Save yourselves

It’s a dangerous world out there, my friends. The world of yarn stores is seductive. Sure, you might have the best intentions in the world, you might tell yourself that you’re just going along to keep a friend company on her last Toronto yarn crawl ever before she moves away…You might even get out of the first stop relatively unscathed, with just DPNs and a spare cable needle. (You keep losing your cable needles).

And then, you’ll get to the next stop, and your willpower will suffer a blow. All those weeks you’ve been resisting stash enhancement, despite the Boxing Day sales and the January inventory sales and all the other tricks those yarn shops will throw at you…You’ll get there and discover the Lexie Barnes bags are on a ridiculous colours-retirement sale, and you’ll cave.


(It’s great. It’s totally coming to DC with me in two weeks as a carry-on handbag.)

But that won’t be it, no no. You’ll get to the cash and discover the conveniently impulse-purchase-located Tanis sock yarn, and the colour that would be ever so perfect for that pair of gift socks you need to make…


Then you’ll travel just down the road a bit and, what ho? You’ll discover their Tanis worsted. And you’ll think, gee, one skein would make a super cute pair of mitts…but then it’ll need a hat to match…And, well…


That’ll be that. Keep alert, my friends…it’s a dangerous world out there for knitters.


  1. Heh. I will try to protect myself. It is dangerous indeed!

  2. ladyoctavia · ·

    Thanks for keeping me company!


  3. tinebeest · ·

    Heheh… Yes, sounds like it. I am still wondering how I managed to walk out of my LYS with only some Regia for socks I donated as a raffle prize (knit to fit the winner, after the draw). Possibly because I go through my mini-stash every day to remind me we don’t have space until I knit a bit. Take care!

  4. Wait? You’re coming to DC in two weeks? I LIVE IN DC. We should meet up. Like, whoa.

  5. I may quite possibly resemble your remarks, after the Great Casbah accidents, parts I and II of January 2009. (It was RED Casbah…can’t leave RED Casbah all alone in the wild, can I? …ok maybe it wasn’t all red….crap.)

  6. Like you need more sock yarn ๐Ÿ˜€

    Gorgeous bag too.

  7. The Lexie Barnes bag is beautiful. I have one in the same shape and I’ve really enjoyed it.

  8. Gasp. LB bags on sale. You are a vile temptress, and I’m going shopping…

  9. I second Elspeth’s comment — a meet up might be in order!

  10. I hear you!!
    I went yarn shopping with a friend the other day and it was like I was ready to cut my own fingers off to stop myself from buying yarn.

    You just have to stay away!!

  11. Tell me about it – how much damage do think I was able to do in 2 1/2 hours in Romni last week?

  12. I’m so proud of myself; I paid a visit to Joanne’s yesterday and walked out WITHOUT ANY YARN.

    None. No yarn.

    (Although there might have been buttons. A lot of buttons.)

  13. I LOVE Tanis yarns. I was in Halifax a few months ago and snagged several skeins. Wish I’d bought more. You got some really nice stuff. Enjoy guilt-free.

  14. This sounds so much like me! I always go in to just get a set of needles or yarn for a single project and I crumble. It’s bad, I do it online too!

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