Falling on (not so) hard times
I lost my job on Wednesday. Downsizing, nothing to do with me or my performance, yada yada. It sucks, obviously, even if it wasn’t entirely unexpected — and I can’t even joke that at least it means more knitting time, because I’m there for two more months and I really hope to have found something else by then.
It did, however, make me think about the stash insurance issue, which pops up for discussion now and again. Some people mean that it’s good to buy little continuous streams of yarn when you have the money, so that when leaner times arrive — job loss, illness, retirement, whatever — you’ll have a good-sized stash to knit from either for the foreseeable future, or for the for ever future, depending on the situation and stash size. Others disagree and mean that if you’d saved that yarn money then, you’d have it to buy yarn with now.
I don’t know that I fall on either side, though I will say that I think that any money saved would probably not be spent on yarn when you find yourself with less or little money — if you even saved it, because usually money finds holes to go in along the way. (Um. That sounds dirty.)
Mind, I have a decent enough stash that should get me through more than two months, even though I can obviously knit more when I have more “free” time for knitting. But it’s not like it was a plan. Some of it was in fact poor planning, because yarn turned out to not be what I was hoping for a certain project, or I didn’t want to start that project, or whatever. I just… like yarn.
I don’t know that my wrists would appreciate me knitting for eight or ten hours a day, so maybe it’s just as well.