Flash Your Yarn Stash for National Pack Rat Day!
May 17 is officially—very officially*—National Pack Rat Day. The National Day Calendar website reports that this “holiday” is meant to serve as an opportunity for us to examine our hoarding habits, and maybe try to do something about them.
And to that, we yarnies say: OMG I forgot I about this yarn! Awesome! What should I make with it? Hmm, let me just jump on Ravelry real quick….
And we collectively walk out of the stash closet and forget about our pack-rat problems. Am I right?
I guess a yarn stash can’t really be considered a hoard, anyway. As long as you do USE some of it occasionally. Some folks are extreme, but in polite society we just call them “future yarn shop owners.” Really, doll, all you need is a credit card machine and we can make this thing legit.
So in honor of National Pack Rat Day, I asked some fellow yarnies to flash their stashes for me. It’s fun to see how much yarn other people have at one time, and to see how they organize it, and what kinds and colors they collect. For more eye candy, check out the “Flash Your Stash” threads in Ravelry’s Yarn forum. There are some real treasures in there!
*Have you ever wondered What is the deal with all these silly holidays? Me, too! Planet Money recently released an episode all about this topic; it’s very interesting. Check it out here.
8 YARN STASH PICS TO INSPIRE YOU!
1. THE COLOR WHEEL OF YUMM-AYYYY
Molly Sing doesn’t always keep her yarn on the floor—she says: “I take a photo every year of my stash. It gives me a chance to replace my ziplock bags, and take photos of stray skeins to enter into my Ravelry stash. Mostly it is fun to arrange it into a rainbow.”
2. THIS IS WHAT HOARDING LOOKS LIKE TO A MILLENNIAL
Hannah Baker, editor of knitscene magazine, is one of the super brains behind our Interweave Yarn Hack series, which is pretty much all about NEVER BUYING ANYTHING and instead making do with the contents of that canvas bag on the show Naked & Afraid, or whatever’s in your grandpa’s junk drawer when you go to visit him and realize you left your notions kit 6 hours away. Anyway. Hannah says of her modest stash, “This may not be the most impressive yarn stash, but for a minimalist who doesn’t have a couch or dining room table, a cabinet devoted solely to yarn is a big commitment.” This is how it begins, Hannah.
3. THE PROFESSIONAL STASH
Designer, podcast host, and Red Heart ambassador Marly Bird works with yarn full-time, and this is her office. This photo impresses me in a lot of ways, but I think I’m most impressed by how there’s NOTHING ON THE FLOOR OR OUT OF PLACE. Somehow, when I work in a room, after 10 minutes it looks like the Cat FBI ransacked the place in search of stolen angora from the Temple of PAPERTRASHBALL. Marly, this is why you’re always smiling, I understand now. Beautiful.
This is what happens when a husband and wife both knit and crochet, and live in a small apartment in Brooklyn. Y’know, I thought couples who let dogs in the bed were weird, but whoa!
Just kidding. Lisa Aurigemma laid out her stash on her bed for the Ravelry Flash Your Stash thread; she and her husband don’t keep it there all the time. Lisa says, “With a husband who also crochets and knits, yarn has an important presence in our home. The stash occupies a large chest in the corner of our living room. The challenge is keeping it manageable in our small Brooklyn apartment—an oddballs blanket is definitely in our future!” To that I say, ADORBS. Follow Lisa on Instagram as @vermilionink.
5. THE WHOLE HOUSE CRAFT ROOM
I asked the Interweave editorial staff to share their stashes with me, and Deborah Gerish proceeded to send me pictures of her whole house. Deb is the editor of Love of Knitting, but on top of knitting, she also sews and spins. I’m not sure where guest room ends and craft room begins here, but that’s how we live our lives, isn’t it? All life and yarn and cat toys in one place!
6. THIS IS WHAT MOM DID TO MY BEDROOM WHEN I MOVED OUT
This is the finished attic of my parents’ home, and it was my bedroom from age 13-18ish. It is a very large space—this is just one corner—and my dear sweet mother has filled it to the brim with looms, spinning wheels, skeins, books, WIPs, and all kinds of tools. A little too frequently, she refers to this stash as my inheritance. You should know, my own stash is smaller than Hannah’s (see #2) and 400 square feet of coned yarn and sleeping hand-dyes kind of makes me shudder. When I buy yarn, I immediately knit it into something. I am one of THOSE PEOPLE.
7. THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RELOCATION STASH
Susan Horton is the new editor of Handwoven magazine and she recently moved cross-country to Colorado to be part of the Interweave team. And in her new home, there is this starkly utilitarian but brightly festooned shelf of warp yarn, arranged by color. Susan’s primary stash is still back in California, but as she builds her new life here in the Rockies, this stash should ease the transition!
8. WELCOME TO YARNHATTAN
Okay, catch your breath. Give yourself a moment. THIS is the Wall of Yarn in Marni Robins’s Manhattan loft. THIS IS NOT A YARN SHOP. This is a shelving unit between the kitchen and the living space of an apartment. Is it not incredible?? Marni sent me several pics, including the one I used in the main image that opened this article. She says, “BTW—pay no attention to that bicycle hanging in the window… and did you notice the Gremlins under glass in the mirror? We collect a lot of things, not just yarn!” I just love Marni’s sense of color and texture; her stash is gorgeous on display. Follow her on Instagram @marnsyarns.
Are you a yarn pack rat? Flash your stash with us! Tag @InterweaveCraft on Instagram with your stash pics.
And beware the Cat FBI,
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