...for a little navel gazing. I'll get back to the Willow Books thing tomorrow. Again with the old news, eh? That being late thing I have? It's all-encompasing and extends even to here.
Today Mamacate shared with us some concerns over her ever-expanding stash, and that got me to thinking (yet again) about my own ever-expanding stash and why it is that my attic/office full of fiber provide so much joy. Just going up into this room has the power to cheer me on even the absolute WORST of days, not matter how stressed out or tired or cranky I am. And y'all don't laugh, but it's a PHYSICAL thing, too. It's this little humming that starts in the gut and spreads throughout the body, built of beauty and possibility, of potential and promise, and it's good. Really good.
Speaking as someone who has something close to 20 lbs of clean but unprocessed fleece(and that's not even counting the processed stuff, the commercial roving, or the massive amounts of yarn) and a very time-demanding job, I can say that I completely understand her dilemma. Except for one thing. What is this state she speaks of, this "too much roving"? Is that possible? I'm sure I don't get it, but I'd like to try to reach that state. Er....assuming that it wouldn't lead to divorce. Hi honey! Nope, no new roving here, I promise. Saving all my money for floor tiles, like I promised. Yes I am.
Getting back to the stash thing, though, a very wise
enabler friend said something to me this weekend at Rhinebeck as I expressed some concern over my growng addiction stash. She said that our stashes are not about need, but are instead about having choices. And she's so.very.right. Some days the Romney lamb calls out to us, and some days it's the silk. Some days one wants to pound out a couple of batts of roving on the drum carder, some days one just wishes to kick back and comb up a few ounces fine, soft wool, and some days we can't even bear the thought of anything any more complex than a garter stitch scarf in a simple, classic yarn. My current favorite, for instance, would be Cascade 220, but that changes every 10 seconds or so. Yesterday it Auracania Nature's Wool, and the day before that it was the Sheldrige Farms superwash in that scarf kit from Rhinebeck. See why the stash is a good thing? After all, it's not like the wool is going "go bad" (do not EVEN mention moths to me, not now), right? It's the perfect pantry item. Right?
You know what I don't have though? Enough bobbins for all this ADD spinning. Must fix that....or maybe stay more focused......nah.