I face this awesome sight with mixed emotions.
On the one hand, I’m excited to have a place, my new craft room, to put two tall bookcases just for yarn. On the other, I’m rather alarmed to know that I have collected this much natural fiber yarn in the few years that I’ve knit! Has it only been
five six years?
Most of it is wool or of blends that contain a high percentage of wool, but there’s also beautiful cashmere and alpaca. This shelf is mostly cotton/wool, linen or silk.
Well… at least I know I didn’t pay top dollar for any of it! I estimate that about seventy-five percent came from sweaters I got at tag sales or thrift stores, where I pay, on average, two dollars per sweater. Many of the banded balls and skeins came from those same sources, purchased at a small fraction of their retail value. Almost all the rest came from the going-out-of-business sale of a local yarn shop. I went twice, first for the fifty percent discount and then later for the seventy-five percent. I remember digging in the bin of one dollar yarns! Oh, my, that was fun!! A small amount came from big box craft stores, where I either found clearance bargains or shopped with forty and fifty percent off coupons. The littlest pile would be yarns that came from special events like Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool, Stitches East and Webs, where you can always find terrific bargains.
I am further alarmed, because I know I have even more yarn. There’s my sock yarn, which is newly crammed into this pie safe.
There are still a few remaining Rubbermaid bins of yarn too. I can empty at least one into the pie safe, probably the charity wool, but that will still leave the bins of cotton, some of which you’ve already seen, charity acrylic/wool, multicolored yarns, novelties and sweaters, some of which I’ll unravel, but most of which I hope to re-purpose.
This post’s message is (pick one): A – I need a bigger house. B – I must stay far away from any remotely possible source of yarn or C – I need to knit, crochet, sew and weave… like the wind!
P.S. For those of you who don’t read the comments, I want to share option D, left in a comment, ” I am perfectly normal in a yarny sort of way.” ROFL. Its beginning to feel more and more comfortable with practice! “I am perfectly normal in a yarny sort of way.” “I am perfectly normal…
Perhaps “Hi, my name is Linda, I have too much yarn”, can change to “Hi, my name is Linda, I have a wonderful assortment of beautiful yarn!!”