yarn supply-am I crazy?

Kelly - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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We recently had a slight flood in our basement, which is where my yarn closet is under the steps. A good bit of it is in plasic bins, but it has expanded and outgrown the bins and left in boxes and plastic bags. I am happy to say that I was able to save all but 4 balls of bernat boucle. I then went the next day to get more plastic bins. This is when I say that I should not buy anymore yarn until I use a good bit of what I have. There are about 11 good sized bins full, and well organized.

People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I have that much. Am I? Am I the only one with an obsession w/yarn? Is there anyone out there Iike me? I do use the stuff I have to make gifts and to sell. I just buy it because I can't pass up a really good deal (a bag of 10 of moda dea Dream for $5), or because it is just so pretty that I can already see it in a sweater for myself or for my kids (when does that ever happen that you get to make something for yourself?). I also buy too much sometimes because I'm not familiar w/the yarn and afraid of running out during a project. Better to have too much then to run out and not be able to find the same dye lot (been there, done that).

Am I crazy?

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Laura - posted on 11/27/2009

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Naw... but what might help is attaching the pattern you have planned for specific yarn. Also look for one skein projects to tackle some of the other leftovers. Ravelry is great for organizing your yarn like a database and keeping track of projects etc... you can even organize swaps if your interested. If you aren't already on there, you might want to check it out. Knit-a-square (a charity for keeping orphaned children in South Africa warm) have many fun challenges and are great for stash busting. You'll meet some great people in their online groups. You aren't crazy --- it also means you have a nice collection when times are tough, always something to do. It's like your an artist with lots of paint to choose from. A

Karen - posted on 10/20/2009

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You are like the rest of us fiberholics....I sew also so then I have the fabric stashed too....anyone that likes to knit or crochet is just like you!...non creative people just can't fathom it though so don't bother telling them...: )

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Rebecca - posted on 04/06/2012

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People always think I'm nuts when they see my stash. I'm envious that yours are well organized :)

Mother - posted on 03/28/2012

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WOW!!!!!! You're my hero!! I thought I had lots!! How do you hide it from your husband?? LOL

Dhea - posted on 03/04/2011

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I wish that have as much yarn as you do LOL. I just start to learn crochet and knit so I do not have that many yarns yet. I do not think that you are crazy though.

Beth - posted on 02/24/2011

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you are crazy, completely crazy, welcome to the club , youre in excellent company....

i lost a stash of mainly alpaca yarn and wool in a storage nightmare when we moved from louisiana, i had bunches of knitting needles in there too , and still find myself thinking oh i have this yarn or that yarn ,.... and i dont

so yeah i keep buying more when i can, unfortunately around here someone at the LYs has decided if yarn isnt $$$$ its not yarn...

Angela - posted on 01/24/2011

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I'm a yarn hoarder too. I think anyone who has a hobby will pick up great finds and deals when they come across them. Whenever any one of my friends or family travel, instead of a shot glass or a cigar, I ask for local (to the place they're visiting) yarn.

Every January I resolve to work from my stash. I usually make an afghan with many different colours and weights, but I find there are many patterns to use up your scraps or solitary skeins.

Rebecca - posted on 01/11/2011

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hey im new to this group, but i have been crocheting since middle school age.. your yarn stash sounds close to mine, i have several shipping boxes, 4 large totes, 1 double sided pop up laundry hamper thing, a medium craft boxes (open bottoms and had a little organizer cover, to hold your supplies..but that had to leave, not enough room) and also a 6 or 7 shelf cabinet (like ppl use in a garage or such). i do crochet a lot, so from time to time i still have to go and buy yarn, but for the most part when i get an order i have the colors i need. i buy yarn either off of ebay or GOOD sales!!

Kathy - posted on 04/04/2010

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No i don't think you are crazy just practical and a very good organizer & a good planner.
no it is no sin to having more wool, as you say usually you can run out and the stores don't have any more of what you may be looking for.. just in case is a v good idea..

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We all have a wonderful condition which has been named YAS (yarn acquisition syndrome). One of the most satisfying symptoms of this condition is that is puts us in touch with so many others who share our love for collecting yarn. Welcome.

Alicia - posted on 03/26/2010

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Your stash sounds great to me! I only have two tubs and one hamper basket full! And yes, my husband (who has an entire garage FULL of tools) thinks that I'm crazy. At least you buy enough for a sweater here and there. I am awful about buying just one or two balls "because it was so pretty", and then having no idea what to make with only two balls of yarn. Let's just say hats are my specialty at this point!

