A Year of Yarn Stash Love

Or should that be #yarnstashlove?

Loving the sheen on this Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul that I stalked for ages

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have seen me posting a lot more photos of yarn than usual since the beginning of the New Year. Who are we kidding? Let’s call it what it is: straight-up yarn porn.

As 2015 came to a close I found myself thinking about the year ahead without a large project such as The Book to keep me occupied. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to working on a number of different new designs that I have in the queue but it’s the getting started on them that’s the problem. Its always SO easy to be distracted by a new and covetable yarn coming home to play.

These lucky members of the stash are all contenders for new designs and are wound up and ready for swatching

Actually – if I’m being honest – it’s not just new yarn that’s distracting, but the yarns in my stash as well. You’d be right in thinking that as a designer, as well as being a lover of fabulous yarns, that I have an excellent stash. I do! I LOVE my stash! I like to think of it as a jewellery box of colourful beauties just waiting to be knit up into something that shows off how spectacular they are.

On one of my forays into the stash before Christmas I was struck by the usual thought that I have this time of year, “oh, I really must get some of this knit up before I buy anything else, cold sheep for me, etc, etc”. The problem I have with these proclamations is that they feel negative to me. As if there’s something wrong or that it’s a dirty secret that I have this much stash, or any stash at all!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s jewel tones and my stash definitely has some beauties – like this skein of BFL and baby alpaca blend from Triskelion Yarn

But while I was digging through the stash (looking for the perfect yarn for a new design, of course!), I was also struck by how much I LOVE my stash. I still remember where I bought them, the trips where they were souvenir yarn, or the indie dyers they came from. They’re all wonderful!

The sad part for me though, is how easily a yarn can be forgotten when it’s not cast on right away and tucked into the stash. Out of sight, out of mind. Then I had an idea, and I’d like to challenge you all to join me as well.

I’m declaring 2016 the Year of Yarn Stash Love. I will endeavour, every day (or as close to it as I can), to post a photo to Instagram of something from my stash. It might be the stash itself or perhaps a WIP pic of how it is turning into something and I’d love for you to do the same.

Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #yarnstashlove (please tag me too and follow me to see mine!). Include a note about where it was from, or what made you buy it. Do you have specific plans for it or did you just buy it because you thought it was pretty? Maybe it was a gift from your BKFF or yarn that came to you after your grandmother passed and so is all the more special. Let’s celebrate those stunning skeins in our stashes this year. No guilt. No judgment.

Don’t confuse this with cold sheeping; this is about celebrating yarn. Photos of new additions are just as welcome! Impulse buy for which you have no plans (yet) but you couldn’t let it get away? That’s #yarnstashlove too.

Can’t wait to see your pics!

6 thoughts on “A Year of Yarn Stash Love

  1. Pingback: Photography & Knitting | jem arrowsmith knits

  2. Don’t do Instagram, Twitter, Tumbr, blah, blah, blah but DO do WordPress and have clicked follow. I too have a stash that inspires me though not yet enough to do anything about it, however, I have signed up for a knitting course that says I’ll finish as sweater in 6 weeks so the stash WILL shrink!

  3. You made my day!
    I have to take it slow these weeks and can’t go to work or sport. So I though it’s a good time for casting on a nice sweater and felt soo good to use some really old sitting stash. I so go for your words on using up, especially since I’m not a designer. But what did I do? Buy new yarn, surf the net for endless hours on yarn and ideas. Hit the button more than once. What to tell: I’m so happy with all of it. I found so lovely yarns suitable for me ! (I can’t wear most of the beautiful yarns, almost can’t wear wool at all, no mohair, no alpaca.)
    This morning I found your blog. There seems to be no coincidence in the world.
    Thanks for this post. 🙂

    Song of sea or versions of it has been in my queue quite a long time. Today I looked at it again and so it goes. Via your instagram I discovered the beautiful Beyul and I would love to hit the button again but I’m so in doubt about the wearability for myself.
    Maybe I should just for the fun of it ………I don’t know.

    My blog is hibernating. On instagram I’m t.tally

    • thank you for your lovely comment. It sounds like you’re enjoying your yarn and knitting, which is great when you can’t do other things. I love my craft for the same reason too!

      Beyul is very next-to-skin soft, very smooth, but I couldn’t comment on its wearability for you… You’ll have to decide!

      Nice to meet you online.

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