knitnana: Obsessions?
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Thursday, March 17, 2005


Here we are...another Thursday night...time for cogitating and ruminating! This has been a week of recognizing my obsessions all over again. When you smoke, you put up a smoke-screen between yourself and everything else. When you quit, you have to face what smoking allowed you to hide from yourself. I'm approaching 13 months quit, so it's time to face some of those things.

Whenever I find a new interest, that interest consumes me to the exclusion of just about everything else. Sewing and knitting have been my passions for the past several months, and show no signs of letting up! That is a Good Thing, (welcome home, Martha!!). But for years before that, even while I was still smoking, it was voluntary simplicity (yes, I know, it was one more reason I needed to quit long before I did - doesn't mesh well with the philosophy, does it?). So now I find myself returning to old habits. My knitting has propelled me into an area where I'd like to use yarns I truly cannot afford, feeding the Affluenza bug, yarns that really don't mesh with my beliefs (not to mention my allergies!). I am happiest using basic, acrylic yarns, and cottons, knitting profusely and not breaking the bank!

It's amazing to me that the very activities that for years were considered a means to save money, are now hobbies to pour money into, hand over fist, simply by virtue of their being fashionable. To paraphrase a friend's signature line (from a sewing list I'm on): I'm going broke saving money sewing! It just doesn't jive with my lifestyle and philosophical proclivities. As much as I missed Martha, I hold her somewhat responsible! It is chic to create, but to do so, we must use the very best materials possible, and the price be hanged...

So my obsessions are going to have to be fed another way. Where my sewing business is concerned, I will not scrimp. My bags are top quality (which also tends to mean top dollar in this day and age). But when it comes to my knitting, since it is mostly for myself and for charity, I will use lower-priced materials, and will save my skin in more ways than one . But there are other ways to cut materials' costs: Freecycle, yard sales, swaps, shopping sales, clipping coupons. All tried and true tightwaddery.

Good ol' Yankee tightwaddery! That's my heritage and my birthright. So I can keep my obsessions as long as I follow those rules. {sigh} Unless, of course, I win the lottery!


Blogger Kelly D said...

AMEN SISTER!!!!! I couldnt of said it better myself!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Speaking of money and smoking... I think when I hit my one month anniversary of quitting I will buy myself one of your bags. I will be able to afford it then! :-)

Thanks for the very sweet e-mail. I have been spending a lot of the day brainstorming how I will deal with stress. And I am not deciding on a quit date. I think I've almost decided on April 11. I'll keep you updated.... and thanks so much for all your help & support!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

woops... not was supposed to say "now". Sorry! :-)

10:47 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Melanie, it's a process - you'll get there a step at a time. And setting a date is the first step! You can count on my support!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Kitt said...

I don't for a second believe you go beyond your means with your knitting Sallee. I know how you price shop and look for the best bargins out there which is why you've done so well in picking gorgeous yarns for your projects at basement prices...Elann, KnitPicks. What have you bought that was beyond your means and against your philosophy?
I also don't think anyone in chicks spends more than they can afford, we kid about it, joke around about the number of projects going but no one has gone overboard. At least not that I know of and although I don't respond to all posts, I do read them.
If spending $3.50 on a skein of yarn is beyond our means, then who the hell can afford to knit other than the one so many worship...Martha Stewart who is running to the bank with the money those who worship her spend on her so called original ideas.
So please Sallee, quit being so hard on yourself, enjoy your crafts just as you always have.


11:06 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Kitt, not being hard on myself, just recognizing that if I don't watch it, I certainly can be one of those folks who gets themselves in trouble! I don't know that there's anyone on the list who is...(don't know that they aren't either, hon, frankly we each see what we're allowed to see). But you're right - I do try to comparison shop, love elanns, and hope to love knitpicks! :)
And you're one of the best for helping us all find the best prices on the 'net! (((hugs)))

11:15 PM  
Blogger Momma22wildfires said...

Bargain watching, sales shopping, coupon clipping, etc is a good way to make sure your pastime doesn't cost a fortune! Good for you!

9:59 AM  

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