Since this whole stashie thing began after New Year's, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my stash.
I decided I really needed to organize my stash so that I can
use it. I organized my magazines too so that while rifling through looking for a certain pattern I would be less likely to be distracted by a few other patterns and somehow acquire the yarn for them.
I also started a spreadsheet that tracks my projects. I have a page for In Progress, Planned (have yarn), Someday (love the pattern), and Yarn Needs a Project.
However, since organizing my stash, I have acquired yet more yarn. For example, at Christmas I agreed to make a certain sweater for my brother. I found the yarn CHEAP on Smiley's, $15 for the whole sweater! But you have to order at least $40, so somehow I ended up with a bunch of skeins of silver Moonlight Mohair. That is just ONE example. Furthermore, having my knitting plans all written down has allowed me to plan MORE projects, not fewer.
But I think I have figured out why I continue to acquire yarn much faster than I could ever help to use it. The yarn and the patterns are so beautiful, and sitting there in skein form they have the potential to be ANYTHING. It is like in Good Will Hunting when he lets the girl go before she "learns who he really is".
Once that yarn is on the needles, I can really mess it up. I will be confronted by all my shortcomings. Maybe I don't read the directions so closely, or maybe I don't do a certain technique well enough. The finished product may be everything I had hoped, but it might also be an overpriced piece of crap that took me hours, sweat, blood and tears to finish.
You would think that by now I would have successfully finished enough projects to get over this. On the contrary, every successfully completed item 1) Raises my expectations of the next finished product and 2) Encourages me to seek out even more difficult patterns.
You know how they have sports psychologists? I wonder if they have craft psychologists! I obviously need some professional intervention !