My home town is currently besieged by biblical floods. For some reason, public officials, FEMA, emergency responders and the military have all been oddly quiet in one respect- just how a knitter should deal with this crisis. In the absence of more expert advice, I will take it upon myself to offer up some guidance to knitters who may find themselves in the midst of catastrophe.
As in most things, the best offense is a good defense. Before calamity strikes, prepare a disaster plan. Begin by evaluating your stash. How many bags would it fill? Purchase enough trash bags or vacuum pack bags to meet the need. It is not a bad idea to double that number to allow for future stash growth. Place them near the stash so you can pack your fibery friends quickly if the need arises.
Next, take inventory of your various tools. If you are simply a knitter, you may be fortunate enough to be able to put all of your needles and notions in a shoe box. If you’ve been sucked down the rabbit hole a bit further, you may have everything from pots for dying to a spinning wheel or three to consider. Imagine all of your tools and your yarn in one place. Will it fit in your car? If not, purchase a truck, again allowing for future growth of the stash. Although some neighbors might find a 26 foot box truck in the driveway unpleasant, assure them that it is a necessity. Your yarn must take priority. Plus, it acts as a great place to hide yarn from your partner if they’re finding the stash a little outlandish.
On a day off, practice packing your stash. Do it quickly, as if under pressure of impending doom. Get it on the truck. If the process takes more than 30-45 minutes, figure out how to make it faster. Are there neighbors that can be brought to the task? If not, you may want to hire someone to live in the house just in case they are needed.
Be sure you have various escape routes mapped out in case a road is impassible. Natural disasters have a way of blocking off roads. For worst case scenarios, know where the high ground is. You may have to ride out the disaster as an island, praying to all that is wool for its protection.
I’ve been asked why I haven’t accounted for other personal belongings in the above considerations. For some reason, FEMA doesn’t seem to think yarn is particularly important. I am sure there are some conscientious legislators working on this problem as we speak, but until then, yarn must take priority. FEMA will happily purchase a bed or two, but they will never replace your stash.
Pets and family have their own survival instinct. Your yarn does not. Plus, if you’ve chosen well, your family will understand your (slightly neurotic) need to protect your fiber. They will take care of the rest.
If, for some reason, you find yourself unprepared for a disaster, do not be afraid to ask for help. As you frantically knock on neighbors’ doors begging assistance, avoid mentioning that it is to rescue your yarn. Some people just don’t understand. Instead, say something like “Please! My precious is trapped in the living room and can’t move!” Although you are obviously referring to your stash, they will probably assume that your precious is a beloved cat. By the time they realize it’s just a bunch of yarn, they’ll be caught up in the momentum of it and will probably help out anyway.
Disasters will happen. Be prepared. If you are not prepared now, today is the time. You and your yarn will be grateful someday when it pays off.