Each year during spring cleaning I get my yarn and fibre stash out, give it a good shake and airing, and spend some time falling in love with it again. Because an admired stash is a happy stash, I like to follow up with some pictures for all of you. If you're trying to limit your yarn or fibre purchasing I strongly recommend this process, as it is an effective way of assessing just how many wonderful things you already own.
My stash no longer lives in bins hidden under the bed, having moved up in the world to take over the office bookshelves. Despite the open display, the yarn and fibre still need airing out after the chilly damp that infuses my home in the winter (I am SO looking forward to the towels drying out between daily showers). It used to be divided by weight, with the handspun on its own shelf. Now it's a rainbow!
The best part was pulling it all into a huge pile to sort the colours. I am unhealthily fond of sorting. My favourite step is getting reacquainted with the subtleties in colour and texture each skein has to offer, before filing it away.
The fibre stash also needed love. I sorted it by prep. It divides relatively evenly between top (worsted) and batts, rolags, and clouds (woolen) so that's what I went with. I followed up by organizing the other shelves (after the pictures were taken, it's prettier now) so the whole wall of shelving looks delightful.
Isn't it pretty? I love having the handspun blended in with the commercial yarn - the contrast in texture is delightful.
The stash is far too big for my comfort these days, but I do love every single item. I guess destashing is out - I'll just have to use it faster than I buy it! Famous last words...
One more picture, the view from my sorting piles. Look at all my lovely knitted shawls!
Are you a stash flasher? I'd love to see!