This week has been strangely productive. I am not used to this. I confess that on Day 1 of being at home on leave I wandered around the house, too afraid to settle down with a hook in case I discovered I was hallucinating. I eventually stopped pacing the house and settled down in my yarn room for a bit of a tidy up, a yarn squidge, and to have a think about some project ideas I had been playing with. Tuesday saw two of my yarn friends dropping by to invade my yarn room. Now, to put this into perspective, my yarn room is my office with a big 4×4 Ikea unit in the corner which contains all my yarn, books, sewing machine (I have a dinky one) and other yarn paraphernalia. But I do have quite a bit yarn stash – about 50% shop bought commercial yarn and 50% hand-dyed loveliness. I was in denial about how much yarn I had because it was all tidied away, but this also meant that I had lost track of what I had.
So my lovely friend, who is now on maternity leave, offered to come and catalogue my stash into my Ravelry account. She has recently done it for her own stash and has slight OCD compulsions and so enjoys this. She also just wanted a chance to squish my yarns and be nosy, but I don’t mind as other people’s stashes are always interesting. Our system was that she typed in the yarn details into my computer and the yarn was then ferried to me (initially by a small child) in another room with good light where I took pictures. After about 6 hours we had managed to get through most of the hand-dyed and all of the commercial cotton yarn, but I still have other yarn to add in. The best bit was when she emptied one of my bins of hand-dyed yarn on the floor and just launched herself, baby belly and all, into the middle of it. I couldn’t get to my camera fast enough, but let’s just say her expression said it all. This was the aftermath.
When you have had your yarn catalogued, there is no getting away from just how much yarn you own. Its even worse when you know it only represents half your stash. I don’t have a stash, I have a yarn emporium. I toyed with the idea of a de-stash, but to be honest now that I knit socks there isn’t a skein of yarn that I can’t think of a project I could use it for. So I have decided that I really, really need to go hard on the yarn ban until I can empty at least one of these bins. I am not sure what a respectable stash size is, but I am pretty sure I am not respectable. I am a yarn harlot.
The best thing about it, however, is that I have a fantastic range of yarns to use when I am designing something. For example, I decided to elevate this example of a Dye Candy OOAK baby camel and silk yarn from a yarn pet (it is sooo soft) to project yarn. This has been a revelation to me – it moves and behaves completely differently to a standard merino sock yarn and its a pleasure to work with. My friends have suggested a new blog feature entitled ‘squish of the week’. I may yet initiate this.
So now I am busy hooking up prototypes for new shawls. I have Shawls 6 and 7 on the hook, and the concept for Shawl 8 is on the sketchbook and is next to be played with. This is so much fun. And I haven’t even got onto the non-shawl projects yet! Time to go squidge some more yarn…