The end of my beloved yarn stash.. (and some considerations)

Last night a huge fire broke out in a storage complex in North London. Here a BBC article about it. The pictures show the level of devastation.


Source: BBC

Most of my yarn collection, lovingly selected, was in there.

When I was first told the news, I couldn’t believe it was true. My partner said, there’s a fire in the area where we keep our things… “What?!”

Disheartening as it may be, for now I’m taking it with a philosophical approach.

Firstly, there were no casualties, no one perished.

Then, was it meaningful to have a collection well beyond a knitting-life expectancy? I don’t even have much time to knit!

And although I dearly love(d) my yarn, it’s (was) still a thing. In fact, it was a rucksack, somehow a burden: “Will I ever get to use it?”, “Where do I keep it?”, “How do I protect it?”.

Perhaps, I had spent too much of my life preoccupied with it – acquiring, caring, storing it and so on.

A lot of my belongings from various periods of my life were lost there too, but perhaps it was DESTINY?

Perhaps, it’s another of the eras in life that are destined to pass – all passes away and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Perhaps it will make it easier if one day I were to move elsewhere or change my life?

There have been signs of change in the last years, some days I feel it’s time for a bigger change, but I’m not sure about it yet.

Meanwhile, should I “travel light”? Should I detach myself?

Anyway, as there’s nothing I can do about it, life moves on!

PS some yarn kept at the flat has survived…

PS2 my collection before

42 thoughts on “The end of my beloved yarn stash.. (and some considerations)

  1. I am so sorry for you loss…

  2. Oh boy…this would be tough for me! Blessings as you deal with this loss. – Karen

  3. kathyreeves says:

    You are taking this pretty well…I looked at your stash on Ravelry…that was a LOT of yarn. I don’t know that I would be quite as calm, but I truly admire your ability to keep it in perspective. Still, ouch! πŸ˜₯

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello and thanks for visiting and the kind words!
      Well, my reasoning is that even if I get upset (which I’m sure I’ll be at some point), the lovely yarn won’t be back… it’s gone up in smoke and there’s nothing I can do

  4. Pia says:

    Ugh. You are taking it well! But still, special yarn is so much more than just a sofa or vase… Will you get insurance at least, to stay with the stoic side of things?

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Pia, Thank you for visiting and your words!
      The company sent a message that they will are going to talk to their insurance and will be in touch. Knowing insurance companies… I fear it will be an unpleasant process, as they most likely will try to pay peanuts for the damage. Some days I wish I was a lawyer…
      Yes, there was a lot of special and rare yarn, sigh

  5. That is terrible, not just the yarn lost, but your other things stored as well. Remain positive though, and take care.

  6. How horrible – you have lost some truly beautiful yarn. More lovely yarn will come into your life, I know, but I’m sure it’s not much consolation right now.

  7. jengolightly says:

    Oh my lord! How awful! You’re very brave.

  8. Catherine says:

    Oh gosh how terrible! I’m impressed by your philosophical take on it. So glad no one lost their lives.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Catherine,
      thanks for your visit and comment!
      Yes, that’s the most important thing πŸ™‚
      For now, all I can do is avoid looking at my ravelry stash and buy a little wool in consolation πŸ˜‰

  9. salpal1 says:

    I am not sure I could be so prosaic about it if my yarn (and other things) burned up. But as you say, you had more than you could use… and hopefully you wil get some insurance money, if you can document what you had, and it seems you can… and now you can begin afresh with your updated taste and attitude about yarn. That is a gift, in a way. No angst over whether or not to keep it or dispose of it, the decision making has been taken out of your hands.

  10. What a devastating way to lose anything. London has endured so much sadness and tragedy this past year. My heart goes out to you. I live in California, but my aunt lived in London for many years. I had a chance to visit her there, and returned again for her funeral. It’s an amazing place. Be gentle with yourself. There will be a grieving process ahead. Alys

  11. katechiconi says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, but am lost in admiration for your positive take on the situation. As you know, I’m not a yarny person, but I can totally relate to the loss of a precious stash. Sometimes you acquire things because they’re beautiful and you simply want to have them in your life; it’s not about using them, but about knowing they’re there…

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks for your thoughts πŸ™‚
      That’s exactly it – having those beautiful and special things in one’s life!
      I’m trying not to delve too long in thoughts about the precious yarn that is not there anymore. But I must learn from it, have less… and don’t put it in a storage πŸ˜‰
      Said that, I bought some sheepy yarn in consolation. I guess it’s part of the “grieving” process about the beauty and uniqueness that’s no longer there

  12. Oh dear me! Every knitters nightmare! So sorry to read of your loss 😦

  13. Yikes! I really felt for you when I read about this on the Snail of Happiness’s blog yesterday. I applaud your great attitude though… All the best for your new adventures! πŸ˜€

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I try to keep the spirits high… It’s starting to sink in that all my things there have gone. Nevermind, nothing can be done about that πŸ˜‰

  14. Oh no, I am so sorry, what a loss… but maybe this makes room for something new? We all find it hard to let go, this forces you to so so, Sigh. I would LOVE ato send you some yarns from my stash. Please accept the offer. Pls email me your address. You deserve it! ❀️

    • itwasjudith says:

      That is so *very* generous of you!! I’m amazed, thank you ❀️❀️
      I really appreciate your thoughts and offer!! I just ordered a little new (vintage) wool to keep me company, so It may not be necessary…
      I should try and take this forced opportunity not to build an excessive collection… this one won’t go in an outsourced storage πŸ˜‰
      All the best & hugs from londinium

  15. Fadanista says:

    This made me sad, but the opportunities for new stash abound! I checked out your old stash and was most impressed at the cataloguing. I hope you didn’t lose any other precious things, fire is such a devastating thing.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello, thank you for visiting and your words of support πŸ™‚
      There were other things lost sadly, some I’m rather sad to have parted with, and a good part of my wardrobe… but never mind! I cannot bring it back. If i was to use a storage unit again, I would check that there are sprinklers in place (if any such thing exist in such units)!
      I’m working on buying a few yarn again, as a consolation – I should not overdo it tough, because I really don’t want to store it again, and my budget also can’t stretch πŸ˜‰
      Funny, I was just thinking of you and your lovely shirt re-do post earlier, when I saw a white linen shirt in a charity shop! I almost bought it. My sewing skills are very basic, plus at the moment I have no crafting space where I can do it, so I left it. (Sorry for the lengthy reply!!)
      Warm regards

  16. Sorry to hear that. It must have been a shock. From the insurance point of view, it’s good that you have photos etc. I hope, in time, whether you decide to re-collect or to travel lighter, you will be happy with how things turn out.

  17. Karen Lane says:

    I was stunned and saddened reading about the fire and all the things you have lost but you sound to be strong and I’m sure you will be able to use this awful experience as a new starting point.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you Karen!
      It was a bit of a shock, but life plays games with us and some times it may be better to just don’t dwell to much over it. I did buy a few replacement yarns but I’m trying to keep it low key to avoid the same mistake again πŸ˜‰

  18. Oh my! This is a shock. I am sorry that you have lost so much. I admire your positive attitude. As far as the knitting goes: you have not lost your skills, your drive, your creativity, your community, or your love of the craft. These things are better than stash.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚
      It was sad, but avoiding to look at my stash on ravelry helped a bit.. and I acquired a little bit of yarn already. Not much, though, as I wouldn’t want to put it in storage again!
      I hope you fully recovered from the strain on your hands?

  19. Washe Koda says:

    I am so sorry about your loss ☹️ I just started following you on WP πŸ˜‰

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