nonsensical. Still, though… I do have quite a lot of yarn.
Some of it was acquired pretty recently – even postdating my most recent yarn-diet thoughts. It’s just that, well, there was that swap; I had to buy some Posh Yarn for my swappee (imagine! She’d never heard of it! These poor Yanks), and honestly I couldn’t not get some for myself too, it would have been far too hard.
And then I got some Wollmeise for Armin, who was requesting some fat cosy socks like mine, and of course it would have been very wasteful not to get some sock yarn at the same time. Got to maximise shipping costs from Germany, right?
And I responded to a pathetic plea for help on Ravelry from someone destashing so that she could raise some much needed funds for, um, more stash…
And I got this great sock yarn from Krafty Koala because…
Well, actually, I can’t right now remember how I rationalised it. But I’m really glad I did, because look how purty!
So all of that was clearly very necessary and reasonable. But. Um. I appear to have 53 yarns in my stash. That’s pretty much FIFTY THREE projects. Including tradeables – yarn that I don’t even really want any more. As devoted to yarn as I am, as deeply as I believe in the creativity liberating powers of a healthy stash, I do have to wonder whether that’s gone a bit beyond necessary and reasonable.
Similarly, I have a shelf full of books that I haven’t yet read. I love books. I love having them around. I love reading them. But why is it that this shelf only ever seems to get fuller – not emptier?
I love my books, I love my yarn. I don’t want less of it, exactly. But I want to feel a little bit less… greedy. To be frank: less of a consumer. I guess I’m even more aware of it all at this time of year… there is so much STUFF being advertised. So much pressure to buy, to eat, to consume, to waste. Doesn’t it make you feel a little bit sick?
I bet you know what I mean. And coming from a shop owner, this may sound a little hypocritical… but I’d like you not to go buying too much, okay? I reckon there isn’t too much wastage with the stuff I sell at the moment – we tend to buy the needles we need, after all, and to use them. Nobody’s ever heard of a needle stash. Next year, though, there will be yarn. There will be fabulous, amazing, scrumptious yarn. Yarn that will make me sigh with delight as I wrap each order. Yarn that will make you squeal when you see it online, and squeal louder when you unpack it. It will be tempting. Really tempting. And heavens, I’m not going to tell you to deny yourself. But maybe… just think carefully before you load up that basket. It’s too beautiful to go to waste lying in a drawer somewhere. Plan your projects, and buy accordingly. And then show me what you’re making. Deal?
I have too much yarn.