I have a very small stash. So small, I don’t even bother to join in the ‘own up and bare your shame’ things that float around the internet from time to time. It helps that I have access to a rather large stash at work which is available should I ever feel the need, I can keep an eye on the things I like and only need to buy them when stock wears down to the last couple of skeins.

I also rarely buy without a project in mind. When I look at this:




I see this: 


There is hardly any yarn in my drawer which doesn’t have a project idea attached to it, if not an actual pattern. I look at yarn, I decide what I want to make, I buy enough. Mostly, I start knitting it.

I’m telling you this now because I’m an honest kind of person. I am kindly giving you full opportunity to be able to say “Hah! Told you so!” should the opportunity present. I’m not going to sneakily acquire stash and then pretend that all along I never actually had any anti-stashing values. I’m nice that way. Because you see, this weekend is Skip North. The Skip North where 50 nutty knitters hop on a bus and go yarn shopping. The Skip North where there will be yarn for 1p per gram. 1p. Per gram. Nic has been laughing at me for weeks:

Diane: “I don’t know that I’m going to get much - I don’t have anything in mind, maybe yarn to knit Ivy… I’ll probably look at fibre for spinning…”  Nic: “Just wait until you see the 1p per gram yarn - then you’ll cave, they all do (insert evil laughter here)”

So who’s right here? Nic has done this before - she has experience. Will I be able to stick to my philosophy? Will I come home with just the 11 balls I need for Ivy and some Shetland fibre. Or will there be photos of me on the Skip North page, overcome by the bargains and giggling hysterically while feverishly clutching more and more bags of yarn to my chest? Caption: She finally stopped buying yarn when the store ran out.

On Monday I will reveal all.

7 Responses to “Stashing”
  1. Auntie Noo says:

    I admire you even considering that the first option is viable!!!! - I’m banking on the second though!!!! - Have a good time.

  2. Bronte says:

    I’m sure you’ll be able to resist. And I’m a banana. Bwahahahaha!

  3. Kai says:

    resistance is futile.

  4. Badger says:

    You’re weak like all of us, but as I’ve witnessed your incredibly tiny stash for myself maybe yuo’re not a totally doomed cause. We shall soon find out!

  5. Daisy says:

    It’s going to be interesting! I usually buy with a project in mind too, and I don’t generally buy large amounts in one go, so this weekend could be real eye-opener!

  6. Heather says:

    Can someone please explain what is so wrong with having a stash?

  7. Carrie K says:

    I can hardly wait for tomorrow! Isn’t it tomorrow there already? Time zones confuse me.

    Stashes are a good thing. What if there’s some horrible catastrophe that balds sheep and llamas?

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