Monday, March 23, 2015

Take 5 with Knitting Sarah!

Knitting Sarah
A few weeks ago, I introduced the Take 5 series, which is where I ask fiber-loving folks to share top five lists on a variety of topics (click here to get caught up). This week, I asked one of my favorite midwestern bloggers, Knitting Sarah, to share a list which could stop cold sheepers in their tracks...or, at the very least, make those of us with lesser resolve feel better about our frequent bouts of stash enhancement. Presenting....

Knitting Sarah’s Top 5 Excuses to Buy More Yarn


  1. Yarn doesn’t go bad. As long as it’s stored properly, yarn will happily sit in your stash for years waiting for you to find just the right pattern and moment to knit it (trust me, I’ve personally tested that theory). So really, why not add to it?
  2. Incentive. Sometimes we all need an extra push to finish up a certain work in progress. I find that the promise of new yarn on the way or new yarn upon completion of said WIP often helps me cross the finish line. I think it’s totally rational that I’ve come to consider the prospect of new yarn as a finishing tool.
  3. Souvenir, v. to remember. The verb ‘souvenir’ in French means, ‘to remember’ and what better way to remember a vacation or a special occasion or, you know, the fourth Monday in March than a nice sweater quantity of yarn?
  4. Matchers. Ironically, sometimes the only way to use my stash yarn is to add to it. Those single skeins often need new beautiful partners and I simply can’t stashbust effectively without adding new skeins to the fold.
  5. TEOTWAWKI*. It’s important that we as knitters are prepared for all possible scenarios, such as a disruption in yarn supply. Whether it’s due to a coronal mass ejection shutting down the power grid or it’s Sunday and your LYS is closed, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be ready.
In case you were worried, I’m pretty sure that #5 has you covered no matter what kind of stash enhancement you’re after, so go ahead and give those pretty new skeins a home!

Sarah also sent over this handy flow chart from amusingyarns.com which she frequently refers back to when the temptation to buy more yarn arises.

Be sure to check out the Knitting Sarah blog for more great ways to enhance your stash!

*TEOTWAWKI = The End Of The World As We Know It - for anyone who was wondering!

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