A momentary lapse

So, I’ve been on a yarn diet since October.  It’s actually a yarn fast since I haven’t actually bought ANY yarn but a calling it a yarn diet works.  It doens’t sound so severe and painful.  Actually it’s not been that painful.  I’ve avoided yarn shops and opening emails from Webs and other stores I used to frequent while I was online.  I bypassed the Spinnrite Winter Sale.  I haven’t missed buying yarn all that much either.  I’ve looked through my stash (several times) and my pattern books and I’ve got probably ten things I want to knit RIGHT THIS  MOMENT.  I also have the suggested yarn for those projects too, which is serendipitous.

During one of my stash shopping trips I found a lonely ball of Lion Brand Homespun (in Edwardian) and remembered that I had bought it with the express purpose of making this shrug.  The Hubs and I are going to a wedding this weekend and I figured it’d be easier to knit this than wrestle with a pashmina-type wrap all night.  Plus I get to add another ball of yarn to my 111 in 2011 project.  So I cast on Monday night.  Wednesday night I knew the yarn requirements were wrong.  Even if I didn’t add another five rows of garter stitch to the back I’d be hooped and have run out of yarn midway through the back.  I wasn’t about to frog the Homespun (ugh) and I didn’t want to toss it. 

So, a trip to Michaels.  For one ball of yarn.  One.  Ball. Of. Yarn.  That turned into seven.  That F’ing Michaels had Wool-Ease on sale for $2.49 a ball.  $2.49!  I had to restrain myself to six balls.  If I didn’t have to meet the Hubs at Staples in five minutes I would have done a lot more damage. 

But it’s just a momentary lapse.  A slight bump in the road.  For $15 I got my fix and I know it’s something that will get used very shortly.  Today, I’m back on the woolly wagon.  It’s just a bit sad that I fell off for Lion Brand.  Why couldn’t it have been Noro?

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3 Responses to A momentary lapse

  1. Oh, how I know how you feel about not buying yarn. I had a bad? habit of buying yarn just because it was gorgeous or felt fabulously soft. And like you, I have about ten projects I could do right now with what’s in my stash. But until I’m finished with Daughter’s Central Park Hoodie, I won’t let myself buy any new/more yarn. I don’t care how beautiful it is or feels…. BTW, I finally, and I mean FiNaLlY, blocked the hoodie. It’s been languishing since Christmas in a mesh washing bag.

  2. Jen says:

    Ah yes, the Noro… !! My current crush is the new rainbow stripe sock yarn at Knit Picks – I am seriously jonesing for several balls of that — I want to make socks for my two girls AND me !! Must. resist. the. yarn. … May the force be with us both…

  3. Susan says:

    But look at how much money you saved!

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