I read an amazing post this week by a woman named Liz, over on Crossroads Knits. Since I can't seem to link to it, if it isn't on top, scroll down to the post named Resolved.
It's equally applicable, whether you sew, knit, or create with fiber in any way, so all my sewing friends who've just tuned out, you can tune back in.
It got me to thinking. I've been experiencing a paradigm shift in my attitude lately.
It's a new year. That time when we all resolve to finish our ongoing projects, to shop our own stash (be it fabric, yarn or whatever). I feel a bit like Oprah; I read last week in a rag mag that Oprah said "I can't believe I'm sitting here talking about weight again" (yeah, that too....)
I can't believe I'm talking about finishing up the UFO's... (and Carolyn's talking about not buying more fabric....and hell is about to freeze over. LOL)
But somehow I'm feeling as if I've undergone a sea change in my approach to my projects.
I want to finish up what's in the hopper. I want to limit my production, and finish what's on the table before casting on / cutting out.
Which brings me to the topic of the stash.
Most everyone who sews or knits accumulates stash. It's that difference between what we want to accomplish and buy the materials for, and what we really have time to make. Amazingly, some people actually start out deliberately to build a stash! It's as if they've read about so much stash that they feel it's a necessary accoutrement.
At some point most people who've developed a stash vow to use it first, to use it up, to not add to it.
And at the new year, prompted by Stash contests and KAL's, people get into "stash busting" projects.
I confess, I'm baffled by Stash Busting.
Sewing up the stash I understand. Using what is in inventory instead of buying new, sure.
Knitting with yarn already purchased before hitting the *Buy* button on the internet or venturing out to the LYS; that I get.
But what is with "stash busting" projects. That I don't get at all.
I read about people making pet blankets using yarn double stranded in order to use more of it...of people sewing up projects that use a lot of fabric just to run up the numbers. People choosing projects based upon the amount of yardage a project will consume rather than by the desirability of the finished item.
What is with that?
I mean, if you bought the yarn in the first place, isn't it yarn you love? If you don't love it anymore, why bother knitting it up in "stash busting" projects. Isn't the time involved in knitting a project at least as important as the materials that go into it?
I understand the concept of a stash Sewing contest that prompts you to use fabric that is aging in your closet - fabric you may consider "the good stuff" that you've been reluctant to cut into. Maybe you need the prompt to go ahead and Use it.
But what I don't understand is the desire to use it just for the sake of Using it.
Do you get it?
Regarding the size of the stash:
Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's the end of the era of conspicuous consumption. I hope so.
Personally, I really really don't feel the need to add to either my fabric or my yarn stash. I also don't feel the need to use it just to use it.
I finally just got my yarn stash totally cataloged. Yup, I've got more than I need. And if I had it to do now, there are more than a few yarns I would not own.
But, I've got 30 (yeah, count 'em, 30) major sweater projects stashed that I'd really still like to make. Here's to hoping that I get them made before I no longer want to make them.
If you're on Ravelry you can see the awful awesomeness of my stash, catalogued. If you're not, you're spared that experience. But it's all there.
I'd like to do it for my fabric too, but it's not happening, because there just isnt' a reason yet.
What I'm working on right now - that Dickinson pullover from the last post - I'm on the top of the second raglan sleeve; The Marijke scarf using stashed Blue Sky alpaca silk yarn (I'm halfway done with that), and the black Drops cardi that I'm going to finish even though it won't fit me (there's that weight thing again).
What else I'm working on: The cashmere jacket that just doesn't want to get finished. And the class samples.
oh, and a few pair of pants that'll actually make the circumference of my butt.
I do indeed need to get moving too.
So, do you get this whole Stash busting thing?
How do you feel about your stash?
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