knitnana: A Matter of Restraint...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Matter of Restraint...

9 days. Nine Days. NINE. Only 9????

I began the Yarn Focus Challenge on April 10. Yup. Nine days. {sigh}

I've been very very good. I have a large cart full of yarn at KnitPicks and a somewhat smaller one at elann. I have shopped. And shopped. And SHOPPED. But I have not bought. I'm amazed. I'm also pretty proud of myself. It's amazing how much I think about yarn. How often I'm prone to stop at AC Moore, Michaels, or some other store on the way home for a ball of dishcloth cotton, or some such. How often I tend to make an online purchase. When there's no box at my door when I get home at night, it's like withdrawal from a drug...or smoking...
I'm learning I can withstand the compulsion (I'm still obsessive, but I don't have to act on it).

You know what else occurred during this 10 days? I learned I am a sock maniac. I was already a lace shawl addict. But fortunately it takes quite a bit of yarn to make a shawl, and I've bought a lot of yarn for shawls, and not had any where near the time to make them all up. So I'm feeling pretty flush with lace yarn.

But ... socks? Well, I just got started. Just. I don't have a sock yarn stash. I'm only just learning about Regia, Opal, Lorna's Laces, Cherry Tree Hill, Koigu. We won't talk about those multiple balls and skeins of sock yarn in my two shopping carts patiently waiting...for what?

OH...for my "free" yarn purchase day. On the Yarn Focus Challenge, we get one free day a month. So when is that?

When I can't stand it anymore...which is probably going to be pretty darn soon.

That brings up another point: how is the second sock coming? Past the toe, turned the heel, started the patterning on the cuff. I'll show you when it's off the needles and on my foot - I want to show you BOTH OF THEM ON MY FEET! By the weekend, I'm sure!


Blogger Chris said...

Oh, all that Regia that Elann just got... pure torture!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Let me enable you: Knit Picks has most of their sock yarn on sale. You can't pass up a sale, can you?

6:51 PM  
Blogger emy said...

Well, get yourself a student and then you can put all the blame on yarn buying on the student! LOL :P

7:53 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Seems to me your plan is're pretty darn focused on yarn! LOL

Take one day at a time...breathe and...when a yarn is meant to be yours, you'll know.

I said I wouldn't buy anymore yarn until all the bags around the table are gone...and I haven't...but they gave me yarn for classes and to make bonnets with...*sigh* maybe people like us are supposed to be constantly surrounded by yarn. LOL

Be strong Sallee, be strong...

Ruinwen, who really wants some of the Knitpicks self striping sock yarn to make lace.... :)

8:40 PM  
Blogger Celtic Knitter said...

oooh . . . both socks at once . . .how exciting!!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Sounds like your doing well, you can handle it and the day you decide to buy, well you'll be free to buy as much as you want!

Congrats on making it 9 days!

4:23 PM  

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