Jesus, people, it is not always about YOU! This Knit from the Stash thing has elicited some strong negative reactions, and many milder bitchy ones. It's simple, really. Bess showed the way a year ago, and did it quietly, without buttons and contests and OhMyGodMeTOOmeTOOalltheCoolKnittersaredoingit!!!! I think swearing an oath to the Clerk of Court was a great touch, but other than that Bess just shut up and did it. I plan to shut up and do it too, there will be no buttons on my blog and I'm not going to join any contests. You all will just know that any finished objects in the next 12 months will have been born of the stash and on-hand patterns. And as Forrest Gump says, "And that's all I have to say about that."
This is not about your stash. It is about mine. My yarn stash troubles me, because it grew mostly due to self-medicating with yarn purchases during my husband's illness, and now it's just all sitting around taking up space. I left for work at 7:30 this morning and got home at 6:20, and I only have a 15 minute commute. I do not have a hell of a lot of time to knit, but I do have a hell of a lot of yarn, plenty to hold me for the next year and allow me to make a variety of projects. I also have the patterns and needles to do it. I am not buying so much as a knitting magazine in 2007. I am taking this year to catch up.
And this is the thing about the sort of reverse-competitiveness of women: If your next door neighbor goes on a fitness binge and loses 40 pounds, that does not mean YOU are fat. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't, but she didn't lose weight to make you feel bad about yourself. She did it for herself. If a fellow knitter swears off until she catches up with the on-hand stash, that doesn't mean you have to do it. You may be perfectly comfortable with your own stash, whatever size it may be, and nobody is saying that this is wrong. But please spare us all the commentary about how crazy it is, and make snitty little comments about the inevitability of failure and what torture it will be. It isn't about you. I am going to go work out in a few minutes, this isn't at all related to the size of your ass.
Go forth, buy yarn and be happy. I don't need to for the time being. Let me and the others like me be.
Can't we all just knit along?