What do you called your yarn stash?
I was watching a movie last night on Netflix and I noticed that main actress was knitting in her chair. Her house was cluttered and she had this huge box of yarn in her living room with work in progress.
I immediately pointed it out to Daniel and said, oh look, she has a yarn collection box! I don’t like to call our yarn collections as stash as it makes us sound like we are hoarding yarn. Some of us may be hoarding yarn but I cannot talk as I have a lot of yarn like many of you.
Well, in the movie, that’s called Life’s A Breeze, which happens to be on Netflix… the family ends up cleaning this older lady’s home without her permission. Out from the middle of the living room is this huge wicker vase like basket. So who cares right? Well it was the terminology of what they called it that made me look up as I crocheting a project.
The guy called this lady’s collection as her wool!
I smiled as flash back memories came to me instantly. I used to call my yarn Wool too. My mother called it wool and so did I. But you want to know a funny thing? In looking at my collection of yarn at the time, I didn’t have anything that was actually wool. Everything I had was department store acrylic.
Listen up… I’m not a fancy guy and an everyday shopper like many of you. I buy what’s on sale and will look for deals. I’m not embarrassed about it one bit.
After a year of doing The Crochet Crowd, I was corrected by an official person on two terminologies that I was constantly using. I was referring to my yarn as wool and I was calling the yarn as I was working into a project as string! I know… I know… How did I ever function in life! 🙂
I will admit something else too. When I started The Crochet Crowd, I didn’t even know there was a difference of yarns such as Wool, Alpaca, Polyester, Acrylics and more. Honey… I see sale signs on the shelves and that’s how I made my decision. The cheaper the better! I don’t see a problem with that!
Well after I got schooled, I figured I better learn about yarn, making of yarn and what yarn is actually made of! I didn’t know that sheep don’t contribute to acrylic yarn! Newsflash to me! Sounds ridiculous now but let me defend myself for a minute. When you enjoy crochet and you love your projects and can afford the yarn… does it really matter? Not really! For me, it was about the enjoyment of the hobby, not necessarily the type of materials at the time.
It was Daniel to introduce me to other types of yarns and told me to wake up to realize there is a lot more to yarn than just the cheap stuff on the shelves. It was Daniel to force me to learn the differences and it changed my mind about yarns. Not changed it in the sense where I have become this Diva that won’t touch acrylic yarns, but to realize there is a difference and to respect the difference.
In time, I came to learn to defend the prices of ‘higher end’ yarn. I came to realize the price of the yarn is completely dictated about the volume of yarn production as well as the raw materials are used. Animal fiber yarns don’t just magically appear. The animals need to be raised, sheered and so forth. There’s a lot more to the process and this changes the prices substantially between acrylic and animal fiber based yarns.
So in time, I had to learn to change my terminology from calling all yarn I touched as wool to calling it by the general term of Yarn instead.
I have a friend who is a hardcore animal fiber yarn base for all of her projects. She can afford it and prefers it. She was referring to another friend as being an ‘Acrylic Queen’ because her friend will only use acrylics. I laughed so hard at this term because I think I can earn the same title. I wondered in my mind if it comes with a crown because I will gladly wear it.
Nevertheless… call your yarn collection whatever you want! Technically, there are proper terms but if it interferes with your enjoyment of crochet… don’t bother to change your words! Do what makes ya happy! Now… if you are like me and join the industry behind the scenes… you may look silly in a boardroom calling the yarn something you shouldn’t! Don’t worry, I have done that already so you wouldn’t be the first!
Do you call your yarn something other than yarn? Share by leaving a comment below!