SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.
Or to put it another way, collecting more wool that it’s possible to use in one lifetime.
There’s a lovely comment in a knitting book (‘Guerille knitting’, ‘Knitters handbook’?) that if you’re so attached to your stash of wool that you actually buy more rather than knit with what you’ve got, there’s a problem that needs sorting out and it’s not the knitting.
I’ve been wondering about two things. One is if it is possible to have SABLE with items beyond wool? I have a small wool collection, but looking around now there are cupboards full of books. They have sat in boxes for years, but I’m reading my way through them at last, so at what point would I reach SABLE?
In other news, a member of the household has taken the bait of the ‘Guards’ books from Pratchett’s Discworld being waved in front of him. He doesn’t get the references of the other books, so doesn’t enjoy them as much, but there’s now raucous laughter coming from the duvet coccoon when he’s reading the action whodunnits.
The second thing is the new clinical problem of hoarding (the fastest growing problem in over 65s besides dementia). Guilty say I, but my first degree sought a way round this as I was able to hoard for a nation and so be reasonably good at not hoarding for myself. Now I’m wandering the place with the mantra “You can’t take it with you”, either to the next life or a next stage of this one, although while unguents can be used, books are difficult to part with.
But more of this new hoarding problem. Apparently it is a phenomenon that has started in the generation of the ‘baby boomers’. These were the children born in ‘The West’ after the end of World War II. In the UK they were brought up during rationing, which ended in 1954. So, it was instilled into them that it was wrong, disobedient, sinful, to waste, to throw anything away that still had some use. So now that food portions have grown, some cannot leave anything on their plates and struggle with obesity, wondering why. And others have houses full of “but it’ll be useful one day”. Items can be given to charity to be used again, but then there’s the fear that they wouldn’t be available again when needed. We visited someone recently and found they’d forgotten they had four spare kettles in their loft.
As the ability to walk unhindered through the room is subjective, one diagnostic test is simply whether any item has to be moved in order to sit down.
But this isn’t SABLE as SABLE tends to only be about one type or kind of item. So looking around here, there’s too much stuff, but no actual SABLE or hoarding just yet.
And in other news, bittersweet reading for anyone who knows the reality, but at least there’s an example showing that although rare it is possible: