Pattern Stashes?

I seem to be on a mission lately, to only knit or weave new projects with new patterns and new yarn.  Did you know you can buy mink yarn? Yep. Saw and felt it in real life at the Yarn Barn (www.yarnbarn-ks.com or Mass St in Lawrence Kansas).  It is very soft and yummy and not as expensive as you might think. I thought it would be furry like a mink coat. It wasn’t. Just pretty soft yarn.

Oops, sorry I got distracted for a minute there.  Back to where I started.  Except for hats, dish cloths and double weave blankets I just want to create something I haven’t made before.  I know we all have yarn stashes.   But no one seems to talk about pattern stashes. I think it might be a bigger problem than yarn stash.  I save knitting magazines because there are great patterns in the mag.  I subscribe to multiple newsletters from yarn companies that send free patterns, and free pattern ebooks. I search Ravelry and Patternfish to name just two for the perfect….(insert project type here)… pattern to go with that perfect yarn I just bought because I knew it would make them perfect (insert project type here).

While I look for that perfect pattern I find so many great patterns along the way I have to save them, to my ipad, my Ravelry library or I print them. Yikes!  I have a 4 inch binder with patterns stuffed full. I bought 2 3-inch binders to try and categorize and organize them.

It might be out of control. Notice I said might because I am not ready to confess that quite yet. Anyone else suffer from this little talked about affliction?  Or is it a sneaky way to fed my yarn addiction but easier to store and hide?  500 gb external hard drives are pretty cheap these days.  That’s it! Eureka!  I am going to get a dedicated pattern hard drive for all my patterns.  Do you think 500 gb is big enough??

Happy knitting and weaving….until next time – Caroline

About Caroline

Hi! My name is Caroline and have been told I am a little obsessed with knitting and weaving. Statements I can't really deny. My husband is awesome and fully supports and occasionally enables my obsession. He has lots of great ideas for various knitting and weaving projects. No really and honestly he does have great ideas. We have 3 great kids and 2 dogs.
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