I approach my knitting needs the way I approach groceries. I buy ‘em as I need ‘em. I have a project in mind. I go to the yarn shop and buy the supplies. When I have finished that project, I buy another skein or two for another project.
Then recently, on a trip to my go-to yarn shop, I saw an ominous sign in the window.
The owner is retiring and selling the building. She says the probable buyer wants to carry on with the yarn business, but a change in my yarn-drug dealer comes with a risk.
I need to start a stash.
Many of you have epic stashes. I hear tales of rooms full of yarn that you know you will never live long enough to knit.
But I have to start somewhere.
First, I made a list of all the yarns I have used in past projects, and that I’m likely to use again.
Then I hit the sale, which was a little underwhelming. “Sale” was more about thinning out the shop’s hoarder-like stock by a few skeins.
One of the yarns on my list, Diamond Select Ultra, was on sale, so I bought half of dozen of those. I bought some Cascade 220 at full price for a sweater I might make next winter. And then I picked up a few sale skeins that looked interesting. I’m just a wild and crazy gal.
I’m also looking for alternative sources.
Briggs and Little, the yarn I use for most of the trad Newfoundland-style knits, is relatively easy to find. On some excursions around the bay I found some shops in smaller communities that sell it, so I snapped some up.
Yes, I know there is online ordering.
But to me, buying yarn in person is part of the process and part of the pleasure. I like to feel the quality of the yarn before I buy. I look at the colours in natural light. I put skeins side by side, colour by colour, to look at potential. I have often gone to the yarn shop with one kind of yarn in mind for a project, but leave with something completely different and way better.
So – in grocery terms – my stash is more of a “Oh, hams are on sale! I should buy a couple for the freezer” situation, than say, stocking up the bunker with several years’ worth of canned goods.
The funny thing is, now that I have all this yarn, I’m a bit paralyzed by choice. What am I going to make next?