Wool/yarn addiction

(82 Posts)
Purlywhites Sat 27-Apr-13 20:48:12

I haven't been knitting long but I LOVe knitting flowers and crafty bits.
I can't stop buying wool (£1-2 here and there) I spend around £20-30 per month.
My new found hobby is taking over!
Is anyone else a compulsive wool purchaser? No one warned me buying wool would become an obsession!

elfycat Sat 27-Apr-13 20:54:31

I used to hide my stashes around the house. Then DH and I went on a huge decluttering and sorting project and he saw how much I had in one place - oops!

I promised to finish 3 projects with stash wool before buying just one new projects worth I have broken this several times including today

He knows

Hello - my name is SDTG and I am a yarnaholic.

I have two of those little sets of wicker drawers, 4 drawers each, all full, plus a hatbox full, plus 10 x 100g balls in a bag on top of the fridge, and I have won a yarn stash from a knitting magazine - 66 balls of yarn - no idea where they are going to go.

And yet I am still eying up yarn online and in stores, and I've entered a competition to win 17 x 100g balls of yarn (fingers crossed that I win those too).

You are not alone! I am shocking for this. I have been knitting for about 8 years & have accumulated a fair collection of it, probably a few hundred quid. It's like buying sweets without the calories isn't it. If you really can't help it, I have 2 strategies to help me cope: 1) only buy really lovely wool, ie buy more expensive, but smaller amounts, & 2) make something with it! At least then you will have some gorgeous clothes, scarves, blankets etc. I gave up buying the cheaper stuff as I couldn't keep up with the stash behind the sofa.

Dh, bless his innocent little heart, thinks I should use up all the yarn I have before I buy more. confused

Oh - and I bought 6 x 100g balls of bright coloured yarn, because I want to crochet a granny square scarf like Ann wore on episode 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee. And I have fabric to make three skirts and at least two cushion covers. One lot of fabric moved house with us up to Scotland and not only have I not made the skirt, but I am not entirely sure where the fabric is. blush

HoggyTruffle Sat 27-Apr-13 21:49:14

Oh yes OP, you are doomed. Your spending should drop off when your house is full though.

Use up the yarn you have SDT, what is your DH thinking! I have a couple of large boxes on top of a wardrobe, many bags stuffed at the side of the wardrobe in DS's bedroom and a bag or two behind the sofa. I won't even mention the various other crafty items secreted about the house.

Today I sacrificed some cheap yarn for the DC to build a complex cable car system in the living room. This was after explaining why they couldn't use the pure merino wool for their project. smile

saycheeeeeese Sat 27-Apr-13 21:51:27

Me!! Does anyone know anywhere online that does good deals in wool? Cheapest Ican get DK is £1.30 a roll but I fancy some cotton and it's eye wateringly dear!!!

Try these, they do a variety of things. Some apparently comes from their own mill so it's a bit cheaper than branded yarns.


qazxc Sun 28-Apr-13 10:54:53

I am an absolute yarn addict. I would happily spend days googling yarn,looking up yarn on ravelry, skulking round the local craft shop....

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sun 28-Apr-13 11:32:04

saycheeeeeese, I don't know if this is any use but deramores have an offer on cotton this weekend: 'Morning all! Don't miss out on a fab 15% off ALL cotton yarn this weekend! Just enter coupon code COTTON at the shopping basket page! Enjoy!'

SDTG shock I hope you have re educated in the art of hoarding wool grin

I have rather a lot of wool hanging around blush dh got me a voucher for the local wool shop, I'm trying really hard not to spend it yet until I have a project in mind <needs will power>

ParkerTheThief Sun 28-Apr-13 12:19:44

Me too. I love to go and look at it in my study, all those lovely colours and textures waiting to be turned into something beautiful.
DH recently commented that he was glad that as a household we were well prepared for any imminent world yarn shortage.

Purlywhites Sun 28-Apr-13 13:01:23

That's a relief!

I buy bamboo, silk, cotton balls directly from china on eBay, beautiful stuff and I often win the bid for 99p- £1.04 for a 50g ball.
It takes weeks to get here but is a lovely surprise when you've forgotten about it.
I've made some lovely flowers with it,
I love Sirdar Calico, a dream to knit with but limited choice of colours.
I'm knitting a colourful blanket for a friend so I have an excuse to buy little bits here and there.

