I have mentioned before that TOB (The Other Brother) has become quite the knitter. This evening he realized he does not have a project to work on during lunch and the ride time to and from school each day and decided that he needed to cast on a pair of fingerless mittens as a Christmas Present.
TOB : Is there a pattern you can give me?
Me - I can write you up one very quickly.
TOB: Ok, I want them to be red, and soft. Not too long in the cuff and no fancy lacy stuff.
Me - TOB, you are a very lucky boy. Not everyone in the world can decide at 8:30 on a Sunday night that they want to knit a project in a certain color and yarn, have a pattern custom written for them and just go to the yarn store in the basement!
Fifteen minutes later, yarn has been picked, pattern written up, he has cast on his project and has it in his project bag to take with him in the morning.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why having an extensive stash is a good thing!