I'm kinda stumped for a topic today so I think I'll use this opportunity to use a journalling exercise from The Knitting Way.
Before I do though, a quick diet update. I'm very proud of myself, as I've lost 3 centimetres from my waist and bust (the only places I'm measuring). I'm not sure how this translates in kilos, as I don't own a set of scales. If my body is up to it's usual tricks, then I probably haven't lost anything and I'm just losing girth. Either way, I'm still happy with that. I've kicked my chocolate habit, which is awesome, and I can see better health in the not so distant future.
I know lots of people have very romantic images from their first introduction to knitting. I can't remember being taught to knit. My mother taught me when I was five. I probably jumped into it most as a child when I was about 8 or ten, knitting clothes for my dolls. It wasn't something that was romanticised in our house, it just was. My mother is the hobby queen, she's always learning something new and crafty to do. I think she probably inherited this trait from her mother, who, at ninety has only recently learnt to make cards, and is really getting into it.
Knitting and crocheting were always the givens at our place. Other crafts would come and go, but the yarn was always there. I don't ever remember Mum having much of a stash, she would buy what she needed and use it.
I didn't do any real crafting until after my marriage broke down. Since then, I've really taken off. I love the freedom that being single gives me. I choose my priorities, I spend my money how I like, and I don't have to answer to anyone. That being said, I tend to accumulate yarn when it's cheap. Given that a) I live in an area that borders on tropical and b) most of my crafting is for charity, I tend to go for acrylics for my projects - except for socks, but we all know that sock yarn doesn't count as stash.
A result of this is that I have a pretty awesome stash. Most of it was purchased with projects in mind, but a good portion has been picked up during sales. I'm hoping to make a bit of a dent in it as the end of the year approaches, as I'm hoping to make 3 blankies for people for Christmas. After that I would like to start making blankets for either the homeless or old peoples homes, where ever Karen, our intrepid K4BN leader, sees fit to send them. Jumpers for needy kids are also on my to do list. One day, I'll actually make something like a jumper for myself.
One of the things that makes knitting so appealing to me is the wonderful colours. Most of the yarns I buy are variegated, as I love the way the colours play together. I tend to stick to my favourites - purples, pinks and blues. The result is always lovely as well as being unique. To me, yarn equals potential. It's nice to think about just how much potential I have stored at my fingertips.
Tell me about your stash. Has it taken over more than one room in your house? What are your plans for it?