So some clever Ravelry user decided a while back that April first should be "Flash Your Stash Day" (actually I have no idea how it came about, perhaps it just sprung forth from the ever-fertile Internet, fully formed). I did it last year, and here I am again. I don't really share the yarn and fibre stash for the benefit of others (I do hope that you don't mind seeing it though), rather, it's an exercise in personal stash awareness. It helps me remember what I have, fall in love with it all over again, and reassess what I plan on doing with it. It lets me feel comfortable buying a few new things if it's getting low, and it helps me to stop buying more if things have started getting out of hand (yeah, that's where we are this time). It's also a good time to shake everything out, get it some air, and check for bugs.
So there you have it! I bet some of you are looking at those photos thinking that I could definitely add a few skeins, and some of you are justifying your smaller stashes by saying "well, at least mine isn't as big as hers." I would even bet a few of you are wondering why the heck a person would stash yarn at all (question for you - ever collected rocks? Stamps? Pokemon cards? Sports memorabilia? Books? Well, this is the same thing. I know where each skein came from, and what the occasion was when I got it. We all collect weird things, my collection is just really useful and fluffy).
Just for fun, here's last year's photo. Note the lack of spinnable fibre. And all that acrylic (since donated). And the lack of sweater quantities. My crafting habits sure have changed.