At what point does yarn that comes into the house become part of 'the stash'?? Is it the minute that you pull it out of the yarn shop bag (or the PIGS--Project In Grocery Sack, if you are sneaking something in the house) or the post box?
If you have a project in mind---and cast on immediately, I'm guessing that yarn never really makes it to 'the stash'. But what about the yarn you buy for a certain project, and you now have doubts about that original pattern choice, so you put it aside---albeit briefly. Is the yarn now in the stash? Or, you still love the pattern and yarn together but decide you are going to knit it later. Is the yarn part of 'the stash' or simply a USO (UnStarted Object).
And speaking of USOs....is this merely a sub-set of UFOs?? And when does a WIP become a UFO? This is sort of important to me.....because right at the moment, I seem to have more WIPs that I can realistically knit on at the same time. Does unintended negligence relegate a project to UFO status, or only purposeful neglect? (After all, I just dragged several things out of hibernation. They need their proper label.) They most definitely aren't (yet) BUFOs (Boring UnFinished Objects) nor are they TOADS (Trashed Objects. Abandoned in DiSgust).
Cleaning out the yarn closet I did come across what I know are a couple of legitimate UFO subsets...there were a couple URO (UnRecognizable Objects), which I'm sure I loved when I started them; wonder what they are? Luckily, I only found one WHTTP (What Happened To The Pattern?)
Do we need a whole new category?? TINKOBIDHET (Things I'm Not Knitting On Because I Don't Have Enough Time)....would that 'TINK' in the beginning confuse folks and make them think we are unraveling something? Or maybe, LIBLT (Love It But Left It)?
Please. Help me here.
Am I overthinking this?????