Sunday, February 16, 2014

Confessions....of a yarn junky






First let me distract you with the most gorgeous tulips I think I have ever seen.  I adore tulips, the color on these are a deep, magnificent red.  I am in love with them.

Okay, enough stalling.  Well  I am officially off the yarn diet.  I made it 50 days without buying yarn, remember we can not count vacation/swim meet yarn.  So here I am innocently cruising blogs, reading this and that and I see this wonderful mood blanket on Le monde de Sucrette.  Now lots of you lovely people are making mood blankets out there and I think it is a wonderful idea. I just do not want to make one because well blankets and me, we just don't get along in the knitting/crochet department.  You know I will start one, then put it in the time out basket, it will glare at me for months before I finally pull it out and get it finished.  We have been through this many times together and it is not a pretty story.  And I must admit I can not make a mood blanket because I am in the throws of menopause so my mood is changing faster than I can blink.  It would be one crazy blanket as each row would be a different color, my mood does not stay stable for long.  

Okay, got a little sidetracked there, back to this beauty.  I am working on the linen stitch scarf, which might take me the rest of my life to knit.  I have a beautiful purple sweater on hold as I can not seem to get any time to work on it, there is a bit of lace here and there on it so it does require some concentration.  What I need is something simple, something easy to work on that I can just pick up and put down, no crazy counting, no chart, no yarn in front and back nonsense, just an easy project.  I think this blanket fits the requirements don't you?   I know I told you not to let me start another blanket after the African flower baby blanket.  I know I told you not to let me buy any more yarn, but we are friends, and friends understand when there is a sudden urge to go and buy yarn that can not be stopped.  I did not even go to the yarn store, nope I grabbed my coupons and headed off to Joann's this morning.  I felt each yarn in the store and decided the Bernat Alpaca felt the softest.  I bought 8 colors, and I am going to give it a go.  Do I need to buy more?  Quite possibly I do, but at least I restrained myself by only buying one of each color so in case this ends up a baby blanket I have not gone overboard buying yarn I will not use.  See, I am trying to show some restraint here.  You would think with my stash I would have enough yarn to make a blanket but I honest and truthfully do not.   

As long as I am confessing I have one more thing to add.  I am totally in love with my Knit Picks interchangeable knitting needles.  I feel in the past I might have given them a bad rap and that is not fair.  You all were correct, I simply was not using that little tightening tool hard enough, you really have to give it a big twist, then it is smooth sailing.  I love the points, of my they are so great.  So if you are looking for reasonably priced interchangeable, these are great.  Just make sure you tighten them a LOT!

Okay, confession time is over.  My yarnaholic meeting can now be adjourned.
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43 comments:

Teresa Kasner said...

Fun post.. I love your sense of humor.. well, I love all of you too. I started my Elise Shawl today.. so I need to go do more.. I did a post on my first 3 rows. LOL! OK, off I go.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Emma Pearce said...

Hi my name is Emma and I'm a Yarnaholic...I think you are on to something here :)

Pammy Sue said...

No confessions necessary with this yarny group! We are all hopelessly addicted! I bought a bunch on Friday too...good lord. Your tulips are gorgeous. I've been too cheap to buy them at my grocery store, but they have been plenty. Wouldn't think twice about spending that money on yarn!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Meredith. I think you did a great job of resisting yarn for so long. LOL The mood blanket actually looks very pretty.. we all have our weakness but I am sad to say I have way to many. LOL So ONE wee weakness is very honorable. LOL Hugs Judy

Jennifer said...

Hey, I'm on your side. :) I think your new yarn is beautiful and will make a stunning blanket. I love the tulips too. Pink or red tulips are my favorite flowers of all. :)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh the flowers are so lovely. :)

How on Earth could any of us say anything about your yarn buying when we have all been buying yarn/thread, too. We all share the same addiction...I mean hobby.

Looking forward to seeing your scarf and blanket come to life on your blog pages.

Hugs

Jo said...

I am giggling over here! it is only wool, I think you will be fine. Jo x

My Little Home and Garden said...

I don't knit nearly as much as you, Meridith, but am getting back into it more and more. I promised myself that I was going to use up what I already have here.

