I think the latest episode of Stash and Burn, Things We Learned From Stephanie, might just be my undoing.
Of course I've heard of the Yarn Harlot - I mean, who hasn't?!!! I'm even familiar with "the Harlot effect" where Stephanie mentions a small company's yarn or other knitting product and they get completely and utterly swamped with the deluge of orders. I believe she now gives vendors advance notice of a mention just so they can stock up!
However, I've never read any of her books or been to any of her events, not out of any deliberate boycott, but I guess I am a little wary of the hype...
Well, I really enjoyed the interview and I was especially taken with the idea of your stash being an investment for retirement! So now I've been thinking about stash as 401K!!! Ok, so retirement is a little bit down the road for me (unless I win the lottery, which is pretty unlikely given that I don't even play the lottery) but obviously the idea of stash as investment is a very appealing one. I like the idea of building a collection that will continue to "give me a return" over the years. I don't mean literally, although I wonder, does yarn hold it's value or increase in value over the years? Is there such a thing as "collector" yarn? But even aside from that, a yarn purchase now can give great enjoyment over many years, even if you don't knit it up right away.
So much for that yarn diet, eh?!!
I posted about this on the Stash and Burn Ravelry Group and Tara of Creative Idyll and Blonde Chicken responded with the wish that companies would "match funds" for her stash - dollar for dollar or skein for skein! How awesome would that be?!!! What is even more funny is that just a couple of hours ago, before I read her reply but encouraged by this idea of stash as investment, I was over at her etsy store drooling over some of her latest yarns.
And here's the other thing. Stephanie also talks about spinning on the podcast, and how while it's not necessarily the natural progression for every knitter, a lot of knitters who want to have more control over their yarn (I'm paraphrasing greatly here) end up spinning as well... and in combination with Jared of brooklyntweed's recent tutorials here and here along with the usual stunningly beautiful photos... I think that I am going to end up spinning one day. A friend of mine who turned out to be a knitter called it over a year ago. "Oh," she said. "You're not spinning... yet."
I don't know when it will happen, but I have a feeling it will.
In the meantime, well, maybe I should set aside funds on a regular basis for yarn so that I don't have to go on a complete yarn diet but I don't go too crazy either.