>It’s no secret that I have committed to knitting from my stash this year. My husband knows, my friends know, I’ve blogged about here, and I’ve joined support groups on Ravelry. And aside from two little hiccups, (okay one not so little hiccup and one that I don’t think should really count because my husband technically paid for the yarn,) I’ve been doing pretty well. I’ve finished 9 projects and used up 20.5 balls all from stash.
But what I’m finding even more interesting is how my relationship with my stash has started to evolve. It’s no longer just something that lives in my closet and takes up space. It’s something that I am actually paying attention too. Lets be honest, I think that part of the reason why it’s so easy for a stash to grow is that us knitters really like pretty things. And then sometimes those pretty things get tossed aside and forgotten about when the new “something pretty” comes along. It’s fun to go into a yarn store and come out with pretty stuff. It makes us all happy. But, it’s bad for my budget and worse for my closet space. So now fewer things are going into the closet and more things are coming out. And, you know what I’ve noticed? My yarn has started talking to me, a lot.
Now just to make it clear, I haven’t gone completely bonkers. My yarn isn’t asking me how my day at work was, what I want for supper, or if I really should have paired that top with those pants. But it is telling me what it wants to be. I have always thought that yarn has that voice. (I swear those 11 skeins of Noro did jump off the shelf and into my arms screaming “make us a Lady Eleanor” a few years back.) But, I think that there has been so much noise coming from my closet that I have had no idea what was being said. Now, I do. Yarn is throwing it’s self at me saying, “make me into that shawl you were looking at the other day” or “hey, don’t buy more yarn for your father’s Christmas gift, I’ll work just fine.” It’s really kind of cool.
And, what’s even cooler is that this yarn right here as told me it wants to be my first ever give away.