It must just be a character flaw that is very strong and requires more will power than I seem to have!
When I was younger, I had a shoe obsession. Without exaggerating, I probably had 100 plus pairs of shoes – colored high heel shoes. A neighbor was manager at a cute little shoe boutique in downtown Lake Charles and that didn’t help. Give me an old beat up pair of tennis shoes or some comfortable flip flops and that’s all I need these days. I took a pair of boots to Missouri (along with one slipper . . however that happened), and a pair of old tennis shoes. I wore the boots once, and kept the old tennis shoes on. There was a time when I would have had at least two different pairs of shoes were day with me . . I lost that shoe obsession and am so glad I did.
At one point, I was the same way with fabric. I would buy anything and everything . . there was a time when I even bought prints — flowers and geometrics! The quilt shop near me is going out of business and has been having a sale. I haven’t even gone . . don’t need any fabric and don’t have any interest in buying it. Yep, the fabric obsession has dwindled. If I went to the quilt shop with the sale, I would probably buy mega amounts of fabric but I haven’t had the desire to go.
Yarn . . that’s my current obsession. If you’re a knitter . . are you obsessed with buying it? Why do I do this? I have more than I will ever use, I will never “need” yarn unless I live to be close to 200 years old. This morning as I was waking up and thinking . . I convinced myself that my obsession is really with just getting hard to find yarns but I know that’s not even 100% true.
This past Saturday morning, Into the Whirled was having a “yarn release” at 9:00 a.m. my time. I planned to be online at 9 a.m. and try to get more of the sock yarn I love but then talked myself out of that.
Today at 11:00 a.m., Shalimar was going to have some of their DK yarn online. It’s hard to find and I need some for a couple of projects. I mostly have just sock yarn so any pattern I want that requires DK or worsted or anything other than fingering weight . . I do “need” the yarn. See . . I just convinced YOU that I “need” yarn!
In order to get in on the Shalimar yarn release, I was having to plan what time I left the hotel so I could be near at McDonald’s at 11:00 a.m. so I could go in and use their wifi. No! My priority for today was getting home . . not buying yarn. Besides, if I buy from The Loopy Ewe, I get points. Those customer appreciation plans work, don’t they!
I have hope that soon, the yarn obsession will be a past thing but it scares me to think what my next obsession will be.
Do you have or have you ever had an obsession like this? I really don’t consider it a bad thing. I’m not using grocery money to buy yarn. Vince plays like he’s giving me a hard time about the yarn coming in but he really doesn’t mind. It’s a little game we play with each other. Really . . seriously . . (I’m convincing myself here) . . it is crazy to buy more than I can use in a lifetime because I know what will happen to it all when I’m gone.
Just when I think I’m going to be strong and order no more yarn, I earned another $25 gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe and if you don’t spend at least $75, you have to pay shipping! What’s a girl to do?