I was sitting on the couch thinking about my stash this morning, when I came to a realization.
I was contemplating a little more Sweet Georgia, and trying to figure out a way I could justify more. Well, that wasn't hard, but it came with some conditions.
I decided that I needed to create some yarn buying rules for myself. First, I thought well okay, I've got two sweaters on the go, so if I want to buy more, I have to finish them first. My next thought was that sweaters were really in a different category, and shouldn't stop me from buying sock yarn.
Rule #1: I must finish both sweaters I am making before I can buy more sweater yarn. Because really, sweaters are in a different category from socks and should be treated differently. Really.
Then I figured I should tackle some sock yarn rules, since my stash has been expanding rapidly in the last few months. Now, I'm a firm believer that sock yarn should be subject to the fewest rules possible (beauty in chaos, etc.). So, my next thought was that I should knit X-number of pairs before I can buy more. Considering (in the last two months) my sock yarn stash has expanded by enough to knit about 30 new pairs, I figure 10 pairs is enough to knit before I can buy more. Or maybe 8? 5? You see why I have difficulty with this. No, 10. Must knit 10 pairs.
Rule #2: I must knit 10 pairs of socks before I can purchase more sock yarn.
If you have knit lace, you know it is addictive. You also must realize that the only way to control addiction is full blown abstinence. Yeah right. Not. Going. To. Happen. I mean, let's be realistic.
Rule #3: There is no controlling lace yarn purchasing. It just can't be done. If it can't be done, it's not my fault. So there!
While making these rules, my realization was that I enjoy my stash. I don't just stash because I can't control myself, I stash because it brings me comfort. I like knowing it's there. The reason I don't knit all my stash is because I don't want to use it up, because then it won't be there for me.