I love yarn.
Ever since I started knitting, I have enjoyed collecting yarn. I first started knitting at age 10 or so. Obviously, my yarn budget (or budget for anything) was basically non existent, but I was blessed with some older women in my life who gifted countless skeins of yarn to me. I am incredibly grateful for the adults in my life who encouraged my love for this craft.
At the time, I could not understand why anyone would get rid of yarn. I was glad that some people were willing, but I didn't understand it. A month ago, while cleaning my room, I decided that there was some yarn I was willing to part with. It was a lot of acrylic yarn and other types that I just do not see myself using. I know a young knitter, so I followed the steps of those women who helped me and gave her several skeins of yarn.
The more I learn about yarn and fiber, the more I want to just keep the yarns that I know I will use (or would like to use. Let's face it: we all have those skeins we love to just look at and stroke). I still have a fairly small yarn budget, but I am more careful about what I buy. My focus has been turning more towards quality, not quantity. I still know hardly anything about the various types of wool and the spinning process, but I am learning.
And really, that's what it's all about: the learning process. We all have to start somewhere. Instead of being ashamed or feel silly when confronted with past projects and yarn choices, celebrate how far you have come. Be grateful for all that you have learned since then, and encourage those around you who are on this same journey.