Rules? What rules? There are rules when it comes to buying yarn? Hey, and since when does Megan follow rules?
Yes, friends, there are now rules. Tragic, yes, but unfortunately necessary. The goal here, is purposeful spending. I know that it seems scary, and that there is a bit of heresy involved when it comes to not populating the stash, however, the rules allow for expansion and so I think I can live with it!
1. Yarn purchases can be made when there is a purpose for it and you are ready to use it immediately. Gifts fall into this category. Yarn, say for a sweater, also falls into this category, HOWEVAH, you must be ready to knit the sweater right then and there.
3. You may not purchase fiber/yarn just because it’s pretty. (This is the hard part). No matter how soft, how smooshy, how yummy or how silky, you just can’t do it. The only exception is if you are following rule #1.
6. If you valiantly support a friend on Etsy, you may continue to do so, within reason – say, when they do an update. We must support those who support our addiction!
Can you see the rationalization behind this? For me to go on a complete fast would be asking too much. It would mean that when I fell off of the wagon that I would buy half of Etsy and have to feed Mini-Me ramen and ham sandwiches for a month, and I would feel incredibly guilty. So, rather than try to fast and fail, I’m going for purposeful buying!
- The Yarn/Fiber Clubs replenish/build stash. (necessary to a knitter, no?)
- The fact that you can buy yarn helps you resist the urge to spend a whole pay check on yarn.
- Buying specifically for a project that you are absolutely ready to cast on for reduces the risk that the $80 bag of yarn will not languish in the back of the yarn bin.
Feel free to participate in the Fiber Buying Rules. If you need support, please drop myself or Akamai Knitter a note – we will help you, or you can just remind us that we are crazy for doing this!
Speaking of purposeful buying…
Mama’s got a brand new bag!!! (Or two – maybe three if you count the one I didn’t photograph!)