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Are You A Stash Buyer or a Project Buyer?

April 14th, 2009

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If you’re a stash buyer, you purchase yarn because you found a yarn you simply must have and will find something to do with it later.

If you’re a project buyer, you purchase yarn for a pattern or specific project you plan to work on.

Which one are you?

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  • Jennie

    I’m a stash buyer, but I need to be a project buyer.


  • LaurenM

    Definitely, a project buyer. That being said, it doesn’t mean that I won’t change my mind on what to do with it before I actual get to it. But, there is something definitely in mind when the purchase is made.

  • Erin

    I am trying very hard to be a project buyer – even if the project is 3rd or 4th down the line on my list. However yesterday I found a deal I “had to have” and bought it. Now I need to find a project for it so I don’t feel guilty.

  • Nan

    I’m a project buyer. If I see some wonderful yarn, I’ll say to myself, “that’s beautiful…too bad I have nothing to make with it”! That’s not to say I don’t have a stash of unused yarn at home…that’s from failed projects.

  • CrazyCatMadame

    I’m a little of both. I will find great deals, or skeins that I “must have” and then find a project for those yarns. I will also purchase yarn specifically for projects. Having a minimal yarn budget limits the stash buying. :)

  • penny

    both. I try to buy with a project in mind, but will often buy something just because the colour or yarn “spoke” to me that day. if if i hear there are new buttons or fun notions I will probably rush to check them out.

  • Elizabeth

    Stash. It’s my guilty pleasure.

  • Clement

    I am a stash buyer.

  • Sonja S

    I used to be a stash buyer but became frustrated at the amount of material piling up. So I have determined not to buy unless I have a specific project in mind and am ready to start it. As a result I am also using a lot of what I’ve stashed now. =0)

  • Tonya

    Mostly a project buyer. I see something I want to make and get the yarn — then end up not making it. But sometimes I just buy yard “because”. Either way – I have quite a stash!

  • Jacqueline

    I’m a little of both, but now a days, a project buyer so that I can use up my current stash since hubby says no more yarn buying…I get many of my patterns for free, however, at Lion Brand and other sources. But when he gets a job again, watch out!;)

  • Mich Allen

    I am so totally a stash buyer. If I were a project buyer I might actually have enough of a single colorway to make some of the stuff I want to make!

  • Texas Trish

    Mich Allen Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 7:46 pm |

    I am so totally a stash buyer. If I were a project buyer I might actually have enough of a single colorway to make some of the stuff I want to make!

    I couldn’t have said it better myself! I won’t even be looking for yarn at the craft store and somehow manage to find myself in that area! More times than not I leave with a skein or two (or three.. or…. )

  • Michelle

    I’m a project buyer.

  • Kim

    I’m definitely a project buyer. My ‘stash’ is quite small, all mostly leftovers from projects. Always buy more than you need, right? lol Occasionally, I’ll see a ‘must-have’ skein that I MUST have! I also try to stay away from LYS’s, and if I’m near a craft store, I have to put my ‘blinders’ on! 😛 Great question, it’s fun to read what others think – thx!

  • teresa

    I’m a project buyer, but I’m motivated by the yarn. It’s the right yarn that makes the project stand out (for me) and want to make the project in the first place.

  • Carrie Ellison

    I am a Compulsive stash buyer!!!

  • Patricia M

    I am both I guess. I was going through my stash today, and told my family not to let me buy anymore yarn until I’ve used up some of my stash. But if I come across a great deal for some beautiful yarn, I don’t know if I can resist!

  • Shelley

    I am a stash buyer… I buy bulk on sale and If see something new and unusual I buy it! My husband groans when I come home with more yarn! GOT TO HAVE MORE YARN! there is always a ball of yarn with in arms reach! I have a large stash!

  • Ronnie

    I am a project buyer, but I tend to put my stash away, and forget which yarn I purchased for which pattern, and then I find I have wound up a stash buyer.

  • Laura Fisk

    Iam mostly a project buyer, however, a really good sale, and, of course, some money, I will become a stash buyer.

  • Sharon455

    I head into the store with a project in mind, but always seem to end up with extra yarn in my basket. I have two large boxes of yarn in the spare bedroom, + a 1/2 finished blanket that is waiting to be unraveled and started over.

  • Kathy

    I am a project buyer even though I have a long list of projects already.

  • Vanessa

    Absolutely no question: STASH BUYER!! If you need proof, you can check out all the plastic totes full of yarn. LOL

  • Chris C – Ringwood, NJ

    Stash buyer definitely!!

  • Claire C

    both, i have stashes all over the place, my bf, my parents, work every where. but i have to say i was very good today when i when to the yarn shop and come home with no yarn:.(

  • Amanda

    I’m a project buyer, but right now I still am working on my new year’s resolution not to buy more until I finish the projects I already have in my “Assigned Yarn” rubbermaid tub. I also have an “Unassigned Yarn” tub for any extra skeins I have after a project is finished. I use that for very small projects that pop up in between the larger ones.

