Yarn – It’s Not a Hobby, It’s a Way of Life
Most people who know me know that I’m pretty obsessed with yarn. I love playing with yarn and I have a particular weakness for yarns made with luxury fibers. I’m particularly partial to merino wool blends with silk and/or cashmere, to say the least. It’s pure joy playing with “the good stuff” as I like to call it.
A simple look at my recent yarn purchases and allocations of my free time over the past year paints a clear picture of the importance of playing with yarn in my life. A few days without crocheting (or knitting) leaves me frazzled and a bit lost.
On my way back from the Maryland Sheep and Wool (MDSW) festival, as I thought about the damage that I had just done and all of my new yummy yarn delights, I came to the conclusion that this is not a hobby for me. This is a way of life.
I will gladly give up new clothes and shoes, expensive haircuts, manicures and pedicures….you name it…..in order to buy more yarn. In fact, last year at MDSW, I went solo and purposely did not eat so that I could splurge on more yarn. Yes, I gave up food for yarn!
However, I realized too that it would be a shame if I amassed this huge collection of “good stuff” and I didn’t get to play with most of it while I was still on this earth. So, I have made a commitment – all of this beautiful yarn must be turned into completed projects. My goal is a project per month. Yes, I am going on a serious stash buster’s diet, complete with a plan and some accountability. You, my friends, will keep me accountable; and by December 31st, I should have 6 more gorgeous projects to display. Anyone else want to jump in with me on the stash buster’s diet? Think how much fun we’ll have making our dream projects and how much better we’ll feel after our next yarn shopping spree, because by then we’ll actually need to buy more yarn!