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My addiction

June 20th, 2009 at 01:05 am

I worked extra hours this week because of the sale. I spent all the extra money earned in the sale. 65 balls of wool. Nearly nz$100 worth. 16 white, 20 black, 20 earth tones, 8 purple and one striped sock wool. All 100% wool and very good value - if I needed it all.

I tell myself it is for gifts to knit for other people and for charity. I tell myself I haven't got a white cardigan so I need to knit one. I tell myself I won't be spending money on other things if I am sitting peacefully at home knitting.

Who am I kidding? I have a massive stash already. It will take me at least 2 years knitting to get thru it. Why do I keep buying yarn and then not get round to using it. I am addicted to the thrill of fondling the lovely balls, the planning of a new project, the excitement of casting on a new garment. Once I get finished I lose interest. I have knitted literally hundreds of jerseys and kept very few of them.

I make resolutions to not buy any more yarn until I have used up my stash. This week my resolve crumpled again. My stash is bigger than ever. The pleasure I get from knitting is beginning to be spoiled from worry about the money I am wasting. My hobby has gone thru passion to become an addiction.

There are no twelve step groups for compulsive yarn buyers. All knitters are stash hoarders and enable each others habit. Working in a yarn store is the worst environment for an addict. Everyone there only works to support their habit and spends more than they earn on wool.

My last remaining excuse is that if I didn't keep my fingers busy knitting I would be a chain smoker. There, I'm feeling virtuous again. It's good for my health.

3 Responses to “My addiction”

  1. fern Says:

    That was a funny and endearing post. It doesn't sound like your addiction is hurting anyone.

    I think we all have our little addictions. For many years, i loved buying beautiful stationery and still need to restrain myself from doing so today since it's so easy to keep up with people via phone or Internet. There's only 1 person now in my life who i still write to, mainly becus she doesn't use the Internet.

    So, knit away!

  2. lizajane Says:

    You could always start a chapter of KA (knitters anonymous) Smile

  3. Linda Says:

    Please don't feel too bad, what if your addiction were alcahol (which I can't even spell) or drugs.I fell off my yarn wagon today too,though not quite so much, I bought six balls of mohair to make shawls with, It was on sale and I couldn't resist it either, it was in such pretty colors. I don't want to touch it right now cause it is so hot here, but when winter sets in, I know just what I will make with it. I really don't believe it hurts to get what we can when we can, now if you had spent several hundred on it, I would say you are out of control or had just won the lottery,LOL. Think of the pleasure too, when people get the gifts you make, I just finished a poncho that my daughter asked for and am getting ready to send it to her. I got more pleasure out of making it for her than I got out of what I have made for myself. I can't wait to get a picture of her in it.

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