I wish someone had told me how your yarn stash will grow....
and grow and grow and grow
and I'm finding that this is a pretty expensive (and addictive) hobby. I'm trying to cut down on impulse yarn buying and only buy for specific projects that I plan to make in the near future.
I totally agree with how the stash seems to keep on growing and growing and growing. So much so that I've placed a ban on myself from buying new yarn or buying yarn only when I know I will use it for a specific project. Except it doesn't tend to work. I guess that is why I have a stash full of yarn that I will never use. I would actually be happier to look at a much smaller stash knowing that it will get used eventually than look at my huge stash and know that I could've better used the money.
Which leads me to my suggestion: Give any unwanted yarn to charity! You will feel good about it!
Also, you can not possible knit even pattern you fall in love with. There would be no time to do anything else.
And my final piece of advice that I wish someone had told me - don't keep knitting scarves if you hate wearing them! Move onto to something different because it isn't as scary as it seems.