Before I start, this isn’t a book review. I haven’t finished the book yet but did feel the need to share my sentiments about The Greatest Book About Knitting Ever. That book, of course, being Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s book Knitting Rules!
I’ve read only a few chapters but I’m really looking forward to finishing this book. What I did want to remark upon was the last line of chapter two. There are some phrases in life that really resonate with you. This one — for this portion of my life — is definitely one of those phrases.*
“This yarn, then – my whole big sweeping stash – is the stuff of dreams.”
Sometimes when I’m looking over my yarn stash or reviewing my yarn database I wonder what possessed me to become a yarn hoarder. And the answer is because there is so much potential with this pretty string. Garments, accessories, toys, and so on become palettes in which to let your imagination go wild. The colors of yarn, the texture and feel….all of this makes for a truly unique and treasured item. It really is the stuff of dreams.
Hand-making something is time-consuming, yes, but the rewards of knowing that you made something that could be around for a lifetime (or longer) keeping you or someone you care about warm or bringing a smile to someone’s face is particularly meaningful and lasting. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get on a soap box. This is more of a reminder for myself (and maybe others out there who worry about yarn addicts) that yarn stashing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a medium like anything else an artist would use. And I, for one, am looking forward to making many more beautiful things with my beautiful string. :)
* The other of my favorite phrases is when Evelyn, in the 1999 movie “The Mummy,” declares confidently her passion for her profession. Any self-respecting lady librarian knows this one and holds it dear to her heart.:
Evelyn: Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I… am a librarian.