It is so easy to see exactly what I have and how much of it I have. The benefit was immediate. I played on it looking at patterns at yet another way. Like all the other cool things about ravelry, you can search by starting with your stash. Click on a yarn and you can search for all projects in that yarn, or for just cardigans or baby things or shawls or whatever you want. I love the search versatility of ravelry.
Bu it has also been a good thing to see what I have in there. Right in front of me. Sorted by quantity. (shivers) Sorted by metres. (shivers twice) It is probably a good thing. By my rough calculation I have large quantities (over 700 metres) for almost100 sweaters. And that isn't counting the lace.
How long would it take a person to knit 100 sweaters? If I knit 10 sweaters a year for the next 10 years, I will just be catching up. I don't plan to knit 10 sweaters a year. That would be almost all my knitting time.
I have enough lace to last me a very very long time. I could knit many many shawls of size and IIRC, without looking, I can knit close to 100 lace scarves or small shawlettes.
And then there is a whole host of scarf yarn and mitten yarn and small project yarns.
And sock yarns. Which is mentally don't count as stash, but really it is, isn't it? I have enough for a whole new sock wardrobe of socks for 5 years. I will knit for a very long time on what I have here and I will love every minute of it.
By the by, I have not listed a bunch of coned yarn that I have, Jaegerspun something or other and several cones of various colours from Webs cone sales. I also have not listed things already in projects. Seriously I had to stop somewhere and I drew the line at yarn on the needles. And I think I forgot to list my Zauberball and a few yarns in the drawers of one small cabinet. I'll get those done in a few days.
I have always been a wee bit ashamed about my stash, but only when I am talking to ordinary people. I have always been comfortable with it around knitters. A knitter understands about stash. Still, even for knitters, it is a large stash.
The very good thing about digging deep like this is that it is packed up nice and tight for the season. Until I need to get some out to knit that is. In the digging and the sorting this weekend, I somehow managed to get a lot more yarn into the closet.
Which means that I have some spa....Slaps self upside the head. Cut it out.