She who dies with the largest stash, wins!
Don’t worry, I’m not going all morbid on you and I have no intention of shuffling off this mortal coil just yet, it’s just that a couple of things have got me thinking about what happens to our stash when we do pop off…
I was working in the shop the other Friday (officially, I no longer work there, but to staff, Loop is like Hotel California – you can check out but you can never leave…) and got chatting with a fabulous American customer. She was desperate to get as much yarn as she could that would fit her luggage allowance (sadly not very much). In a shop filled to the rafters with gorgeous yarns and a deadline to catch a train, this is no easy feat. We were generally discussing the best yarns and her tastes etc, which of course leads to discussion of the stash – every knitter is always looking for ways to justify their ever-growing stash and this lady came up with the best I’ve heard yet “She who dies with the largest stash, wins!”
Last week, I was catching up on the Shinybees podcast and heard Jo talking about how horrified she was (initially) when talking with 2 best friends that one of them said she wouldn’t knit the other’s stash if her friend were to die! It wasn’t until Jo saw the size of the stash in question that she realised it would be impossible for the friend to knit it as well as her own, within her lifetime – quite possibly several lifetimes…
The Golden Skeins
As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, my stash is quite modest – at the moment! The problem is, the more you knit, the more you want to knit and there just isn’t the time to knit all those yarns that you want, but you still HAVE to buy them! I tend to be a little more restrained than some because I live so near to a great yarn store. This means that I only tend to buy yarns that I just adore, if I cannot get them there, or if I can only get them there for a limited period. The yarns above are Skein Queen bought at Unravel, Artisan Yarns bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show and 2 skeins of Skein‘s Cashmere blend which was at Loop for a limited period. Theses are my “Golden Skeins” – they are so beautiful that I had to have them and yet, they are too beautiful to knit – or rather finding the exactly perfect pattern for them is really hard!
So, I shall leave instructions that my stash will go to my funeral and all those who want skeins can take their pick each in turn (starting with the knitter who has know me longest) at the funeral tea with a glass of champagne in their hand! This way, no one friend will be given the daunting task of knitting up my stash, but all my friends will be given the chance to honour my stash by knitting up at least on of the skeins.
Leave me a comment to tell me about your golden skein and/or what your plans are for your stash when you snuff it! Join in the chatter with others on this topic on my NEW Ravelry group!