Sharon, I think that's a great idea. I'm so tempted to yarn-diet right along with you.


I hear ya! When I turned 45 it seemed like every morning I woke up with another pound added on. I've never been overweight, did do W.W. a few years ago to get back to my wedding day weight, but once 45 got here! Well, I need to do it again but just can't find the willpower. I'll be rooting for you and cheering you on! Good luck.
Sheri in GA


You go girl!!! I am fighting the 20 I gained last year when my dad was ill and passed. It is so frustrating. I can still wear my jeans but they are not as comfy. Let me know what works for you! L


Wonderful diet. Where do I sign up? Wishing you the best of luck - and speedy weight loss!


Good luck on the diet! I'll be knitting in your cheering section!


I'm sure we'll see lots of new stash acquired! Good luck... and I'd join you if I had a nice place to spend my husband's money on yarn!!


You're very brave to go public! It's really a good idea and we'll all be rooting for you.


I can relate to your weight woes. Good luck on both diets.


we're rooting for you Sharon!!


We're pulling for you, Sharon!

Janice in GA

Good luck with the diet! I'm still in the red in my exercising for yarn $$ program, but I'm making progress. And I've started to see results in terms of having more energy, etc., even though I haven't really lost any weight yet. I should be gaining some muscle though, and that's all good!


So by now you must be ready to go shopping! That was good incentive!!


Good luck with your mission! I know you can do it!


good idea tying weight to stash. will look forward to seeing some purchases and knowing what it means. :)


Hey, Sharon -- I could have written your post, with a few variations based on my situation. I've finally decided that I need to stop complaining about my size and will do something about it. Want a stash/diet buddy?


I thought for sure you were going to say that you're putting down the needles a few nights a week to dance the nights away rather than knit!

I'll be watching for new stash pics -- I hope it'll be soon. (In other words, I'm rootin' for you!)


Here's a great exercise program to go along w/ the weight loss plan: It will help to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It is very easy and you only need to do it 3 days a week.

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5 pound potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and relax.

Each day, you will find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to a 10 pound sack and then a 50 pound sack.

Eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100 pound potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.



Honey, I KNOW what you're going through. I've just started weight watchers for a second time and have lost 14lbs so far. You have a cheerleader here in NC.


We'll all be pulling for you, Sharon! The yarn diet sounds like a good - albeit stringent :( - idea!


Best of luck to you. I'm fighting the 10 I put on since starting my desk job, and I'm determined to lose it (and another 5) by beach week at the end of August. It sounds like you've got a great game plan, though. Maybe you could write the next fad diet book "Yarn Diet: A Weight-loss Plan for Knitters." :)


It sounds like you're doing it for the best of reasons (health and well-being) rather than vanity or guilt (a little vanity is okay!). I myself am a lifetime member of WW who put my 19 pounds back on during a particularly stressful period. I wouldn't mind taking some of it back off, but I'm reminded of something that Margaret Cho said: "It's a full-time job for me to be 10 pounds thinner." When I was in Weight Watchers, it felt like a full-time job (and I fear that my single-minded focus may have made me a less-than-sparkling conversationalist). Now I just try to be patient and focus on health and exercise instead of a number (I recommend Pilates if you have not tried it). Good luck - I know the yarn will be worth the effort!


Sharon, good luck to you! I've been re-evaluating my life and health and have to say I never thought I'd feel this tired and achy at my age. Nor did I ever imagine I'd be this heavy. After turning 50 my body has felt like it was inhabited by aliens. I didn't recognize me anymore.
Not only am I rooting for ya. I'm jumping on the wagon with you. This just may be a new Pledge for ample knitters!
Thanks for the idea.


I think you've started a Yarn Diet-a-long! I'm with you-but my exceptions will be my trips to Asheville when I can go to a real yarn shop- absolutely no internet shpping allowed. My hubby will love me. :) I've started walking with my daughter after dinner and Pilates. I wish us all less than we have.


Sharon, that is a diet plan I think I need to follow. I have a minimum of 40 pounds to deal with. My biggest motivator? Having to knit the largest size pattern! All those extra stitches and skeins to purchase!


Hey there I'm a fellow midwest knitter and RAOKer. I've had a lot of fun reading your blog today. I love your sense of humor. I think your yarn diet idea is really great. Good luck to you! I hope all goes well.


This is a great idea! Good luck with your stash building! I think I may have to adopt this yarn diet for myself.


Good luck! I personally could never do this, I CANNOT seem to resist the yarn. This should be great motivation, though.


i love your new pledge. i will be with you in spirit. i fighting my own weight battles. argh! stay strong.


Excellent use of concrete motivator to tie into the abstract goal of weight loss. Good luck! It is a worthy battle, one worth it in spades. If you are interested, I can point you to some encouraging research that talks about staying fit and having less disability as you get older.


You are an inspiration -- so much so that I'm right on board with you! Not only do I need to loose a few pounds in order to feel better, but I need to use a few skeins, too.


You go, girl! We have all been there, and we all struggle with it, and I hope you have found a trick that will keep you motivated. We're pulling for you!


What an awesome idea!!! Although, I have 100 lbs to lose!! I am not sure dh would be to happy about me spending $1000 on yarn this year- I may have to modify the amount I get to spend :-) I am in! The more I lose the more yarn I get- I truly like that idea! Good luck!

Andrea Collier

Another writer who is also a knitter saw the mention of my book on your page. Thank you Sharon. Now you have to give me lessons on blogging.



I'm in for a $1.00 per pound over the next 3 months (and one week) So, until September 1, no yarn purchased, after September 1, yarn purchased in amount of weight lost.


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