It’s been said that yarn-buying and knitting are two separate hobbies. I’m inclined to agree. With all sorts of lovely, soft yarns on the market these days, it’s easy to get carried away.
This past year, I made the big switch from buying cheap, synthetic yarns to buying higher quality, all-natural yarns. I’m really glad I did. The yarns are softer and much better looking. As an environmentalist, I can feel better about purchasing more sustainable products.
After bumping up my knitting skills in the last year as well, I’m also ready to say, “my knitting is worth the better yarns.” If I’m going to use my much-practiced skills and well-honed techniques, I should quality materials. If you’re just starting out, using cheaper materials is recommended. But I’m well past that stage in my life. It’s time to “own” my more advanced stage of knitting.
Yet I still go through a heck of a lot of yarn, as much as I knit. It’s hard to pass up on the pastel violet yarn that would make a gorgeous springtime sweater…or the yellow and orange sherbet fingerling alpaca that would be just the thing for a summer garment…or the silk and wool blend navy blue yarn that would match everything in my winter wardrobe.
Yarn is indeed as addictive as candy. One look, and you want to indulge. Visions of all the great sweaters, scarves, cowls, hats, and even summer tops dance in your head. You feel better just having the stuff in your hands. And, like candy, you can have too much. Your yarn storage bins bulge with yarns that’s been sitting there, un-knitted, for the last several years. You cringe at your credit card bill and vow to say “enough!”
It’s “yarn diet” time for me, I’m afraid. I’ve promised myself I’ll knit through the four sweater projects and three or four smaller stashes of yarn before I buy any more yarn. But once I’ve knit through these projects….I can buy more yarn!!!
Happy Knitting (and Yarn Buying), Cindy
Cynthia Coe is a writer, book reviewer, and avid knitter. Her books and blog posts can be found on her Amazon Author Page.
A Shout-Out to Ewe Knit & Sew for the swirl-pop yarn in the photo! What a great marketing idea!
3 thoughts on “Is Yarn As Addictive As Candy?”
This is ridiculously true! I only started knitting this month, but every time I go into a shop that sells yarn I almost hyperventilate and somehow manage to convince myself I need them all.
I can just about knit a scarf and I have an overflowing box of yarn!
Oh my!!!! If you’ve just started knitting and already have a stash, you’re in trouble!!! Welcome to the family of knitters! Blessings, Cindy
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So true! I’m trying to buy only natural fibres too, but that leaves a load of odd synthetics and mixed yarns, – some are earmarked for projects so I can bust that stash, others will go on charity knits. Then just when I think I’m getting somewhere I go to a yarn festival and the boxes fill up again!
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