When I read about knitters who say that their stash has gotten out of control when it's overflowing the basket sitting beside their knitting chair, I want to laugh/cry/hang my head in sheepish embarrassment. Because I only wish that that was the extent of my stash.
Truth is, the once small basket beside my knitting chair has turned into two large overflowing baskets, a three drawer container for my needles/notions, and a bookshelf for my most-perused knitting books. I also have yarn stuffed into a couple baskets on a shelf in my dining room; yarn hiding in my car; yarn randomly laying around kitchen/bathroom/pantry; 6 large rubbermaid containers in our spare room; and 5 large rubbermaid containers in our bedroom. Oh, and I have 3 boxes of yarn in my office at work, because I'm just too darned scared to walk through the door with it in fear of being committed to an insane asylum.
So....yeah....you could say I have a yarn problem. I've always enjoyed buying new yarn, but until the last year I felt my stash was manageable. But over the last year I've really become unhappy with certain aspects of my life and have used yarn and knitting as a crutch. Work pisses me off? Buy some yarn. Someone makes me so angry I want to scream? Buy some yarn. You get the idea. Some people turn to drinking or drugs to cope with things that they just can't handle. I buy yarn and knit. To some that may be a harmless hobby. But I know myself too well to know that I'm only using it to cover up things I haven't wanted to deal with.
So, in 2010 I will not be buying any new yarn*. Going cold sheep, as the phrase may be. I have more than enough amazing yarn to last throughout the year. And I might even be putting some up for sale, so that I can cut my stash down even more. I even joined the Stash Knit Down group on Ravelry to help me stay the course.
Now, you may have noticed the * above. That asterisk denotes the fact that there might at some point be new yarn coming into my stash. I have set up an incentive plan for myself to achieve some of the goals I have set for the new year. Each day I will get so many points for doing certain tasks I have created for myself. At the end of the month I will add up the points I have received and that corresponds to a certain incentive level and amount of money. I have decided that I can spend that money however I want, which includes buying yarn.
So, you see, I might actually be buying some yarn in 2010, but I'm going to have to work hard to do it. If anyone is interested in my incentive plan, just email me and I'd be happy to share more info.
Okay, so, I have publicly declared my intentions. That makes it official, right? Wish me luck...I'm going to need it!
Let's go stash diving...Who's with me?