Its sheer volume is overwhelming and almost embarrassing. I know there are a lot of mega-stasher out there in the knitting world, but, thinking about the size of my house and the fact I'm not making any money with knitting, my stash is just too much bigger than me. I should not be ashamed of, though, because it's not a selfish stash.
Those yarns I salvaged from my mother's house was meant to be something for the families. Inheriting her yarns means I am taking over her position as "family knitter." Now I got a good excuse to knit more - it's something I can be happy about.
I think now I knit somewhat like knitters of years ago; Knit with what you have in your hand. Years ago, before internet yarn shopping, before LYS, knitters depended on local yarn or what they get from agents. They knit what they need to, adding a little bits and pieces of fun here and there. Labor knitters had less fun.
Now I'm a family knitter of modern age. I can knit guernsey or Nordic colorwork, even lace. I can knit in any design my daughter likes. There's no limit by tradition, age, social position on designs. I am FREE. I'm only limited by the yarn I have. Gauge issue have to be solved by double-, triple-, or even quadruple-stranding and choosing one or two size larger/smaller, but those are what I'm always doing anyway.
But still, from time to time, I feel "I gotta buy yarn". I'm addicted to knitting, crocheting, and buying yarns.
My solution for it is, to buy yarns for my friends. And for a single, small project as "vent" knitting. Like buying just two skeins of Noro Silk Garden for a scarf.
I found out another solution just today. I have never bought on-line patterns (download & pay-pal kinda stuff) before. I think I can replace yarn-buying with pattern-buying. Not started yet, but I have a vague feeling this can be dangerous. Unlike yarns, pdf files doesn't require any storage space.