Friday, April 29, 2016

Just One More Skein, I Promise - A To Z Challenge - The Letter Y

Blogging from A to Z Challenge
April 2016
This month I will be participating in the “Blogging from A-Z Challenge” 
What is it?
Blogging every day.  It begins on April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until I finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.   The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

Photo Credit CoolChaser Graphics

I am an avid knitter. I also crochet.  Most avid knitters and crocheters I know are yarnaholics.   We call our accumulation of yarn our stash.  Actually, a knitter's stash can also include knitting needles, project bags, markers, stitch holders, binders filled with hundreds of patterns, and anything else having to do with our craft.
But mainly our stash is yarn.
I have a four tier shelf in my walk-in closet which holds eight plastic bins, two on each shelf.  These bins are filled with yarn.  Not all of my yarn fits in those bins, though.  Some of it is still in shopping bags from whatever store I purchased the yarn.  Those bags are on the floor in front of the shelf.
Next to my chair in the corner of our living room, known as my nook, I have two baskets filled with the yarn of my current project(s).
If I had to explain my addiction, I would say that it is a pleasurable sensorial experience which in turn engages my creative imagination.
Trippin' on yarn?  Perhaps.
When I walk into a yarn shop, I'll stop for just a second at the front of the store and sweep the room with my eyes, perceiving the vibrant colors and soft hues of yarn filled shelves as one large painting.
As I make my way down each aisle,  I will choose an inviting skein to touch and squeeze and brush my cheek with.
I think of who might like a "Really Red" hat or a "Periwinkle" shawl.
On the way home, with my newest acquisitions safely tucked inside the cute pink shopping bag from "Woolbearers", my local yarn shop or LYS,  I solemnly promise not to buy another skein until I get my stash under control.
Yep, that's the talk of an addict for sure.
Oh, and don't even get me started on WEBS,  which is not only my favorite brick and mortar yarn shop (a four-hour car trip that I'll take once a year) but it is also my favorite place to online shop.  Curses to them for currently having their 42-anniversary sale. 

Okay, you wanna see, don't you?
I really have to re-organize 

But, I dare to believe that I have knitted and crocheted my way into perpetuity.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?


  1. Loved the picture of your family wearing your creations :)

    I don't have a guilty pleasure unless it is the keyboard :)


    1. Thanks! I share the keyboard pleasure with you!

  2. Nice! It brought a smile to my face. Yes, I do have a guilty pleasure and that is buying books. I keep on saying I'm not going to buy another book until I read some of those I've already bought but that never happens. I keep buying.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Yay, I'm glad this left you with a smile. I like books too, but now with my downloadables, I've gotten away from purchasing "real" books.

  3. Just walking through the yarn aisles at Michaels or JoAnn's and I can see how this could become an addiction. So many colors and styles. And some are so soft. That's quite a legacy you've got. The dog's outfit is especially awesome.

    1. Yes, that's the attraction, colors and feel of the yarn. Rico was a patient model. :)

  4. I am an avid knitter and have written a few books on knitting. My stash is totally out of control but I love it. I also love Webs!!! It's about 3 hours from me but worth the drive.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends

    1. Yes, I knew a knitter would relate to this post. I'll have to check out your knitting books. Isn't Webs the best?!

  5. I used to crochet, but gave it up when my kids were little. I still suffer a little yarn yearning at times thinking I am going to get back into it though I know I cannot possibly take on one more hobby or distraction with work and school and writing--which is my main leisure time addiction at this time. Something to look forward to when things calm down I guess.

    1. When I worked, kids, and such, I didn't have much time for extras either. It's nice to be able to do it now.

  6. My stash consists of patterns. Which is easier now that I can store many of them online. And even though I only buy yarn for whatever project I'm planning, my stash is still bigger that I really need. (Of course, some of that is yarn I inherited from the great-grandmother who taught me to knit.)

    1. Oh, that's nice that your great-grandmother taught you to knit. I taught my granddaughter to knit. She caught on quickly but doesn't have to patience required.