I went to my stash page on Ravelry, to look for my next unassigned single skein. And… there aren’t any!
Don’t get me wrong, I have a bunch of single skeins left. But I have projects in mind for all of them. Turns out that Henry’s Attic Peruvian Tweed was the last skein of yarn I had sitting around without a purpose.
It’s hard to believe! I’m fighting this strange urge to go buy a bunch of random skeins of yarn just because they’re pretty. Maybe something with sparkles! (Don’t worry – luckily, the state of my finances will keep this shopping urge in check.)
As you can see, I’m down to “only” 26,213 yards of yarn. But it’s a very carefully curated stash. No dead wood; 100% awesome stuff.
At my current knitting rate (1,267 yards per month as averaged over the last 10 months), that’s 20.6 months of knitting. I could knit for almost two years before I had to buy more yarn. A little astonishing, no?
As knitters, many of us fear the prospect of running out of yarn. People joke (not really joking) about their yarn stash being their “retirement plan” or “emergency savings account.”
I can see that. And I agree, you should have some yarn on hand, to buffer against unforeseen circumstances. But how much buffer is reasonable? Six months? A year? Five years?
(Remember that we live in a world with “50% off” monthly coupons from Joann’s. A world where you can buy a five pound log of Red Heart Super Saver at Walmart for three bucks. Where you can buy a thrift store sweater and unravel it to reclaim the yarn. Where seriously, other knitters will give you yarn if you need it, because the knitting community is AWESOME.)
Personally, I would like to cut my stash in half. I think one year of knitting is about the right amount of buffer. Enough to have selection of each different kind of yarn, so I can just pick something out and start knitting whatever strikes my fancy. But not so much that I look at (e.g.) my collection of sock yarn and think MY GOD DO I REALLY NEED THAT MANY MORE SOCKS.