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crzyboutyarn
Seriously Hooked

USA
792 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  12:56:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message
Ok I must confess, even though I am sure I am not alone. I am not like most women who love shoes and clothes (even though I love make-up and purses ) I LOVE yarn and I am so an impulse yarn buyer. I will go to the yarn store and buy yarn that probably wont be used for like two to three months. I am just bored so I drive down and spend $30 here and $50 there. I need to go to yarn buyers anonymous, I could probably open my own yarn store with the amount of yarn I have. :-)[blush]

~Courtney
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NCmusiclady
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
541 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  07:24:29 AM  Show Profile Send NCmusiclady a Private Message
Oh honey, you are not alone! That's how we end up with a "yarn stash," yes?

I end up doing that "impulse-thing" at sales. Can't miss a sale - can't resist a sale - and I'm saving money, right?

And thus, I have more yarn than I can use in this lifetime.

You are in the right place - you should rename this thread - "Yarn Buyers Anonymous!"
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3464 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  09:55:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message
I do the same! I think it gets especially bad when I am travelling. I keep saying to myself: "when's the next time I'll be here? will they have the same yarn at my LYS?".

Yarn makes us happy and it doesn't hurt our health. As long as we are not going bankrupt, I think it's OK :)

--Minh
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achrisvet
Permanent Resident

USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  11:50:44 AM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
quote:
buy yarn that probably wont be used for like two to three months.


2 or 3 MONTHS? Is that all? Try 2 or 3 years! I don't know when or how I'm going to knit this stuff. Yet I'm looking at buying more later this month. Why? Because it's gorgeous, unusual and on sale, that's why.

Anita
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booglass
Permanent Resident

Costa Rica
1987 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  2:45:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
I can feel your pain or rather elation. Impulse yarn buying can be sooooo much fun.

Bonnie

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cpknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2005 :  4:42:36 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message
I went cold turkey over the summer, trying to finish a few things. It almost worked. I started knitting classes again in the fall and have succumbed several times. Last week I purchased a kit for an intarsia sweater in Simply Shetland. I'd been staring at the model for weeks. I don't really enjoy intarsia, don't know why I bought it. But I think it will be a lovely sweater at the end of the day. I also visited a new LYS several blocks from where I work (most dangerous). I don't know why I feel I have to make a purchase (sometimes small, sometimes large) every time I walk into a shop (other than to support a small business owner). I did restrain myself and walked out with only enough for a hat and scarf. It was the combination of wool and baby camel in pale gree that got me. I've always wanted to try camel but have not been crazy about the colors (for me). This is my only vice.
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crzyboutyarn
Seriously Hooked

USA
792 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2005 :  12:10:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message
Whenever I go to a yarn store, I have this thing that comes over me....I get the glassed over eyes and can hardly contain myself.., especially when it is on sale...even though I dont have a project in mind for it I buy it. I just went to frog pond knits and baught three different ones just because......Then I went back the second day and did the same.........I cant drive by without thinking hmmmm did they get something new.....:-) I need to go to yarn buyers anonymous, like most of us should....but hey it is harmless, my boyfriend should be happy that I dont have a fetish for Coach purses. [:00]

~Courtney
cmquintana1@yahoo.com
lovetocrochet.blog.com
Citrus Heights/Sacramento
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Stitching Fool
Chatty Knitter

196 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2005 :  12:21:21 PM  Show Profile Send Stitching Fool a Private Message
I, too, have become a yarn-a-holic--I confess. It's gotten worse now that I've become a bit more experienced and want to take on new challenges and yarns!! I want to make EVERYTHING I see that I find beautiful, I want to knit gifts for loved ones, I want to knit gorgeous stuff for me. I recently went into a yarn store and bought (expensive, which is all they sell) yarn to make a shawl/cardi pattern because I knew they give you the pattern for free even though I had just bought yarn somewhere else to make some sort of shawl/wrap, etc. So now I have to add this new project to my list, but the list just keeps growing and I am itching to CO for new projects from all this stash! How to stop. I have to just STOP going into these stores until I'm caught up somehow with all these projects...someone save me...offer some advice. This vice is becoming as bad as when I used to shop for shoes/bags/clothes.
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Imknittin
Chatty Knitter

USA
171 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2005 :  06:19:37 AM  Show Profile Send Imknittin a Private Message
Alas! There is no help![crazy][:00] We will just have to keep buying and buying and buying.......

Angie
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booglass
Permanent Resident

Costa Rica
1987 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2005 :  08:29:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
Don't forget internet yarn shopping too!!!!

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Lelani
Permanent Resident

USA
2005 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2005 :  4:45:48 PM  Show Profile Send Lelani a Private Message
For the first time in quite sometime, I left a yarn shop on Sunday without buying anything. I have enough yarn i think now for 10 or 20 years!!