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I have a fairly ample stash myself. We live in a two bedroom townhouse (My husband, two kids, and I), so I periodically have to stash bust and limit my spending. I recently culled out the stuff that I no longer can see myself using and gave it to other crafters and donated some to charities that can use it. It's hard to resist a good sale, but when you don't have the space for it, it kinda helps curb the urge lol.

Kelly - posted on 03/03/2010

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It's good to know there are so many yarn-a-holics out there. I do try to use what I have befor buying more. And I do believe that some day I will have the time to use it all. lately there always seems like there is a birthday or baby shower that I have to bring a gift. And if I already have the supplies, it makes it much cheaper. Especially in this economy. It is difficult when I work fulltime w/2 young kids (4 and 17months) that want to "help." make that 3 w/my husband to pick up after. Some day I'd like to have a crochet club, too. Just to get together w/friends that crochet or want to learn. There are several people I work w/that would come.

Laura - posted on 02/18/2010

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No, one day you will find the time to use it. I am going through my stores from the 70's til as of late. I am a Mother and Grandmother and I am in the process of finishing my yarn stores and making leftover blankets with all the little bits. I have never had 11 bins but if i did, I would be using them all. I have gone through two large Christmas tree bins and several large garbage bag of yarn.... I am now thinking of what to purchase now that I have almost used up all my stores.

Jaimie - posted on 02/18/2010

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I have a buttload of yarn. A ton. Everywhere. I am trying not to buy anymore but my recent obsession with sock knitting is NOT helping that little goal for myself. I need to start actually USING my yarn. I can't just sit and pet it forever....LOL

Vickie - posted on 02/14/2010

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I'm the same way and have lots of yarn. I'm trying to use up what I have but I find myself going down that yarn aisle and before I know it there are 3 or 4 in my cart.

Sher - posted on 02/10/2010

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Ok i thought i had alot with two, now i dont feel so bad but when something amazing comes on sale you just have to add it to your stash:) Happy hooking!

Joan - posted on 02/03/2010

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No you are not crazy but you do get to a point that you have to stop and either sell the bundles of wool or start knitting for charity. I have friends who give me wool because I knit for charity and you are right you never knit for yourself

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I do not think you are strange..It seems normal to me.
I too have quite a stash but from your description --you win!!
I also look for yarn on eBay, estate sales and even Goodwill stores. I always check the reduced isle at craft stores. You never know what you might find.

Candice - posted on 01/19/2010

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Nope,I hoarde yarn. I stock up even when I'm not working on anything. Dollar tree carries yarn from time to time here and I go nuts,now I have a hella huge collection of Lion Brand fun fur.

Kathryn - posted on 01/17/2010

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No, not crazy! Just a fanatical "Yarn Collector"! People who have collections are in a whole different category. And on top of having a wonderful collection, yours has a purpose. It might be a good idea to go shopping in your "collection" first to get inspiration for future projects. It is one way of cutting back and than when you find one of those just can't pass it up, you won't feel so guilty knowing you will use it down the road. When I buy yarn for a specific project, I put the pattern with the yarn and it is ready to start crocheting or knitting, whichever is your passion!

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There's something crazy about having nine zillion containers of yarn?? Wow. Sounds perfectly normal to me. :-D

Eileen - posted on 01/13/2010

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If you have the money and the space - you are good.. I look at yarn and see all the possibilities... I can make a blanket or baby bib or whatever... Mostly I do dishcloths and afghans now but I have certainly made much more than that... fortunately for me all my extra yarn goes to my mom (who is 78) and she makes the slippers from the leftovers no matter how small of an amount is left over.. so when i'm done with a project the remaining yarn goes to her... :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have a large supply as well. I think it is a good idea to keep a steady amount on hand. When I start to get bored and want to work on something new, I have plenty of yarn to choose for my next project. You want to talk about crazy? At any given point, I usually have 2-3 knitting projects, 2-3 crochet projects, and at least 2 sewing projects going all at once. Now I am learning how to bead.

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Quoting Kelly:

yarn supply-am I crazy?

We recently had a slight flood in our basement, which is where my yarn closet is under the steps. A good bit of it is in plasic bins, but it has expanded and outgrown the bins and left in boxes and plastic bags. I am happy to say that I was able to save all but 4 balls of bernat boucle. I then went the next day to get more plastic bins. This is when I say that I should not buy anymore yarn until I use a good bit of what I have. There are about 11 good sized bins full, and well organized.
People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I have that much. Am I? Am I the only one with an obsession w/yarn? Is there anyone out there Iike me? I do use the stuff I have to make gifts and to sell. I just buy it because I can't pass up a really good deal (a bag of 10 of moda dea Dream for $5), or because it is just so pretty that I can already see it in a sweater for myself or for my kids (when does that ever happen that you get to make something for yourself?). I also buy too much sometimes because I'm not familiar w/the yarn and afraid of running out during a project. Better to have too much then to run out and not be able to find the same dye lot (been there, done that).
Am I crazy?



