Getting back into knitting

I love to knit, but in the past month or so I haven't had the urge to pick up my needles. I have missed the calm mind knitting gives me, the relaxation of the repetative motion, but I didn't want to knit. I felt stuck. At my not so local LYS, there was so much lovely yarn and a wonderful shawl kit that I would love to knit and have. You see the trouble is that my style has changed. My view on knitting and it's role in my wardrobe has changed. I don't like homemade, but I love handmade. Some of the yarn I have is from my mum's stash, I  figured I would find something to make with it. Some of my yarn is so old I don't really care for it at all anymore. And then there is the projects I'm currently working on. Two are very involved with charts and cables, one is too big to haul around, one is just due to be finished

I don't want to buy any new yarn before I finish knitting up my stash, call me weird, because I am. I don't want to have a stash. I don't want to have boxes of yarn in my basement.  What I own should not decide what I can make, my imagination and inspiration of the moment should decide that.

Next I took a look at Ravelry. I only have 10 entries in my stash. I know I have more yarn than that, because some was never put in, but still, 10 entries. That is completely managable.
So last night I picked up my man's christmas socks. Both only needed the toe to be done. And I started knitting. I had to rip back 4 times, because I wasn't reading the pattern carefully, but at the end of the evening, I had a pair of socks done and a handmade christmas present to put in a drawer.
Today I picked up the left over yarn and started knitting squares for my John 6:12 blanket.
I want to get to the point where I have no stash at all so badly (and then tackle my major fibre stash) and the only way I can get there is by actually knitting.

How do you feel about stashes? and what kind of stashes do you have?

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