I had a look through a chest of stuff I had forgotten about today - I was looking for a red velvet dress I want to take apart and make a skirt with. Not only did I find the dress and a skirt length of needlecord I thought I had lost, but I also found a dress length of red corduroy I had totally forgotten I'd got, and 7 balls of Debbie Bliss yarn I'd also forgotten!

Happy days!!

I don't know what you are all talking about.

I certainly haven't got three vacuum bags of wool under the bed. Plus many carrier bags of it in the wardrobe.
And about 10 hanks of Wollmeise that DH must never see the receipts for
And Hobbycraft bags full of bargains in the dresser where the cookware lives.


ouryve Sun 28-Apr-13 14:27:00

I'd best not introduce you to Kemps, then wink

And it's a good thing you weren't at Wonderwool Wales. I've been a good girl all year (not been able to knit much, which makes it easier) but I'm saving myself for Woolfest, at the end of June grin

Your secret is safe with us!

I once got talking to an american lady whilst we were browsing the yarn in the oxfam shop (now there's a lady after my own heart - visiting a country on the other side of the world, and sightseeing in yarn shops), and she told me that she and her friends (all yarnaholics) have a pact that if one of them dies suddenly, the others will go in and rescue clear out their yarn stash before their dh finds out how much they actually had!

I'm with Ouryve - don't go near anywhere with high end yarns.

I am too far from Woolfest (phew) but around here we have Unravel in February. There isn't a ball of Patons or Stylecraft in the whole place, just mounds of expensive stuff.

That said I only bought one £12 skein of fine mohair/silk mix this year but that was only because I still haven't used all the stuff I bought last year or the year before. It is all very lovely to get out and stroke from time to time.

I won't mention all the other not so expensive yarn I have secreted about the place or the many part finished projects.blush

I know Kemps already I'm afraid.

It shouldn't be allowed

Me and my fellow knitting friend have decided we have 2 hobbies - hobby a is buying yarn, hobby b is knitting. One enables the other, obvs.

Actually, some bastard from here told me about Kemps. I think it was Soupy.

I blame you. All of you.

and today is Sunday so check out the Posh Yarn update, it is usually around 7pm but I can't look because I bought some last week. Wollmeise updates on Fridays and the COLOURS, OMG the COLOURS

tribpot Sun 28-Apr-13 14:43:46

Just remember, we may have to admit to the number of units of alcohol we drink but nothing can compel us to reveal the size of the stash.

Purlywhites Sun 28-Apr-13 14:48:53

Stop it! I am drooling!

It's frustrating knowing there are so many kinds of wool waiting for me to buy, but I'm pretty skint. It depresses me. I want to be rich so I can dedicate a whole room to storing wool.

Is it sad that I actually fantasise about that daily?

Not at all - I do too!

Madratlady Sun 28-Apr-13 15:22:13

I'm a frustrated yarnoholic - we have no disposable income for yarn right now so I have to avoid a anywhere that sells it! I do have 3 projects to finish before I run out entirely though. <logs onto ebay>

Ebay? Aileens Wool Shop on Ebay is brilliant.

See, I can't stop it.

kiwigirl42 Sun 28-Apr-13 15:27:30

I've got stash beyond life expectancy. I spin as well and have a massive, wooden chest full of spinning fibre. I belong to a fibre club (get sent a 4oz bump of hand dyed fibre each month) ... and I may have just signed up to another one (well, was on waiting list for 2 years!! so seemed rude to refuse)

its an illness, I tell ya ... thats my excuse, anyhows

SABLE - stash acquired beyond life expectancy

Yes, I'm there too. I just need to live for another 100 years then it will all be fine.

I have a biiig carrier bag full of fleece in the cupboard - I go to a felt making group once a month, and that is yet another opportunity to buy supplies!

SoupDragon Sun 28-Apr-13 16:00:14

As MoaningMinge said, I have no idea what you are all talking about.

ouryve Sun 28-Apr-13 16:02:05

I have a lot of naice sock yarn. Most of it far too nice for feet.

SoupDragon Sun 28-Apr-13 16:02:29

I so did not tell you about Kemps, WhingingMinge. Never bought from there in my life, oh no no no....

and even if I did, it's only because I learnt about it on MN.