I am exactly the same, can't pass up a bargain in wool.  In South Africa there are very few wool shops left as the youngsters don't knit that much and I too have my wool stacked in huge plastic containers marked 4 ply, double knit etc.   the only problem I encounter is that when I want to make a sweater for my husband or myself I can never find enough yarn in the colour or ply that  pertains to the pattern, so I land up making for my Grandchildren or knitting or crocheting blankets of which we have too many already (can't win)





 

Rebecca - posted on 12/24/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

aaaaaahahahahaha, what is funny about men is that they think we have too much stuff, but when it comes to their toys and gadgets they can never have enough. They are sooooo full of it.



Right??!  My hubby is forever ripping on me for buying yarn, purses, shoes, etc., but if I added up all the money he has spent on videgames, game consoles, and computer parts over the years, he would have out-bought me by thousands of dollars easily.  With him, he figures just because his toys are smaller, he "doesn't have as much".  ::eyeroll::  (And I raise my hand and admit that I have probably 6 each of most of the F-J hooks - I do the same thing - misplace in the middle of a project, or else second guess myself in the store and go, "I don't think I have this size...it's the one called for in the pattern, I better get it just in case...")



As to the original post, yarn rocks, and you're not nuts for having it or picking up a good deal if you plan to put it to good use.  But it's sad for a beautiful yarn to be forever trapped in a box where no one can enjoy it, so be sure to make stuff with it so everyone can admire its beauty.  :D 



Another good stashbusting idea is to find a charity to knit or crochet for.  There are ones for baby blankets and hats for hospitals, scarves for battered women in shelters, chemo caps for cancer patients, etc.  It gives you a chance to use up your stash, makes you feel good, and lets someone truly appreciate the gorgeous yarns you find at a steal.  (I'm jealous, by the way.  LOL  My stash is bitty compared to most of you guys and I still get flak for it...  If you have any JoAnn Sensations Angel Hair yarn you're willing to part with, let me know.  LOL  I only got ONE skein from my store when they were dicontinuing it - which I didn't realize - and I am forever kicking myself now.  I ADORE it.)

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nope, not crazy, just keep it dry, dust free and you will always have something to start with....I quit knitting for many years but kept all my needles, and when I started again last year....there they all were, patiently waiting for me to pick them up and click away!
I have my yarn stashes and I "see" what they will end up being and know I'll always have beautiful yarns to keep me company.

User - posted on 12/16/2009

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I thought I was the only one who's husband thought they had entirely too much yarn! After reading these posts, I'm glad I fit in!

My local craft store regularly gets in Mill Ends of Lion Brand's Homespun. 3 skeins for

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2009

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aaaaaahahahahaha, what is funny about men is that they think we have too much stuff, but when it comes to their toys and gadgets they can never have enough. They are sooooo full of it.

Beth - posted on 12/09/2009

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I'm an amatuer compared to you - I only have two good sized rubber maid bins and DH thinks that is too much.

Kelly - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Kelly:


You are not the least bit crazy.  I have my own stash along with basketmaking supplies and cross-stitich stuff.  But worst yet would have to be my mother.  She has the ultimate "Mother load" of yarn.  It is in bags and bins upstairs, downstairs, in closets and in whatever nook and cranny she can find.  She also has tons of fabric, cross-stitch, needlepoint, paint and lord only knows what.  I could start my own craft store with all of her stuff.  Needless to say neither one of us have had much time to work on anything, but hoping soon to be able to put a dent in the basket supply department.


yarn supply-am I crazy?

We recently had a slight flood in our basement, which is where my yarn closet is under the steps. A good bit of it is in plasic bins, but it has expanded and outgrown the bins and left in boxes and plastic bags. I am happy to say that I was able to save all but 4 balls of bernat boucle. I then went the next day to get more plastic bins. This is when I say that I should not buy anymore yarn until I use a good bit of what I have. There are about 11 good sized bins full, and well organized.
People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I have that much. Am I? Am I the only one with an obsession w/yarn? Is there anyone out there Iike me? I do use the stuff I have to make gifts and to sell. I just buy it because I can't pass up a really good deal (a bag of 10 of moda dea Dream for $5), or because it is just so pretty that I can already see it in a sweater for myself or for my kids (when does that ever happen that you get to make something for yourself?). I also buy too much sometimes because I'm not familiar w/the yarn and afraid of running out during a project. Better to have too much then to run out and not be able to find the same dye lot (been there, done that).
Am I crazy?


