Ravelry tells me that I currently have over 22 thousand metres of un-knit yarn squirrelled away for a rainy day.
But this weekend I had an epiphany of sorts: my stash serves a purpose. It is the repository of knitterly dreams. OK, I am not going to knit 23 pairs of socks in the next couple of weeks, but I might manage it in a couple of years. And rather like my collection of Great Novels, it is lovely to be able to go to a box and pull out an old favourite, settle down by the fire and become absorbed in the words or the stitches.
All of my recent knitting has been "from the stash". I have been hammering through the stored skeins at a most satisfying rate in the approach to Christmas.
On Sunday, grumpy with the Pinkness of the Man-Shawl, I needed to knit something to make it better, pure comfort knitting.
So I reached into the top box of yarn, now serving as my bedside table, and pulled out my last 5 skeins of Rowan Cashsoft Aran from a Kemps lucky bag. I only paid £5 for ten balls of this yarn and it has provided 3 gift-hats already!
|Millwater Pattern picture from Beth Kling|
That effing enormous cable has to be an inch deep in squooshiness. I can't wait to sink my chin into it on a snowy day!
I really wanted to buy some ridiculously expensive MadelineTosh yarn to make this. But I had £3-cost of £15-value yarn just sitting waiting for me to notice that it was in fact perfectly good. Fit for purpose. Here and now. Instant gratification. That is the purpose of a stash.
I mentioned that FL had a headache. It took him two days to confess that the problem is not what he first described. It's an issue with his mouth. His gums hurt. His tongue hurts. His lips hurt. He is taking Paracetamol but eating and speaking are both painful. He winces if I try to kiss him.
He is due to see the jaw man on Friday, so it is ironic that this should boil up just ahead of the appointment.
He has self-prescribed two vaguely-likely medicines from his own "stash": Daktarin in case he has oral thrush, Acyclovir in case he has cold sores... but really we both know he has neither of these.
I have instructed him to visit his GP this week. But he will probably wait until Friday.