I amazed a non-knitter this weekend by noting that over 15,000 stitches would go into the small, decorative scarf I was making. I think he gained a new appreciation for what it means to receive a hand-knit gift, ha ha! He was similarly impressed that the small ball of yarn I was using was 440 yards in length. If it were stretched out, it would be over four football fields long! He was a tad skeptical, but I happened to have another hank of the same yarn with me and the tag was still attached. There it was: “440 yards”. (It’s especially effective if you do this with lace-weight yarn!)
And then I got to thinking about the numbers myself. I finished documenting my stash in my Ravelry notebook, exported it to a spreadsheet (how cool is that???!?) and calculated the total yardage. Drumroll … 7639 yards! Or about 4 1/3 miles. I’ve only been buying yarn for about a year so I know my stash is comparatively small, but wow!
So, what’s a “healthy” amount of yarn to have in the stash? No more miles of yarn than you could walk in one day? A week? A month? Just wondering!
Once again, I don’t have an appropriate knitting picture to illustrate today’s post, so here’s a nice dramatic vacation photo (this is from Lecce in southern Italy):