Went for some scrap yarn in the older section of the stash the other day. Suddenly, MOTHS!!!
I was horrified! They were all over one skein in particular. Some alpaca silk from a local ranch. (To be fair, it did look dirty when I pulled it off the clearance shelf, and I probably should have washed it as soon as I got it home.) I pulled it out and shook all the disgusting little bugs off outside. I checked the rest of the stash, and except for one ball of novelty acrylic, all seemed well.
I washed the alpaca, letting it soak over night. Once it was dry I wound it up so I could survey the damage. A few breaks, but not nearly as bad as expected. If I can get over the ick factor, I can totally knit with it.
Over a year or two I gathered about 1000 yards of matching yarn from the ranch, including some roving that I hand spun to match it. Now I’m just wondering what I should knit with it.
Living in Southern California, I really don’t need super warm shawls or sweaters. The yarn is really to delicate for a blanket though. Anyone have suggestions?
I was trying to explain the concept of stash busting to my husband this morning, while we were discussing the fact that I should be working on Christmas gifts by now. I was telling him that I needed a few, new, specific yarns for some of the projects. He said I should be using what I have, which is true. I have a lot. Trouble is, that it’s mostly acrylic from when I first started knitting again. This is were the fact that I am now a yarn snob really does me a disservice.
I said to him that I would try and stash bust as much as I could this year. He joked, “Good, or I’ll have to stash bust you!” He then explained that by “stash bust” he meant that he had found my stash and was going to mess with it.
So, if your significant other happens to find your stash (and apparently disapproves) you are “Stash Busted!”
This is my stash. It is not large, it is not organized.
I am officially stash busted, and I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours! What does your stash look like? Will you be diving into it this holiday season? (I know, why would I scare you into thinking about the holidays right now? It’s because we only have 114 knitting days left people!)