Fiber Arts Podcast in Connecticut, USA

Problematic Stash Terminology

It wasn’t that long ago that Tik Toks and Instagram reels about hiding stash took social media by storm. Individuals hiding their stash, sneaking it in, tiptoeing past finger-wagging spouses… you know the drill. At Pardon My Stash we’ve talked extensively about the issues we have with joking about hiding your hobbies from your partner, but what about the verbiage in the fiber arts community as a whole? Should we use words like “addicted” or “addict” when we are simply talking about enjoying purchasing yarn? Is talking playfully about an addiction problematic?

In this episode, we get serious about our feelings regarding knitting and purchasing yarn as addictions, and words such as “stash” and “horde” and the positive and negative connotations to them. We talk about being honest with yourself, and when purchasing becomes too much. And we speak on the ableist and often overlooked connotations of calling purchasing yarn an addiction, and why we should take shopping addictions seriously.

Trigger Warning: We try to bring our trademark levity to this episode, but there is talk about addiction and other mental illnesses.

Current WIPs:

Drea – Arachne by Verily Knits

Meg – Calliope by Espace Tricot

Tina – Seed Dot Beanie (Super Bulky) by Finarina Knitwear

Jess – Between the Dragon and His Wrap by Kathleen Spurling

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