Knitters collect yarn. Quilters collect fabric. Crafters of all kinds love supplies. Part of practicing a hobby is having the goodies to play with. Unfortunately sometimes having the things gets to be more important than using what you have. The pile of goodies gets so big, it’s embarrassing.
I have a healthy stash of yarn at my house. I didn’t think anything of it really till recently when a friend came over and was admiring all my fibers. Looking at my stash through her eyes I saw it was large. It might be time to stop buying yarn and start knitting with it. I’d been saving yarn for “some day.” Well, the day had arrived. I made a commitment to look in my stash first rather than buy new yarn for each project I wanted to try.
I took a clue from the Amish mindset to use the resources I have. I looked in my stash to see how I can create and be happy with what is there rather than go out and buy the latest gadget or goodie for my craft.
Putting restrictions on yarn purchases let me discover things in my stash. For example, I found a whole collection of Mission Falls 1812 yarn. It is washable wool that has been discontinued. It has been my go-to yarn for years. I love to make Knit for Kids sweaters with it. That is my knit charity of choice. And when was the last time I pulled out any of this yarn to make a sweater for a child in need?
I dug around a little and found a sweater half finished! This was the perfect place to start. I began playing. I was limited by the amounts and color selection of the yarn I had left. It was a challenge. But I had a great time creating a one-of-a-kind sweater. It was fun to try new ideas with old yarn.
This kind of “green” thinking is not so much about recycling as being content with what I already have. It’s about using the resources I’ve been given and enjoying the creative outlets available to me rather than stockpiling supplies for “some day.”
I love to share my stash, too. Every month I have a giveaway on my website. Sometimes I offer stash yarn. Sometimes I find goodies other folks want to share. This month I have a notions giveaway. You can check it out at my website. This way you can dip into my stash too! Free and fun.
So what’s in your closet? Next time you launch into a new project, search your craft bins, yarn stash, or fabric supply for something you can use before you head out to buy new. It will push your creativity and challenge you. It will be exciting to see what you can make.