Showing Great Restraint

9:19:00 PM

Hi, my name is Mel... and I'm a yarnaholic.

All joking aside, I'm afraid it's true. I can't stop thinking about it and all of the fabulous projects I can make with it. I love the way it feels slipping through my fingers (especially squishy wool blends) and love seeing vibrant colorways intensify even further as they knit up.

I've always been this way too. I can actually pinpoint where it all began. My grandmother who was an incredibly talented knitter (my mom certainly is too by the way) showed me a small ball of pale pink angora yarn one day. I think I was about 8 years old or so. She was showing me her stash of yarn and knitting needles and explained that it was made from rabbit hair and that she had brought it over from Argentina where she's from. I was so intrigued by the softness, fuzziness and how thin and delicate it was. I just wanted to see more and more of it.

Shortly afterwards I accompanied her to a yarn and fabric shop in Queens, NY (where I'm originally from) and she told me to pick out whichever yarn and fabric I wanted. I chose a neon pink shade of acrylic. It was pretty soft too and oh so bright! The fabric I chose was a light blue satiny type with a floral motif. I remember making clothes for my Strawberry Shortcake dolls with the fabric and crocheted a small scarf with the pink yarn for them too. I guess the rest is history and now I can't get enough of the stuff. Heh.

I've been showing great restraint lately though and am really trying to see what I can design and make from the small balls of yarn left in my stash before buying anything new. Sometimes you just want a quick and satisfying project anyways. Not everything has to be a big production. So, in between some pretty epic designs I'm also going to write patterns for some quick and cute accessories that are real stashbusters.

Still, I'd be lying if I said that I couldn't wait for the day when I treat myself to some new yarn again. I already have a few choices in mind for my next shopping excursion... Cephalopod yarns, I have my eye on you in particular. ;)

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