More or Less

Thanks to you fine folks, it looks as though I am going to be sending well over $350 to the even finer folks at Doctors Without Borders. Just as a reminder, 100% of cash from my pattern sales from now until January 30th will go into a donation to MSF/DWB. So that means you get more patterns to knit, I get the fun of knowing that more people are knitting my patterns, and MSF/DWB get a pile of money. I call that a win-win-win.

It is odd, at the same time that harsh reality is so confrontingly harsh in particular parts of the world right now, to be a person contemplating the parts of her own life with so much abundance. Last weekend I took a plunge into better stash organization and did a long-awaited IKEA trek to acquire new shelves for just this such purpose.


Dudes, I have a lot of yarn. Like, a lot. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that my yarn room/office now looks a lot like my own personal yarn shop? It is at the very least, all yarn that I like, and it’s taken several years to get to the stash collection that I have. My stash and me, we’re gonna do fun things.


As, I suppose, many people do from time to time, I have plenty of moments when I wish parts of my life were different. But I do have a lot of yarn, and it is yarn that I like, and it holds creative possibility. And in some ways that is a lot more than I could have.

So, I have decided to be okay with the fact that I have yarn. If it’s the one part of my life where there is too much of a good thing…I can be good with that.

And when I get home I am totally going to give it a hug.


  1. Someday, someday I’ll have my (also sizable) stash organized in something pretty like those shelves instead of ugly plastic tubs like I’ve got now. I, too, have been thinking about abundance lately and feeling a twinge or pang of guilt every time I think about my stash, or use fresh water to take a shower, or put leftover food in the fridge. But we do what we can. I think it’s great that you’ve raised that much in pattern sales!

  2. Your yarn room…looks like your “own personal yarn shop”?. Does a knitter’s life really get better than that? How could that be a bad thing? Especially when its in the hands of such a talented and productive knitter! I say hug away and enjoy!

  3. I love your stash organization. Maybe I should just give in, and take the yarn out of the boxes under the bed…

    Way to go on the donations!

  4. It’s a very impressive stash, and you organized it very well.

  5. There is no such thing as too much yarn! I love coming home to my shelves of yarn. It’s very comforting!

  6. Oh embrace it for sure!

  7. Someday I’m going to buy shelves and display my yarn like that. Thanks for the reminder about your pattern sales. I’m off to make my purchase! 🙂

  8. Oh wow, that’s.. beautiful! Enjoy it 🙂

  9. I’m hoping to get some Expedit too for my new fibre studio-to-be.

  10. Love the stash, love the shelving. Enjoy!

  11. You can decorate with yarn as well as you can with books, I figure. 😀

  12. It does look like a lovely little yarn shop in those pictures!! Definitely embrace it.

  13. Wow, that exciting about the pattern sales/Haiti contribution!

    I just organized my stash this weekend too. It was a long time coming and a HUGE undertaking. I blogged about it today too. 🙂 Mine doesn’t look as pretty as yours does on the shelves though!

  14. It looks like you have been to the Purple Purl a few times 😉 No wonder you have a plentiful stash! I have only been once, but my suitcase was a tad heavier on the trip home to the US. Seeing your great shelves is making me itchy to get some for myself. Doesn’t our yarn deserve such a pleasant home?

  15. ladyoctavia · ·

    I want to hug your stash!
    (Those are some very fine shelves)

  16. Your studio/office looks MUCH cleaner and better organized than mine. Am somewhat jealous. 😉

    I’m liking the open shelf look. Nothing wrong with decorating with yarn, right? As long as you don’t have helpful feline roommates!

  17. There’s no such thing as too much yarn. Especially when it’s so well organised.

  18. Love your organization!! It looks great…I decided some years ago to stash for retirement, in a “401(k)nit” account, so to speak. I didn’t realize at the time that I’d have so much stashed by now! Last year I mostly knit all my socks from stash. This year, I’m aiming to do the same and including my lace shawl knitting, too. (Not saying I won’t buy more, just mostly knitting from stash). Having a stash is a wonderful thing.

    But you’re right, we do, indeed have so much. And there’s nothing wrong with that if you’ll use it (and you will, as I will). But…with all that’s going on in the world, it does make one stop and think a bit.

    You’re an amazing lady – what a lovely thing to donate your pattern proceeds. And, btw, I’m glad I got to meet you at Sock Summit!

  19. Glenna, your office, personal yarn shop is just delightful. Keep buying and using yarn if it makes you happy. That’s a lot better than spending money on a psychiatrist. Happy knitting. Gita

  20. Dude. Your office looks like a yarn store. Well done.
    (whether or not this is a good thing is not even a question)

  21. That is a really awesome idea, actually. Someday in the foreseeable future, I plan to move into a slightly bigger apartment, and there I will find a place to totally own my stash.

  22. elizabeth · ·

    love the look and wish I could do it but would worry too much about moths, those horrible things what have you done to stop them destroying part of your statsh not so much of a problem in a shop therese gets moved around alot but at home so may not be touched for ages think I will stick to the plastic boxes fro now but still love the look of yours and so easy to find that yarn you know you have


  23. I LOVE how organized your stash is!!!! I too have a large stash and I too am very pleased with it… my hubby gets a little annoyed with it but I agree, it’s probably the least harmful “collection” anyone can have! Even if it gets way too full…. you can always resell, knit something silly, or even take it back in for trade! Love it….

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