Then I saw some beautifully soft yarn ( I "just happened" to be in the yarn department)and thought of a young woman I know who will be having her first baby this spring . . .

I bought some today for a quick, cabled baby blanket.

Karen

RedSetter said...

I think you are allowed off the yarn diet as you have excellent taste in choosing yarn and some retail therapy is medically indicated. Totally guilt free!

Betsy said...

I'm smiling here. :-). Love this post. Most of us are yarnaholics and understand entirely what you're going through. I'm so glad you love your interchangeables now. I can't imagine not having mine.
And the tulips...there are no words for how beautiful they are.
Blessings,
Betsy

Sarah Sweethearts said...

Your tulips are gorgeous, and I'm a yarnaholic too! In fact, I think I need some yarn therapy tomorrow. As soon as the kids go to school. :)

CJ said...

I'm slightly worried that you don't have enough yarn in your stash to make a blanket. What if there's a big snow fall and you can't get to the store and you need to make a blanket??? I think you need a bigger stash, a yarn diet just sounds like madness. CJ xx

Joy said...

Your tulips are beautiful Meredith!
Yarn is made available in gorgeous stores and online for us to buy and use! Buy it and use it my lovely friend - you have rationed yourself for long enough and it is essential that you be surrounded by the 'stuff' in a variety of colours and content! Can I do the same? Please? !!!
Hugs, Joy xo

Lisa N. said...

There is an award for you waiting on my blog!

Lisa

Clare said...

Lovelt tulips we have some like that, that will be blooming in the garden hopefully very soon. I look forward to seeing the blanket and yay for new yarn. I also have to confess to a purchase seeing as we are having a meeting. Just enough pure wool for a spot of yarn bombing.
Clare xx

kathy b said...

My name is Kathy and I'm a yarnaholic too.
I love your colors in the bag .
I am planning some new yarn purchases this very week……
looking for good sales on striping yarns

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I'm right there with you, Sister! Twyla

Kris said...

Hello, my name is Kris, and I too, am a yarnaholic!!!! I have run out of places to stash it, and think that it is becoming a real problem. The first step is admitting it. And so, we have done that!!!
Now, go make something gorgeous with that pretty yarn Meredith!!!!
XO Kris

Mrs. Micawber said...

Diet is a four-letter word. :)

The only things that keep me from being a compulsive yarn purchaser are: a) shortage of funds; b) generous relatives who shower me with yarn for birthdays and Christmas. So I get a lot of vicarious pleasure out of my bloggy-friends' yarn buying - yours included. So go ahead and buy that yarn, AND blog about it proudly - you never know how much you may be brightening someone's day.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Those really are gorgeous tulips. And I can't wait to see this mood blanket.

Dee said...

I think the blanket is a great idea. Of course, I'm crazy enough to be knitting a blanket too so you might not be able to TRUST my opinion.

What is white for --- a peaceful mood? White hot anger??? Slept through the day??? LOL

I agree with you on the Knitpicks. I took your suggestion and used a little jar grabber to help tighten them and they've been good ever since. A bit of superglue in the caps and they haven't come apart once. Nice and pointy AND pretty to look at.

Teresa said...

What is a mood blanket? Is it knitted with the color you are feeling like that day. So a mixture of colors? Brighter for happy days and darker for the less happy days?
The tulips are gorgeous!

Gracie Saylor said...

When my husband fussed about paying someone for something, I would try to reason with him.
"You know how you like to be payed by IBM for the work you do for the company? Well So-and-So needs to make a living so you are helping him do so by paying him for his work."
Just think of all the fiber producing folk you are helping make a living, Meredith. Your purchases are acts of generous support, I say! Bravo!

And I am so glad you are embracing your KP needles, since I am rather proud of mine :)

The only bone I have to pick with you is that you have enticed me to investigate mood blankets. I am compelled to click on the links you have shared to find out what you have discovered...another project for my want to make list ??? Goodness gracious!!! xx

BettyandAnnie said...

Hello my name is Andrea and I'm a yarnoholic...

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous tulips there. You did very well getting to 50 days without a yarn purchase! I am addicted to yarn also.
Marianne x

Elisabeth D said...

