Monday, September 8, 2008

Stash Hoarder? Not Me.

I do not have very much stash. (See below) For those non-knitters out there, "stash" is yarn you have in storage for projects you may not even have come up with yet. This is an embarrassing amount of stash, not because there is so much, but because there is so little. Most self-respecting knitters have lots and lots of stash, so much stash that they hide it throughout their homes---under beds, in closets, in basements and attics, and other places they think their significant others will never see it.
Mine all fits in ONE container:
One 13" by 21" by 7" container. My knitter friends would laugh at the idea that I even consider such a small amount of yarn to be stash.

My sock stash:

My sock stash will eventually make nine pairs of socks. Again, my knitter friends would laugh.

There are people who are hoarders. I am not one of them. When I see "professional organizers" on HGTV, I hear them say that anything you haven't used in one/two years, get rid of. Some members of my family claim that my philosophy is that if I haven't used it in a day or two, I want to get rid of it. NOT TRUE... After older daughter was married, my s-i-l told her that he thought I was trying to get rid of everything in my house, box by box, by shipping it to their house. Again, NOT TRUE. Isn't there some sort of statute of limitations on how long adult children can store stuff at their parents' home?

Older granddaughter is now reading Nancy Drew books and I found a lot of them this weekend in my basement. They belong to my younger daughter, who lives in LA, and I left her a phone message asking if I could ship them off to older granddaughter. Before she could even call back, I had the books all boxed up and labeled to be mailed. When she did call back, she warned me that the Nancy Drew books she had were for middle-school or high-school readers, not for almost-eight-year olds. Too late! They will go to the Post Office today, and then my older daughter can figure out what to do with them.

Box by box by box by box.....


Unknown said...

Oh I wish my parents would do that. They have lived in the same house for 45 years and I fear having to clean it out some day. My mom's knitting and quilting stash alone is scary big.

hokgardner said...

Just promise me that there aren't any packing worms in the box you're sending. B is threatening to ban all packages from you because of packing worms.

Keeffer said...

you've seen my apartment. I don't have room right now and I want this stuff for later in life. Just a little while longer?

Unknown said...

what are packing worms?

knittergran said...

MOST people call them popcorn-those styrofoam things that live forever, but HOKGardner calls them worms-don't know why.
And I think the reason I toss everything, or at least try to, is because my sister and I had to clean out our parents' house, and I'm trying to make life easier for my two daughters. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. It's not an illness, really!

Keeffer said...

that "i just don't want my daughters to have to clean out our house the way my sister and i had to clean out my parents' house" excuse doesn't fly.

a) you've been doing this since before grandma and grandpa died.
b) older daugher and i would be cleaning out our own stuff.

Barb Matijevich said...

Well, my stash would fit in that box, too. Only you'd have to empty it and refill aboout seventy times.

knittergran said...

Now, THAT is stash, Barb. You do knitters everywhere proud!