 

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2009

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Quoting Andrea:

I loom knit and have a smallish stash going. I like to use all the left over yarn for a throw or blanket that I keep on the couch to curl up in on cold nights.


Cool to see someone else who loomknits! I love it, don't you? :)

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2009

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I don't have nearly as much as you do, but I don't think you're crazy. Especially if you use it. It's good to have a wide variety so you don't have to run to the local yarn shop or craft store to buy what you need. No, I don't think you're crazy. :D

Andrea - posted on 11/08/2009

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I loom knit and have a smallish stash going. I like to use all the left over yarn for a throw or blanket that I keep on the couch to curl up in on cold nights.

Tanya - posted on 10/18/2009

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My husband calls me a yarn freak! I'm forever finding deals and can't pass it up. I plan on using most of it for scarves and blankets. The blanket actually take up a nice bit of yarn. But our closet has yarn everywhere!!!

Susan - posted on 10/15/2009

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Too much yarn? there's no such thing. I have been crocheting for 35 yrs and knitting for most of that. I have a closetful of yarn. My hubby has given up, every time I see a yard sale with yarn, or a sale on yarn I can't resist. I have mostly different colors and make lots of afghans with squares to use up scrap yarn. Everyone knows they are getting something handmade for Christmas, hats, mittens, slippers, scarves, kitchen towels, or dishcloths, my hands are always busy. Working with the yarn relaxes me, so I don't need to go see my therapist. LOL

Erin - posted on 09/21/2009

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It's only a problem if you're waiting impatiently at Joann's for the yarn truck to come so that you can snatch it all up! lol



i think all of us doing these crafts have an obession with aspects of it. I'm not even going to into the number of crochet hook sizes F-j I own - just incase i misplace one when i'm in the middle of a project. 9althopugh it is unlikely for me to lose 10 at once!)

Stephanie - posted on 09/16/2009

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oh no. that's not too much. as long as you don't think it's too much. :) My stash is tiny, comparatively. I have 2 full bins, and need to get a third. But my knitting friends.... have tons. think a garage full. or an attic full. :)

Leslie - posted on 08/31/2009

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Too much yarn!!!!?????!!! You mean you can have too much..lol I believe that you can nver have too much. I guess that means i am crazy too

Kelly - posted on 07/13/2009

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Thank you for everyone telling me I'm not crazy. I have made a vowel not to buy yarn ...unless I need something specific. In fact I was recently at Pat Catans and did not buy one bit...I felt good. But then I bought beads instead. I crochet w/beads, too. It is nice to go to my closet and be able to find my next project w/o a problem, but sometimes it is good to do inventory once and a while because I forget what I do have. There are several projects in line for some of what I have ... Christmas gifts(all 5 of our nieces want hat, scarf and mittens), birthdays, a backpack for my son for preschool, and a little doll that holds hairthings that I can't wait to make for my friend's daughter. There are always things to make. Just not enough time to do them...many late nights.

Happy crocheting!

Jaimie - posted on 07/08/2009

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I have a ton of yarn. I have a hope chest, 3 drawer units, and 5 boxes of yarn that I need to find a 'home' for. So, no, you're not crazy, because then I'd have to be calling myself crazy! LOL

Stina - posted on 07/08/2009

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if I had the $$ I would have a larger stash... but then I've only begun knitting 'chronically' this year... I started for last years Christmas crochet projects and then taught myself to knit as my New Years resolution... and just haven't quit. So talk to me in another year perhaps and my stash will be occupying a closet or somthing... At the moment, I do have remnants of yarn from finished projects. I tend to only buy yarn if I am starting a project... not if I have a project I'd like to someday do. But at the same time, I have been known to pick up a bag of yarn at garage sales simply because it's a great price. Who doesn't want to have a stash to go to at a moments notice to be able to start a hat or socks or some dishcloths or a baby blanket or....

Tananda - posted on 07/08/2009

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No, you're not, but cutting back might be a good idea. make a bunch of small progects. I'm having a similair problem, but not quite on your scale. I decided to make hats for everyone this winter and make a "calico" blanket for my husband.

Eliza Jane - posted on 06/25/2009

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no you are not i am like that i buy loads use it all up then go out and buy loads more cause like you i sell the stuff that i knit and givea lot to family so no your not crazy

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