I have a large stash of…well, really, I have large stashes of a lot of stuff. Food. Tea. Books. Blankets. Toilet paper. You know, all the important stuff.
But, the place I was going when I started that sentence was actually yarn. See, yarn is expensive. Well, good yarn is, anyway. If you’ve never priced out good quality yarn, you might be in for a bit of a surprise. If you have, you’re probably nodding your head right now. Not that it’s not worth it – it’s just pricey. Conversely, I am frugal. And so when good yarn appears at the thrift store for low prices, I tend to buy it.
What this all means is that I have a lot of yarn that I’ve often bought without a project in mind. It’s also often in limited qualities – in my experience it’s rare to get enough of the same yarn to make a sweater at the thrift store. So, this means I have a lot of nice stuff just kicking around and no real plan for it.
On top of that, I suffer from the delightful affliction where I know that my skills need more development and I’m concerned that I’m going to either ruin the materials by not doing a good job or that I haven’t simply picked the most perfect project ever. And so the stash sits, doing nothing at all, while I ponder and rethink my options and ultimately accomplish nothing at all.
At times, I’ve considered donating some of it or even selling some of it off, but I do want to knit with it. I bought the yarn because I liked it and wanted to use it. I also see it as a way to further develop my skills as part of my reskilling goals. So, in the interest of actually doing something, I’ve decided to start simple. Today I have a three and a half hour train ride, which seems like it could be prime knitting time. I’ve chosen some yarn – some vintage pure wool, which is nice but nothing I’m too wedded to – and I’m going to adapt a few patterns to make a Guernsey-style cowl.