The pure bliss of stash

One of my recently completed hand knits: Howick Tam designed by Marie Wallin.
Yarn is Marie Wallin British Breeds Aran.

I have a large stash of art supplies. I also have a large stash of woolly yarn and knitting supplies. This abundance brings me such joy! I’ve been dipping into A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn as if it is a box of chocolates. Clara Parkes edited this anthology. It’s terrific. In the essay “Triptych” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the following passage really rang true for me:

“I watched in horror as this organizer tried to convince the knitter she needed less yarn and fewer needles…I wanted to ask her if this is what she would say if her client was a painter. Would she be allowed to keep just one canvas? Would they tell her it was silly to have fourteen sizes of brushes and ask her to choose the two she wanted to keep? Would they tell her that she simply couldn’t have so many blue paints? That she’d have to decide between cerulean, navy, midnight, cobalt, and phthalo? Limit her ability to express herself for the sake of tidiness?”

Pure joy yesterday at Jagger Spun STASH in Springvale, Maine.

Yesterday morning I visited Jagger Spun STASH with my friends Lynne and Jody. This was the first time any of us had visited this mill shop in Springvale, Maine. I already had two skeins of Jagger Spun yarn in my stash. Did I come home with more Jagger Spun woolly loveliness? Of course!

Be it for art making or knitting, stash is the best!