"Wow that yarn is gorgeous and I have no idea what I need it for, but it must be mine!"
I look at a stash as a resource library. Yes, there are some volumes for a specific purpose, but most are there to inspire me, or give me the latitude I need to wander down a new path. My wife says I am a process knitter. I like to try new things and will accumulate WIPs like crazy if I am not careful. I start something, and get it going along and then I see a different pattern, and I am like a cat in a field of butterflies. I have little unfinished WIP's lying in three different rooms. This, of course, encourages me to buy an excessive (well excessive to some) amount of yarn, because nothing that I have accumulated could possibly work for the next project.
"Yes, I have blue sport weight yarn, but this pattern needs Cerulean Blue and none of the seven shades I have are quite right."
My stash quickly went from a few drawers to a whole closet, six or seven bags scattered around the room, a bunch in ready position by the TV, and few balls here and there that I can look at in a different room...and this is not counting all of the tools...boxes upon boxes. So when do you think a Stash is big enough?
A. If it is not purchased for a specific project I am doing , it is not purchased, I don't have room for extra yarn.
B. As long as I can see it all at one time and keep it contained, a little extra is fine.
C. One closet, If I can just keep it behind a closed door I am not being excessive.
D. As long as I can close the door to a room, I think I'm OK
E. I knit a lot, it doesn't bother me to have it spread around the house, my friends know I knit, so what's the problem?
F. Stash, What Stash? This is a business investment for the future yarn shop I may open one day.
G. Ok, a stranger just walked up to the table and asked me where she can check out, and do we wind yarn for them at the shop...I may have too much.
My Stash level is E. What's yours?