Lelani

"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today." White
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westcoastchica
Seriously Hooked

Canada
788 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2005 :  11:05:14 AM  Show Profile Send westcoastchica a Private Message
I'm a total impulse buyer. I'm also on a budget. Needless to say, these two things do not mix well. Believe it or not, there is a yarn store THREE blocks from my apartment. I have lived here for over a year and I have NEVER gone into that yarn store for fear of racking up a rather large bill... Retail impulse control is not one of my strong points... which is why I do most of my retailing at Value Village... I get fabric for cheap, unravelable sweaters for cheap, and clothing for cheap... at least there if I spend $100 I leave with a bag bigger than my body... :-)

I've had to take my stash out from under the bed and put it somewhere where I could SEE it so I don't delude myself into thinking I need more yarn.

http://sapphyreknits.blogspot.com/
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SerMom
Permanent Resident

Canada
6412 Posts

Posted - 11/10/2005 :  5:46:18 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by achrisvet

quote:
buy yarn that probably wont be used for like two to three months.


2 or 3 MONTHS? Is that all? Try 2 or 3 years! I don't know when or how I'm going to knit this stuff.

HOw about 2 or 3 decades. The probelem, for me, is that it's so easy to justify spending $5.00 or $10.00. So I have lots and lots of a couple of balls of this and that.

The other problem is that I'm finding myself at a loss as to what to make next. There's nothing I'm passionate about at the moment, lots of things I like, and I just don't know what to make.

Barbara
It's a feature, not a bug.

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msgb
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
531 Posts

Posted - 11/12/2005 :  08:47:10 AM  Show Profile Send msgb a Private Message
I am an impulse yarn buyer too. ( I impulse buy other things as well but that is another story). I usually watch my spending but if I com upon a yarn that is just too beautiful to pass up I am a goner.
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SnowPurls
New Pal

USA
36 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  12:17:57 AM  Show Profile Send SnowPurls a Private Message
I have to make up excues. Now I'm buying gifts(yarns) for myself for every occasion. Like, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and even my children's birthdays are good reason for shopping yarns.
Snow
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yarnlover
Permanent Resident

1753 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  08:19:05 AM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message
Boy, do I feel at home in this topic! I too have been avoiding LYS because I can't resist a good yarn (note my screen name ).

I recently met a fairly new knitter who asked me to go to a brand new LYS with him to help him pick out needles and yarn and gadgets for his intended proects. I'm wondering if spending someone else's money will control my impulses, being a new shop and all.....

I confess to also having yarn that I bought in the 80's that was on sale, and that is still waiting for the "right" project. It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone.

One time my late husband and I were in India visiting his family. We went out for a walk and I saw a young man on a bicyle that was absolutely loaded with yarn, on the carrier on the back of the bike. The colors were so bright, beautiful, eye-catching, alluring. I wanted to get one of those little cabs and follow the guy to the yarn shop, but my husband convinced me the yarn was going to the rug factory. Very disappointing, but I couldn't believe how my heart jumped when I saw that bundle of yarn. I knew then that yarn was my addiction!

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mrknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
346 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  10:28:07 AM  Show Profile Send mrknits a Private Message
Giving in to ordering yarn online has been so pleasureable. I enjoy the moment of ordering and planning things for the yarn, I enjoy the moment I see the key in my mailbox (living in a highrise, packages are put in mail lockers and you get to the key to the locker in the mailbox), I enjoy getting upstairs and ripping open the box. And then, the ultimate moment of getting to feel the yarn on my hands and brushed against my neck.

Maybe men wouldn't need viagra if they knitted?

Miriam
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azknitter
Honorary Angel

5539 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  10:54:58 AM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Every time I see the cost of something, anything...I automatically think of a cheaper way to buy it and use the difference saved for yarn!

I buy all my jeans, shorts and general "schlepping" around the house kind of clothes from thrift stores in town...just so I can have more yarn money. I'll spend $5.00 on a pair of jeans and then spend $150.00 on yarn. It's a sickness, but...it works for me.

Trish
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knittingdoc
Warming Up

USA
90 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  1:20:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit knittingdoc's Homepage  Send knittingdoc a Yahoo! Message Send knittingdoc a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by azknitter

Every time I see the cost of something, anything...I automatically think of a cheaper way to buy it and use the difference saved for yarn!

I buy all my jeans, shorts and general "schlepping" around the house kind of clothes from thrift stores in town...just so I can have more yarn money. I'll spend $5.00 on a pair of jeans and then spend $150.00 on yarn. It's a sickness, but...it works for me.

Trish



I totally know what you mean! I love this forum

Happy knitting!
Mary
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Diva Ree
Gabber Extraordinaire

537 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  2:25:03 PM  Show Profile Send Diva Ree a Private Message
My sister is the yarn ho in our family...and she's also the most likely NOT to use what she buys.

Yesterday, I went through her stash and noticed she had 3 balls of Moda Dea Wild. I made her a fringed scarf.

Most of what she has is too much for a small project, yet too little for a large project.

My mom laughed at what I told her was in my sister's stash, and she told me I should make her something with it and give it to her for Christmas. LOL
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sydo
Chatty Knitter

USA
225 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  05:02:48 AM  Show Profile  Send sydo a Yahoo! Message Send sydo a Private Message
It sure is a comfort to know that this yarn disease of mine is so common. I am only saved by having our only LYS recently close its doors for good. Now my only challenge is to avoid New York City yarn stores when I have to go into town.

I am another one with the feeling that if I walk into a yarn store, I should really buy some yarn just because I walked in. Very odd. It's bad enough when I fall in love with a yarn, but searching around for something to buy so that both the LYs owner and I can feel good is another level of crazy.

At a certain point, I have begun to wonder if my stash will outlast me. Thank goodness my DIL knits.
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