Monday, August 29, 2016

Confessions of a Yarn Addict

  *SIGH* Hi... My name is Jenny, and I can't stop buying yarn. A while back when I reorganized my stash, I swore to not buy any more until I used what I had. It's a hard promise to keep when you crochet for a living.

  I treated myself to an extra skein when I ordered the material for the elephant rug, just so I could get free shipping. That was justified, right? And then The Other Half became an enabler by asking to go to the craft store... But that was his fault, right? And I don't think my dad understood my addiction when he asked if I'd like to go on a day trip out of town, and maybe stop by that Joann Fabrics that I've never been to...

  Yeah, I went. We had a great day. I was just going to look around; see what they have; compare prices... But... Darn you, Joann Fabric! Why did you have to have a sale on one of my most-used, favorite yarns? Look what you made me do:

yarn, Caron One Pound, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet

Okay, so I should stop blaming everybody else when clearly I'm the one with the problem. 

  But, I'm stuck in this small town with two choices for yarn stores: One being Walmart, and both being out of stock on a regular basis. The problem I have with both places is color choices... Do you want dark or light brown, blue, pink, green? You might find it. But to find gradient shades in between? Unheard of at my local stores! I'm not a big fan of brown, but I love coffee. And when I saw these gradients beginning with "Espresso", a coffee-themed afghan was born in my mind.

yarn, Caron One Pound, coordinating colors

  Eww, the Taupe looks kinda greenish in that picture, so hopefully I can find a better camera setting by the time I get that blanket done. No, I'm not starting it yet. I still have my "fairies" project, and two more afghans expected. But I'm itching to start it. I'm loving the design in my mind, and anxious to make it work.

  Not only do I have to fight the urge to start an afghan... I picked up another skein of an extra-special yarn, too. I've been dying to work with Bernat Blanket or Baby Blanket, and Joann's had it on sale. Get a look at this fluffy goodness:

yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, the fluffy

  Again, I don't need it. This yarn on sale is the equivalent of a fluffy bunny staring at you through the pet store window. An extra-fluffy bunny, with extra-big, sad eyes... And this bunny can talk. It says "Take me home and pet me", and you just can't resist. 

Bernat Baby Blanket, yarn, fluffy

  This bunny has an evil side, though. You get it home, and then it won't fit in your too-full yarn stash. So it sits on your couch, staring at you. You try to work on that other project, but it just keeps staring at you. Next thing you know, you're putting down your project to pet the fluffy again. Such a good fluffy. Nice fluffy. My fluffy!

Bernat Baby Blanket, yarn, fluffy

  Yup, I think I'm on a yarn high. But I know I have a problem that needs to stop... Or I need to crochet faster! To once again give "justification" to another yarn purchase, I stepped away from the fluffy for a bit.

  I've been looking for a better, faster way to make plarn, and my dad gave me his old paper cutter - The chop-style I haven't been able to find. It's been sitting in a corner for a few weeks, and I decided it was time to reduce the bag stash... I can only cut five or six bags at a time this way, but it's much safer and makes a better cut than the rotary cutter I've been using.

paper cutter, making plarn, recycled grocery bags, crochet

  And now I'm making giant plarn granny squares, which isn't reducing that yarn stash at all. That promise of no new projects? Yeah, forget it. Planning never works for me, anyways. I rescheduled my days to have one hour of free time, which means I can work on new projects if I want. I'm going to use it to try to get this plarn project finished up... But I bet The Fluffy will end up on my hook soon.

They're going to have to hang my picture in the local craft stores with a notice: "Do not sell yarn to this woman under any circumstances, even if she promises to make you an afghan."

Oh wait... I have the internet... YOU CAN'T STOP ME!

Happy Crocheting!


  1. Hi, my name is Marjan and I'm a yarnaddict!

    Hello Jenny,
    I have to confess: I'm an addict too (wrote a post about it: And my husband is no help either: two weeks ago I took him along to my very first wool fair and he even encouraged me to buy the yarn I fancied most (I didn't want to buy anything, just wanted to go and have a look! Scout's honor!)!
    Brown not my favourite colour but the shades you bought are appealing! Hmmm... You'll most definitely turn that yarn into a pretty blanket!
    Happy crocheting!

    1. Marjan, I actually thought of you when I bought this yarn! I thought "Hmm, I like my idea, but Marjan doesn't like brown". Ha!

      I think it's okay to be a yarn addict. There are worse things.

  2. I must confess I've bought more yarn recently too. Not because it was very inspiring but because it was cheap and I can get started on some Christmas gifts with it. I can't wait to see what you're going to make. We should make a pact that we have to use skein for skein new and old. Buy 5 skeins of new stuff? Gotta use 5 skeins of old stuff too.

    1. I like that idea, but I have a bad track record when it comes to yarn! But hey, you can't win if you don't try, right? Pact accepted.

      Christmas! Oh no. Good thing I bought more yarn!

  3. You and I would be a disaster together! I have absolutely NO willpower when it comes to not buying yarn. It's like it has a magnetic pull no matter what store I walk into. My husband and I walked into Walmart, not to buy yarn, yet I walk past an endcap and they have a yarn on clearance for $2.00 a skein (normally $6.99) so I buy all 12 there...six each of two colors...gray/white and black/white - easy to mix. Not like I needed them...I literally have two-thirds of a room (my craft room) in our new home filled with yarn (moved in April 2015 and had two shelves filled with yarn). I just started back to being able to crochet since hand surgery in January and now I'm having shoulder surgery next week. Yet, I got an email that they had 25% off Red Heart yarn and was seriously considering ordering some more...I just bought 150+ skeins of yarn in June & July at this huge annual sale at Herrschners in Wisconsin. I seriously know I have a problem as well. Oh...and I suffer from anxiety too...I know the feeling.

    1. Walmart... Only came for milk, bread and cat food... Clearance aisle... Entire box of yarn... Don't need it, but... BUY IT ALL! Yup, that's me.

      You've got me beat with your stash, though! I'm not saying that I wouldn't have a whole room for yarn, I just don't have a room for it. I hope your surgery goes well so you can get back to crocheting again!

  4. I was the same way with fabric! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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