Why I knit, #23

Too Much Yarn by mysweetloveablegoods.

(Not my yarn. This is mysweetloveablegoods‘ yarn; over-stashing is a common knitterly problem.)

Because I have six boxes full of stash yarn/fiber, and the collection keeps on growing.

Now, I am aware that this is a mostly self-perpetuating situation. I got started with knitting, so I started to buy yarn. My rationale at the time was that if it was sock yarn, I’d always have a project for it. So I mostly limited myself to sock yarn, plus a few skeins of laceweight and a couple of sweaters’ worth of worsted and bulky. I started one of the sweaters, no, two, but then frogged one after it became apparent that the way in which I was knitting it was doomed to failure (it was a pattern that called for bulky yarn and I was attempting to knit it with worsted, and I am HORRIBLE at math). I didn’t buy fancy single skeins thinking that some day I would make a scarf with them. I was pretty good about that. And then I realized that the box containing my stash was beginning to bulge in an alarming fashion.

This necessitated a trip to IKEA. We purchased the ubiquitous grid shelves, and the drawers to go in them, and I spent the better part of an evening organizing my yarn by type: sock yarn in one bin, sweater yarn in another, laceweight in a third and a final bin for all the crap novelty yarn I’ve collected but can’t part with yet (it’s good for craft projects). This solved the problem for a little while, but also showed me that I had some more room for more yarn. So I kept buying just sock yarn, with the idea that I could always knit socks with it. This works if you actually knit the socks. Soon, my sock yarn bin was full. In a misguided attempt to correct my yarn-buying, I began to purchase roving. I now have three bins full of various bags of fiber, all waiting to be spun.

And so this brings me to my current situation, wherein I have far too much yarn for the space. I have limited myself to one or two skeins a year, and I have to finish socks. I knit because if I don’t, the yarn will take over. I mocked other knitters for a time because I had no stash, but I humbly apologize for that now. You were more experienced than I. You understood certain things about this fiber-addiction that I did not. I totally get it. I have three socks on the needles at the moment (no, wait – four), because I need to make some space. Yeah. That’s it.

The IKEA shelf in question, full of cat:

cat in box by you.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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3 Responses to Why I knit, #23

  1. Kathy says:

    When my bf and I moved in together, I brought 2 dressers. He was all excited, thinking 1 was for him and 1 for me. Silly non-knitting guy; 1 is for clothes and the other is full of yarn! Your shelves are awesome!

  2. I have these shelves! they are awesome and you will feel like a ROCKSTAR when your stash is organized.

    take a picture when you’re done. it will never be organized like that again.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Well, you see – that was six months ago, and the stash is nearly out of control, but recently reorganized. I shall take a picture (good idea).

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