When I learned to crochet a couple of years ago, I told myself that this was going to be one hobby that I kept in check. I wasn't going to stockpile yarn like I do fabric or paper and I bought one big-enough storage container that would house all the yarn I'd ever have at one time.
I mean, what happens when you plan a big project, buy the yarn, and then get distracted with other things and never get around to it? And what about when great friends feel sorry that you live at the end of the earth and nowhere near a yarn store so they send you beautiful skeins of yarn for no reason at all? Or when your favorite yarn colors go on sale? Or when you do get a chance to visit someone else's nearly overwhelming LYS (local yarn store) and finally find the linen yarn you've been reading about and though you can't imagine what in the world you'll do with it, you have to buy it because it's linen and it may feel stiff now, but wait until you wash it and it turns soft like a miracle? What then?
You get the picture. So when we moved into our new house, I was confronted with my utter and complete failure at keeping the yarn stash in check and also with the fact that I really don't have enough space to store it all and so, was born the impromptu, random stripe, stash busting, king-size ripple blanket.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this blanket. The rhythm of it. The joy of pairing colors willy nilly. I store everything by my chair in the living room and love seeing the color spill over onto the hardwood floor. And seeing as I'm able to crochet a row or tw0 a day, it'll only take me about 13 years to finish this monster.
If you're interested, you can make your own monster ripple blanket (and make a dent in your yarn stash--you know you need to!) with this excellent tutorial.