Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Perfect Stash

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

That's the question for SP12 this week. And what a wonderful question it is. I could say that the perfect amount of stash is just a wee bit more than what I have at any point in time... let's say enough to justify a visit to Webs! But maybe that's a bit of a cop-out. Let's see what a well-structured stash should have.

First, of course, a great selection of sock yarns. Mostly fingering weight, but a few DK weight, just for variety. About a third would have to be semi-solid or heathered (good for showing off elaborate stitch work) and the other two thirds should be delish multi-colored yarns -- lots of handpainted, maybe a couple of handspun, and a self-striping or two. And a couple of Flat Feet, just for fun. (have you knit with them yet? I haven't tried one, but it's a pretty fun concept -- to actually put frogging to good use!) To be a perfect stash, I'd say you'd want mostly superwash merino or blends, but a few summery fibers like bamboo, or cotton or soy would be nice, too.

So, once we have the sock yarns under control, you'd want some worsted-ish weight for sweaters. Say a bag each of three or four, so you could start a project without a trip to the store if you wanted to. Maybe a nice silk blend, something with cashmere, and of course a nice soft merino.

Can't have a stash without lace weight. A few skeins of alpaca, a semi-solid wool, and definitely something with silk.

And then, some special, colorful goodies just to pet and cuddle with... some Kauni.... some Noro... some Sea Silk, perhaps?

My own stash is not quite so perfect... I'd say this is the mental model I work from, but there are an embarrassing number of "mistakes", too. You know, those novelty yarns that seemed like a good idea at the time, or the acrylic that was on such a great sale you couldn't pass it up...those things that make you say, "What was I thinking?" Fortunately, there's always a cub scout troop or a senior center or one of the kids who wants to practice knitting, so the mistakes don't have to live with you forever.

So, that's my perfect stash.... what's yours look like?

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