Top Reasons Yarns Don’t Count as Stash

Hi, Everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, those of you at Rhinebeck, (luckies!) and those of us enjoying the autumn at home.

curated colors

This morning, I was inspired by the delightful broot15961 in my Ravelry messages to think about kinds of yarn that do (or do not) count as stash. She provided a number of them!

1) Goes without saying, that thanks to the Yarn Harlot, sock yarn doesn’t count as stash.

2) Broot pointed out that yarn bought as part of a kit, especially for a Knitalong, doesn’t count, That yarn is purposeful and community building!

3) Yarn bought on a vacation or trip to remember a special place. That skein is not yarn, it’s a memento.

4) Yarn bought to celebrate giving away/finishing a project with other yarn. There was still a spot available, so it’s not really enlarging the stash.

5)Yarn bought as part of a special outing with a knitting friend. This was friendship-building. Especially if you both purchased the same yarn. 🙂

6) Laceweight. Lace is, in fact, so much yarn for the price, that you get credit for an extra couple of worsted weight skeins. That yarn is going to keep you out of trouble for a long time!

7) If you make a project for charity, whether or not it was from stash, you definitely get credit for a new skein of yarn. You’re a good person who deserves a reward.

I’m sure you all have more. Please let me know your favorite yarn diet loopholes!

IMG_5965PS In an unrelated note, there are new fall colors up in the store

20 thoughts on “Top Reasons Yarns Don’t Count as Stash

  1. My favorite stash loophole, especially lately, is sock yarns =/= stash. I have a lot of sock yarn…more than I care to admit. None of it is stash. It just takes up space, however.

  2. I set up a cubicle bookcase in my craft room and arranged all of my favorite yarns like a yarn store. Anything in the bookcase is considered “at home shopping.” Stash is anything that doesn’t fit and has to find a home elsewhere.

    1. Ah. I think that yarn in its proper place is not stash. On display, ready to use, and visible. A collection. Stash has a certain surreptitious connotation to me. So stash is all the yarn in hidden places: under the bed, in bins under the sink in the guest bathroom (be sure to leave room for an extra roll of toilet paper), in file drawers previously used for work, in the night table in the room your now-grown up child vacated.

  3. Yarn bought as part of a yarn club is just fulfilling the commitment you made to the yarn seller to buy their exclusive, limited edition stock. Really, it’s an investment because that yarn will *never* happen again. It’s a collectible. 🙂

  4. 2 more:
    Yarn club yarn doesn’t count as stash. Like kit and KAL yarn, it’s community building.

    Yarn bought to add to increase the quantity of a yarn you already own so you are more likely to have enough to find a project you want to knit doesn’t count. (Finding/buying another skein of that lovely hot pink DK wool /silk blend to get from 330 yds. to 440 for example.)

  5. The yarn you acquire because you know exactly what it will be and who will get that thing, is not yarn; it’s a gift. A perfect gift. And you may have extra credit for being on top of things.

  6. Yarn purchased on your birthday (since no one can choose the right yarn for you but you) also doesn’t count as part of the diet, or as stash!!

  7. my skeins of luxury yarns (possum, yak, cashmere, camel) are part of my hobby collecting luxury yarn. they will probably never become something, I don’t have the heart to use them, so they are not stash. Only yarn that will become something useful like a sweater or hat is stash.

  8. All yarn ever purchased with a specific project in mind and intended to be knit on days ending in ‘Y’. Stash? What stash? Those are simply future commitments.

  9. I have to have fingering weight in all possible colors as my artist’s palette or design inspiration, since I mostly knit stranded. So that’s not stash either.

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