A woman who works at one of my LYSs said something that is very true: Yarn diets don’t work because if you keep yourself from buying yarn you will binge and buy a ton one day.
That is exactly what happened with the yarn diet I started a few months ago. I was good for a while, but then I started buying and buying and buying. I probably ended up with more yarn than I would have if I would never have put limits on it.
But now I feel that limits are needed. Realistically I just can’t do it right now. There are several reasons why I need to tighten up yarn-wise.
1. I already have the yarn I need for all of the projects I will be working on until at least Christmas. Outside of my works in progress there are two projects I have to start before Christmas, and I already have the yarn for them. Well, I think I do. I think I have enough stash yarn for one of them, but I’ll have to check that. If I don’t have enough yarn for it I may allow myself to purchase more, but that’s for a specific gift.
2. I keep getting yarn I can’t use yet, and it’s driving me to cast on additional projects that I really cannot handle right now. I’m dying to make socks, but I have all of these other projects I must finish first. I will bring up the sock thing again a bit later on in this post. Anyway, my itchiness to start new projects means I’m becoming dissatisfied with what I’m currently working on (except the gloves), and I really need to finish those things. I can’t buy yarn and get excited about new projects until I finish everything I have on needles (or off needles waiting to be finished) completed.
3. I have no space! The armoire is full. The box into which I was putting yarn that didn’t fit into the armoire is full. There is random yarn lying about my apartment. This is bad, and the situation must be brought under control.
4. I just don’t have the money right now. In order to buy yarn I must spend money I could potentially spend elsewhere, like on concert tickets or knitting groups. I realized this last night when I went to a knitting group for the first time in months and had a truly wonderful time. I really liked all the women who were there, and I would like to meet with them, as well as some other groups, much more frequently than I currently do. The problem, however, is because I’m a student I don’t always have the money to go out. But sometimes I think going out is important, and being around other knitters who are all doing different things is really inspiring. I’m not saying I’m going to go to a group every week, but I definitely want to go to a few a month.
So those are the reasons I really have to cut back on yarn spending. I am giving myself two exceptions. The first is if I really don’t have enough of that yarn in my stash to make one of my Christmas gifts. I already know what gift I want to make, and I’m set on making it. Second, if an LYS has an amazing sale, I might go get something. But it has to be an amazing sale, like 70% off or the time I got enough wool for a sweater for $35. But that’s it. Besides that, no yarn until at least January 1, when I will reevaluate.
Oh yes, back to the socks I mentioned above. One of the problems of not having room for all of my yarn is that it is laying all over the house. This not only creates a clutter issue, but it also means I’m staring at yarn I can’t use all the time. For example, as part of a swap I received a lovely hank of Fleece Artist yarn that I’m going to use for my first pair of socks. This hank of yarn has been sitting on my coffee table since I got it over a month ago, but really I have nowhere to put it. I see it every day. I see its lovely colors, I imagine the socks I will make with it. It doesn’t help that I have my new sock book on the coffee table as well (even though I do have the space to put that away). So I flip through the sock book imagining the socks I will make with this lovely yarn and what they will look like, even though I won’t be able to cast on for them until after the holidays. It just makes me feel bad, and makes me not want to knit what I have already.
The living room isn’t the only room in the house where this is a problem. In the bedroom I have an open box of yarn that doesn’t fit in the armoire, as well as a few bags of yarn that don’t fit in the box either. Some of the bags are transparent, and I can see the contents. Like that lovely Dream In Color Smooshie yarn I’m going to use to make socks for my mom. Or the $35 sweater yarn I’m going to make for myself that right now seems way more interesting that Poinsettia or Lys or any of my holiday gift projects.
You would think that seeing yarn I can’t wait to work with would motivate me to work on the projects I have so that I can finish them and start using this new yarn. But it doesn’t. Instead it makes me feel bad about what I’m working on. The solution? Hide the yarn!
I need to come up with a way of storing all of that extra yarn so that it’s not in plain view. I already have boxes of other stuff stored under my bed, and my closet is full, so I really don’t know what to do with this yarn. But it needs to go somewhere where it isn’t out in the open. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate them.