Let’s dish a bit about yarn diets, shall we? I’m currently trying to be on one. I was having success until today. I read some blogs where people say they are on a yarn diet, and others where people think they should go on a yarn diet, and some where people say they don’t believe in yarn diets. I think this topic would make a good quiz item. Here’s a sample question:
What is your attitude toward yarn diets?
--Yarn diets aren’t good for you. You should aim for a well-rounded stash.
--I don’t need to be on a yarn diet. I budget for my yarn, and I stick to my budget. I never overbuy. I have just the right amount for my needs. By the way, I have no friends.
--I never count grams or yards. If I like it, I buy it.
--It’s important to always have something green, and something yellow or orange on your needles. That will keep you yarn healthy.
--I’d love to buy alpaca, but it makes my skin break out.
--I can’t buy just one skein. I start with one, and then I go crazy.
--Yarn diet? Why would anyone want to do that?
--I have 572 projects in progress. Therefore, I have no stash. So I always need to buy more yarn.
--IT’S CHEAPER THAN THERAPY!! (My personal favorite)
For those of us who do feel we need to cut back on our BMI (Buying Merchandise Index) I’m proposing a variety of yarn diets, to match our different personality and lifestyle needs.
Yarn Watchers. Great Adirondack is 25 points a skein. Noro is 7 points. Lion Brand is 3 points. Red Heart is 1 point. You are allowed 25 points a month. Do the math. We meet once a week. Keep a log of your points spent. If you’ve been good, you get a pink stitch marker. When you collect 5 pink markers, you get a blue one too.
Yarn Busters plan. As long as you stay away from the high fuzz stuff you can buy anything you want in moderation.
The 8 Minutes in the Morning routine. You only stay in a yarn shop for 8 minutes. It really revs up your energy, and how much damage can you do in 8 minutes?
In extreme cases, consider finger bypass surgery.Your fingers are sewn together up to your first knuckle. You can still knit, but not for very long at a time. As your ability to knit shrinks, your need for more stash will shrink too.
The South Beach, North Fork, East Valley, West Mountain diet. This works no matter where you are on the compass points. In Stage One, eliminate all yarn containing wool or silk. Cotton is okay as long as it is solid color, with no visible sheen. Stay away from all variegated skeins, and absolutely nothing hand-dyed. Texture is a bad idea too. Above all, do not buy gorgeous colors. You can have all the beige yarn you want. In Stage Two, nothing changes. There is no Stage Two. If you’re really serious about saving money, you have to commit to Stage One forever.
Diets always have rules, of course, and where there are rules there are exceptions. I haven’t bought yarn since December started. Except for…..
Here are my allowable exceptions:
1. Yarn for gift projects is perfectly acceptable.
2. Yarn for a class I’m taking is quite okay.
3. When there is a truly super sale on a yarn I know without question that I need for a future project, and the future means in the next couple of months, that is okay.
4. When I’m traveling out of state, at a yarn shop with the most amazing inventory, the likes of which I just never see at my local shops, and it’s a yarn that I know I’ll regret not having in my stash, and I can already visualize it being used in 7 different possible projects, and it will give me great pleasure to look at even if I don’t get around to using it soon, it’s okay to buy it. Besides, then it comes out of my travel souvenir budget instead of my yarn budget so it doesn’t even count.
5. And here’s the new rule I just added to cover today’s purchase. When there’s a project I know I’m going to do relatively soon (within 5 months or so), and it requires a variety of different yarns in various textures and shade variations, and when I walk into a yarn shop to buy just a magazine, but they don’t have the magazine, and some yarn for this eventual project catches my eye and I know unquestionably that it will be perfect for this eventual project, and the total cost is really no more than a nice dinner out, then it’s not okay to buy it, but it’s not the end of the world either, so if I succumb I won’t lose any sleep over it, so what the heck, I bought it, so sue me!
Anyone have exceptions I haven’t thought of yet?
And here’s the yarn that tempted me beyond my endurance today. I’m planning another colorjoy stolestole in black and white and silver shades.(aka LynnH's Frou-Frou stole) I want this one to be glitzy and sparkly. I have a couple skeins already in stash (picture on the left) and the new stuff is on the right. Berroco’s Quest and Opulent FX. This one isn’t for me, but I may have to make two of them, because what I’m visualizing is not going to be easy to give up.