I'm too am a yarnoholic ;) Your new yarn looks lovely, alpaca is so soft so it will make for a wonderful blanket. I'll look forward to seeing your progress! Beautiful tulips too xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Hello, my name is Amy and too am addicted to buying yarn!! I don't think that anything bought or created (or not!) in the throes of a menopausal or pre menopausal moment counts, so yay, you are still off the hook! (no pun intended!!) Oh, it is getting worse, I will go away and leave you in peace. Oh, I know what you mean about the mood blanket, mine would be stressed, stressed, angry, cross, really angry right now!! xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL! I'd hate to see the craziness of my mood blanket right now, too! LOL! Love the colors you chose, Meredith. Worthy of breaking the yarn diet. LOL! Enjoy! blessings ~ tanna

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning Meredith, I love your tulips-so beautiful! and I just love reading your posts-they always make me smile-you should write a novel someday-hugs.
No apologies for being a yarn junkie-it's just too much fun. Kathy

kristieinbc said...

Well, they say confession is good for the soul. Whoever the heck "they" are! :-)

Ana BC said...

YES!!! How fun that you are joining the mood blanket challenge :-)

Ana BC said...

YES!!! How fun that you are joining the mood blanket challenge :-)

linda said...

That's great Meredith and well done for holding out so long, it's a nice simple stitch so I'm sure that you will enjoy working a square a day, I'm looking forward to seeing it as it grows. I love tulips too and all spring flowers, I'm enjoying some daffodils that I bought at the moment. Have a great week. :)

Nana Go-Go said...

Dearest Mer, you're such a hoot! Nothing in your stash,eh?So you go out and buy some Alpaca! You've got class, Lady!I'm crocheting a giant granny blanket all in shades of blue....just about says it all about my mood these days!lolHave a great week.xxx

Linda Powell said...

Yay you're officially off your yarn diet! Beautiful choice in both yarn and those gorgeous tulips Meredith xxx

ColourMeCrochet said...

I was so distracted by the bright cheerful colour of your tulips, that I can't remember the rest of your blog.
And no, no that wasn't me with my arms laden with bags of yarn, sneaking in the back door.
I have to say I find the "No Buying Yarn" lark, harder than trying to loose weight at Fat Club.
Hugs to you
Sally xxx

Chrissie said...

Good for you! Indulge! I've decided life is too short to deny yourself lovely things... ;-) I'm with you on the mood blanket - I love the idea of it, but if I have a week of stress colours I'm worried the blogging community will organise an intervention - so I'll get back to my crochet hexie blanket, and we can spur each other on to finish! Ready, set, go! Chrissie x

Faith said...

I do not think you need to confess, your yarn buying was not simply a whim or an out of control splurge, it was a calculated and cautious buy....and it is almost always the case, no matter how big the stash, it doesn't contain the correct yarn for a specific project....in my mind you can sleep easily, no wrong done.x

Astri Bowlin said...

50 days - that is fantastic. You are a much better woman than I!

Good choice for a wagon fall. You did get your 50 day pin I assume? Was it made of yarn?

Your posts always brighten my day and make me smile, M!

Taciana Simmons said...

Well my dear friend ... The whole time I was reading your post I was thinking to my self... Am I thinking aloud ? I thought about doing the mood blanket also ( the one that actually started was somebody on Instagram) but I thought to myself I have 4 blankets started and not finished right now and that stopped me from starting yet another one... You are so funny my dear friend ...:) I also really believe I'm a yarnaholic :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You're too funny about your yarn!! Lent is around the corner if you need to refrain from buying yarn, yet again!! The blues in front of the tulips are splendid!! As well as the tullips!!

Little Welsh House said...

If it makes you feel any better, I am hopeless at knitting (can't remember what I've counted) and have no idea how to crochet - and I STILL occasionally feel compelled to buy beautiful yarn that I can't do anything with! It just looks and feels so beautiful... And every time I imagine I will miraculously be better at knitting, or find time to learn to crochet.

I recently took about 4 balls over to my friend so she could crochet them, to free them from their prison in the bottom of my crafting box! H xxx

Rose Red said...

Catching up ... Yet again!
Gorgeous tulips!
And I love the idea of the mood blanket, and I totally get the urge to buy yarn. I have long suffered from it too!