But of course (thanks Amy and Bells!) I had to join:
No Guilt Stash Manifesto
I will neither defend nor apologize for my stash. My yarn brings me joy, and therefore brings others in my life joy.
Through my hands I do good in the world. I knit with love for friends, family, and strangers. Yarn is my medium.
I promise not to let my stash acquisition interfere with personal relationships or financial health; yet neither will I give in to pressure from significant others to reduce my stash.
I will not judge others’ stash. I can admire it, be inspired by it, even covet certain skeins, but it is not my place to pass judgment on quantity or quality.
I recognize that stash management is personal. I fully intend to knit my beautiful yarns, but I refuse to be guilted into doing so on anyone’s schedule other than my own.
I understand that it may take many years for a yarn to reveal its destiny, and that yarns that have been in my stash for a seemingly long time just haven’t met their correct pattern. I won’t feel guilty about this.
I also recognize that yarn can have many destinies. It can be a reminder of a special trip, a friend, a time in one’s life. It can be comfort or inspiration. It doesn’t always need to be knitted to fulfill its destiny. I accept that some yarns in my possession may never be knit by me.
I believe in the karmic properties of stash. I willingly share with other knitters, and I realize the stash, like love, will grow when it is shared.