  • Pauline

    I am a project buyer. And lately I have been buying skeins of different colors to complete small amigurumi projects and I have no where to store all these balls of colors…….. so I am sure that I do not like storing yarn for some project to come along. what if you dont have enough yarn to complete then what.? no not a good Idea.

  • karen

    I am both a stash and project buyer. I guess when it comes down to it, i am a projcet buyer.

  • Karen Carroll

    I’m certainly a project buyer. Lots and lots of projects.

  • Jessica P.

    Stash buyer! I just can’t help myself when I see and feel the fiber!

  • Mariah

    mostly a stash buyer. i get a kick out of somehow wangling what skeins i have in my stash into the project i decide to go for. can you say multicolored? project buying just takes all the fun and mystery out of it. lol!

  • Eveline

    I am a stash buyer, have enough yarn to last a couple of years, always have some to start another project! Couldn’t do this when I was younger. Now do things for RSVP and for my family.

  • Pat

    I cannot resist a bargain so I buy yarn at bargain prices and store it until I find the right project for it.

  • Tonka

    I used to be a stash buyer, but being a college student I’ve had to become a project buyer (grr lack of space and money). What is both great and unfortunate is that I’m only 15 minutes away from WEBS, and it’s starting to own my soul.

  • Michele Girard

    I am a project buyer most of the time, unless I see a yarn that I really can’t resist, but that does not happen too often. I do stash sock yarn though, but that does not count does it? 😉

  • WES

    I am a project buyer. I tried to be a stash buyer, I have stuff that I am not sure what to do with and I probably don’t have enough to make anything with it and that is kind of depressing. Now I am cleaning out what I have left from various projects and just working with it. If there is a new yarn I want to try I will typically go with a one skein project to get the feel for it and if I like it then it goes on my list of future possibles for the right project. Plus I have a small space and too much stuff drives me batty, and that is never a good thing.

  • Patty

    Project buyer all the way! However, I have many projects piled up ready to go. I pick out my pattern, buy the yarn, then bag it with the pattern. I have a closet full of bagged projects at hand at all times. Finish one, reach into the project closet and grab something else!

  • Kelly

    I am new to crocheting (<<1 yr), so I don’t have a stash, which is challenging with some of the small projects that call for “a little bit of red yarn”. I end up buying an entire skein for a couple of feet of yarn and then not knowing what to do with the rest of the skein yet.
    I have started some bigger projects (sweaters) where I have been a project buyer.

  • Suzy

    I am both : a stash buyer, because when I find the most absolutely scrumpscious yarns I just have to have some, even if expensive, and I tend to buy enough for at least a scarf, trim for a sweater, a tiny pouch big enough for id, gloss, and funds for the evening, something useful and beautiful; a project buyer, because I will have a project in mind, and specifically purchase yarn for that project with a little extra- to make sure I have enough (yardage counts do vary) and to add to the stash count (cuz you just don’t know when a project is needed and you just don’t have time to go purchase).

  • Cami

    Stash!! I have to be. There’s no good wool in Mexico where I live. Also, there’s no affordable yarn store nearby. I have to strike while the iron is hot!

  • Cathy

    Project, decidedly. Fewer spontaneous projects happen that way, and I’ll be insured that I have enough of a given color.

  • Miriam

    Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. I have so much yarn I could probably have my little store. However, I have been really good for the last two years….this has been more difficult than when I stopped smoking. I just love yarns, their colors and textures. Maybe having a shop is not a bad idea.

  • Kathie

    This is cracking me up. My husband is always commenting on my “stash”. I tell him I am not the only one. Now I have proof, and I can’t wait to show him. I am a Stasher and proud of it. I always buy at least six of one kind/color, so that I can make something useful (someday). I do buy for projects in mind, but haven’t gotten to the project or have forgotten what the project was. That in itself makes a great BIG stash.

  • Momsknitting

    Stash buyer, then I have to go out and find the right thing for projects because I have the worst time finding a project for the stash. I do tend to buy enough for a project but it never seems to work out and turn into one.

  • birgit1040

    I am a on sale and clearance stash buyer only. Simply because I crochet alot for charity [crafty angels] and need a good supply on hand at all times. I store them in space bags so it does not like like so much plus it keeps it clean. That way hubby only shakes his head a little. :]

  • Delores Childress

    Its funny this question is asked @ this time. I am both .. but I do lean more on the stashing side. I go into a craft store without the intent of buying yarn and for some reason there I am … Its yarn!! So many colors and textures I’ve made many scrappy afgans using my “stash”. It adds interest to a project and its fun. How can you not love yarn?!?

  • Diane W

    I’m definitely a project buyer. No stash for me except leftovers.

  • Harriett

    I am a stash buyer. I love to buy yarn as if they were candy in a candy store. It’s like I got to have that color yarn, because it’s one I don’t have in my stash. Later on, I’ll find a pattern to use it for.

  • Nana

    Stash all the way – can’t resist a sale – I mean, come on – $1.19 a skein???? Surely I can find a project to use that adorable yarn with!!