A Guide to Stash Yarn
Yarn in a stash can be split into generally four categories.
This is the yarn that you don’t necessarily want but can still prove itself useful. There’s the crappy acrylic that your friend gave to you because you knit, or are too frugal to pass up, the bad color combos that you can never pair with anything, usually also gifts or sales.
It’s often kind of scratchy or acrylic back when acrylic yarn was a new thing and very stiff.
Good for practice yarn, charity knitting, knitting on a budget
- Staple Stash:
This yarn is probably what you actually want when you go to a craft store. It’s probably still washable and mostly acrylic but it’s soft and in nice colors. It’s the cereal part of your marshmallow cereal. But the call to knit it is often drowned out by the new shinies you got.
You’ll knit it some day. But it’s usually pushed to the back in favor of
- Practically Finished Objects:
Yarn that’s been paired up to a pattern and needles and are screaming KNIT ME NEXT PLEASEEEE OMG. But you can’t knit fast enough to keep up with it. These are usually pretty exciting, new and maybe recent stock from your LYS. Maybe a little nicer quality or maybe some of that old stash finally made its way up the queue.
- Display Yarn:
Display yarn is yarn from the stash deemed “too good” to ever knit. Maybe it’s exotic and you don’t know how you’ll ever find musk ox down again, maybe it was handspun that was really expensive and you don’t want to waste it on a bad project.
Or maybe it’s sentimental, or was your first handspun yarn, and it seems like an FO all on it’s own.
Or it literally looks better as yarn than it ever will as a scarf or sock.
Either way maybe one day you’ll find a perfect project for it, but for now you’re happy just cuddling/admiring your precious gems.