Stash – for knitters – this is the collection of yarns that the stashee has fallen in love with and stashed for a future project. For some this becomes a SABLE – Stash above and beyond life expectancy.
Dorothy, a friend and co-worker, and I were discussing our “stashes” yesterday. Dorothy was expressing concern that perhaps her stash was getting out of hand. Dorothy had found a half knit project from last fall that she had completely forgotton about!
I was quick to assure her that it really wasn’t a problem – after all – giving where we worked – we did very well to stay as focused as we did on our current projects – try envisioning a chocoholic working in a chocolate house – that is us! And Emily had been particularly good this last year at bringing in luscious yarns, in amazing colours – how could we not continue in the stash enhancement process! Last week had been particularly difficult. A bag of stunning purple Donegal Tweed come home as did four luscious hanks of Tosh Merino Light in the Margaux colourway! Another weak moment!
As I was telling her this I was also envisioning where I was going to put the new piece of furniture (new to me), that I had just bought for my stash management. Last week was not unusual for me…… Management was! A stash is a collection. I am a collector. Collections need management. I still collect books, and over the years I have collected antiques of all kinds – furniture, glass, china, jewellery and stuff! Now I just collect yarn and books. Perfectly reasonable.
My new piece of furniture is a small sideboard / china cabinet. It is designed in the Art Deco style, most likely made in the 1920’s. It is made of solid wood, maple I think. The drawers are dovetailed with the original wood drawer pulls. The side board was constructed in two pieces. I bet originally you could buy one and add the other later. Very well designed.
It fits beautifully at the top of the stairs and I have already filled the top with the small bits that I have collected over the years. The bottom is waiting for this weekend, when I will attempt to slightly organize my projects and stash so that the most current projects and the next in line are all there!
Fibre junkies are as addicted to the feel, look and smell of the fibre – as any other type of junkie is to their fix. Our addiction is generally more productive! LOL!!
We create gifts for many, knit for ourselves, relieve the stress of the everyday and generally mellow out as we play with our collections.
Happy Stash Enhancement and Collecting