Purlywhites Sun 28-Apr-13 16:32:25

Just placed bids on 3 balls of bamboo . If I win them for 64p I won't feel guilty.
I hope to knit bunches of flowers for grandmothers so it will all get used.
The colours are so lovely and the yarn is quite fine.

Why can't I control it?

saycheeeeeese Sun 28-Apr-13 16:47:17

Thanks everyone I will feed my obsession have a look later grin

ParkerTheThief Sun 28-Apr-13 17:01:58

ouryve what is this Wonderwool Wales that you speak of? Tell me more?

MoaningMingeWhingesAgain which one did you buy from Posh Yarns? There were a couple that caught my eye last week and I forgot to look on Sunday and then they were gone.

Takver Sun 28-Apr-13 17:24:07

Wonderwool is today, Parker, a bus full of my friends went to it. They couldn't understand why I didn't want to drive an hour to meet up with the bus (leaving 7.30am), travel all the way to Builth Wells, then wander round a freezing cold showground all day. (Went there for the smallholder show, never again!).

ParkerTheThief Sun 28-Apr-13 17:29:53

I've just looked it up, DH very helpfully said 'Oh I read about that a while back - if you'd said you were interested we could have gone'

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 28-Apr-13 17:58:33

Oh god, our house is bulging under the weight of my yarn stash tooblush

My purchasing speed far exceeds my crocheting speed, it's an addiction.

I think I need to add it to my Will, pass it on to someone who will appreciate it. I'm not sure my dses really get it. I'll have to hope I acquire a similarly minded daughter or son in lawgrin

ouryve Sun 28-Apr-13 19:08:03

It was this weekend, but it's an annual event, like woolfest

Shinigami Sun 28-Apr-13 19:44:21

I'm an absolute fucker for hoarding wool! My DM comes round occasionaly and steals confiscates it. She says it stops my house getting to cluttered grin, she's helpful like that.

I've got a a thing for self patterning wool so if I see that a must have it.

Woolfey Sun 28-Apr-13 19:57:15

I'm afraid I have to admit to being one too smile (And if anyone watches Sarah and Duck I dream about having a wool room like the one in scarf lady's house!)

HoggyTruffle Sun 28-Apr-13 20:07:25

You bad, bad people, putting ideas in my head. <goes off to buy vacuum bags and look up fibre clubs>

I have had a few from Posh Yarn. Pamela sock, with sparkles, Catherine heavy lace (3ply) and Diana Heavy Lace 3 ply.

And Bonnie DK. And another DK I forgot the name of.

Hardly any really <cough>

ParkerTheThief Sun 28-Apr-13 20:30:32

grin Just a few bits hardly worth mentioning then.

I had my eye on a lace yarn called Dragonfly last week but I forgot to go back when the shop was live

A lovely lady has just opened up a yarn shop in my town. She stocks the entire rainbow of Stylecraft and lots and lots of other lovely yarns, plus she has a huge squashy sofa where customers can sit and browse in comfort.

I would be doing both the local economy and her entrepreneurial spirit a disservice by not shopping there at least once a week wouldn't I?

My mum gets me to buy for her too, now as she isn't very mobile and can't get to her not-so-local yarn shop now. I have to post it, so I keep the Royal Mail going too.


LackaDAISYcal Sun 28-Apr-13 21:04:18

My guilty secret is lovely lovely hand dyed yarn from Wharfedale Woolworks

I have loads of it, all waiting to be knitted into something...

And sock yarn, I can't not buy it. It's a sickness.

But I can't walk past any yarn shop without buying something blush event though I have a reputation for starting something and never finishing it <blocks out the glare of the gansey wool that has waited almost 10 years to be knitted into a traditional fisherman's jumper for DH>

tribpot Sun 28-Apr-13 21:14:07

Your loved ones need to be more assertive, DAISY. Ds drew a picture of me knitting him the jumper I'd promised him in my birthday card this year, as a not-too-subtle hint to get the <bleep> on with it.

There's still some Posh Yarn left from tonight's update I see sorry


That Wharfdale Woolworks looks lovely, I think I've seen that linked from Ravelry before?

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Mon 29-Apr-13 18:14:50
Saralyn Mon 29-Apr-13 18:21:54

I too am a yarnoholic, but sine my mother is one too, I have the benefit of seeing how bad things can get, which has a sobering effect, so at the moment I am trying to reduce my stocks, and not doing too badly. I have instigated a rule that I cannot buy yarn without having some idea of what I am going to use it for.

Sometimes I do fall off the wagon, though.

Spot on, TheNinjaGoose! This is why I buy my yarn online. grin

Saralyn Mon 29-Apr-13 18:37:41

But how do you get this cheap wonderful chinese yearn, Purlywhites? have never used ebay before, but am starting to realise this could get dangerous.

Purlywhites Mon 29-Apr-13 21:22:47

There are sellers called wiseseller, kool-diy and someone else. It's natural fibres in lots of different pastels and bright colours. The balls are quite small and fine, but lovely. I just won the bid for a dark rose colour for 89p. Free postage too. (Also got 6 other colours for my flowers).

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 29-Apr-13 21:36:17

I always thought I was a professional, but apparently I'm just a simple novice! I have a huge square laundry carrier full! It's pretty naff though, it's all mainly synthetic and random balls I pick up in charity shops! I went through a stage when the kids were small of knitting toys, for which those yarns are perfect.
I need to have a good clear out of the dross and start scouting around for some good stuff! I love the cashmeres, merinos and alpacas. Anything that is gorgeously soft. I'm also a bit of a sucker for those yarns with sparkly bits or sequins in! blush I'm actually just posting on this thread in order to mark my place so I don't lose all of these lovely links! grin

Saggy you've just reminded me I started a cardie for Christmas with sparkly bits. I don't think I got very far. Probably buried under a pile of other yarns. blush

Maybe next Christmas unless something even more gorgeous comes along.

AJBthesecond Mon 29-Apr-13 21:48:45

My name is AJB and I'm a yarnaholic.

I had an hour long conversation the other day with DH about whether to organise my stash by colour or by weight but I'm not sure he was listening. I still haven't decided, any thoughts?

My real weakness is fyberspates, it's just all so soft and dreamy. And little hand dyers on etsy. And bargains on Celtic cove. And all the pretty knit picks colours. And the odd skein of Debbie bliss Andes. Maybe I need rehab.

ParkerTheThief Mon 29-Apr-13 21:55:33

AJB, I have a stash of DB Andes and I have no idea what I am going to do with it - I just love to tak it out and admire it occasionally.
One day I'm sure I'll think of a suitably lovely project

JollyPurpleGiant Mon 29-Apr-13 22:02:50

Vacuum bags! What a genius idea!

My yarn lives in a drawer under my bed. I have actually had to bin quite a lot of clothes in order to make space for it. If I use vacuum bags then I can buy more get the drawer closed.

I'm still shocked that I spent £80 on sirdar snuggly baby bamboo. I have lots of Stylecraft too. The problem is that I have no free time so projects progress very slowly.

AJBthesecond Mon 29-Apr-13 22:03:49

It's just sooooo soft. I even love the noise it makes.

Simple things.

Rhienne Mon 29-Apr-13 22:16:35

May I recommend this book: It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons. I think many on this thread will be able to relate...

I have four skeins of Debbie Bliss Andes - bought cheaply, because my local yarn shop is selling up the last of their stock as DB have stopped making it. I have two skeins of deep pink and two of dusty rose, and I am going to use all four to make a lace scarf for me.

TwoJackRussellsandababy Mon 29-Apr-13 22:37:24

I shall confess to being a bit of a hoarder, I seem to have had wool cravings when I was pregnant and built up a fairly substantial stash which I am slowly but surely reducing now. Thing is at the moment I can't take much pleasure from thinking about buying for a new project as I still have a bunch of yarn that I love and am desperate to get on with, but work and little boys take up my time!

I am looking forward to woolfest, last year was my first time and I went a little bit mental so having to give myself a strict budget this time...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 29-Apr-13 22:46:18

AJB you need to sort it by weight and then by colour!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 30-Apr-13 19:49:20

This thread is so not helping, I've been on easy looking at Wharfedale wool and frantically bookmarking linksblush

That is absolutely spot on TheNinjaGoose

One of my problems is I tend to buy online and go to great pains to buy enough to avoid delivery chargesconfused Plus I stocked up on DB Cashmerino because its not easy to get anymore and that wool makes me so happy.

I've just bought a sewing machine too so I'm got the beginnings of a fabric stash going on too. Poor DH, no idea how he puts up with me.

qazxc Tue 30-Apr-13 20:58:30

I NEED more details of this very cheap chinese yarn on ebay. ignores bursting to the seams arts and craft room

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 30-Apr-13 21:46:16

I haven't been crocheting long, but am addicted.

3 year old DD and I walked past a wool shop yesterday. Closing down sale with 30% off all yarns:

Me: (thinking aloud really) "It's a shame that shop is closed on Mondays."

DD: "Why is it a shame, mummy?"

Me: "It has a sale on wool."

DD: (deep sigh) Oh mummy, you are allowed to buy more wool when you've used up what you've already got! Okay, mummy?"

She'll learn, Judy, she'll learn! grin

JollyPurpleGiant Tue 30-Apr-13 22:25:39

I have joined a crochet group on facebook. It is not helping.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 01-May-13 07:32:47

With regard to the yarn sale, I've seen. I may happen to just walk past again today (without DD) and might just happen to fall into the shop.

What will be most versatile for the small things I want to try? I'm practising different crochet flowers at the moment, but not liking the squeaky scratchy acrylic that I found so good for learning with. I've got plans for amigurami of various kinds, and also want to litter the house with different cushions by practising granny squares.

Do I need cotton yarn, or just some nicer DK acrylic?

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 01-May-13 08:06:27

I think you will find you need both Judy and possibly some nice non acrylic too grin

such a shame the shop is closing though sad I remember the days when most high streets had a wool/haberdashery shop <feels old>

bootsycollins Wed 01-May-13 08:13:24

Now I'm going to look at wool on EBay, I can't knit but hey it's the cats birthday on Sunday grin

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 01-May-13 08:32:40

Yes, you're right, I probably need everything!

The shop is moving actually, so not too sad.

I find that cotton yarn splits too easily when I try to crochet with it, which is intensely frustrating. But there are some acrylic yarns that are both nice to work with, and nice to wear afterwards (if you make a garment out of them, that is). I like stylecraft special double knit, and have crocheted two mini-hugs for Yorkhill Hospital with it - and they felt soft when I had done them.

I'm about to try crocheting with James C Brett dk acrylic - it feels pleasant in the ball, and I am optimistic that it will be nice to work with.

I have just had the biggest yarn fix ever!! I won the yarn stash competition from Knit now magazine, and it has arrived!! I've put a picture on my profile - there are 66 balls of about 6 different King Cole yarns - and patterns and pattern books too. I am in yarn heaven!

tribpot Wed 01-May-13 12:21:49

Trouble is this redefines the standard for the yarn high, SDTG. Now the rest of us will be perpetually chasing this fix in the belief that we too can win an enormous stash of yarn and patterns! Addiction reaffirmed!

I know - I am so sorry. sad But I would say it is definitely worth entering the knit now competitions - I am the second person I know who has won! And sometimes the stashes are amazing!

Purlywhites Wed 01-May-13 16:09:01

I'm on my iPod so can't link the eBay stuff.
I've got 8 50g balls on their way and cost about £7.
Mostly cashmere/cotton blends, silk and bamboo and bamboo/cotton.
Amazing colours. Balls are quite small I do wonder if it is 50g per ball &#128512;

Wiseller or kool-DIY I'm sure you could search the shops,
Or put in bamboo modal wool or silk and bamboo yarn in search bar.
There's loads of stuff.
I got a ball for 64p and free p&p.

Oh SDG - I am very envy

That looks like a prize worth having.

Closest I have come to that sort of high is buying somebody's craft room clear out from Ebay and having a huge bag of different yarns arrive. I did have to pay for it but it was v. cheap and v. exciting not knowing exactly what I was going to get!

It is worth searching on yarn clear out (or similar phrase) on eBay. You get some interesting stuff come up sometimes and it often goes quite cheaply, especially if it is being sold by somebody who doesn't know what it is worth.

I am really tempted to go and look at eBay now but I have a double quilt, wall hanging and a bag to make by the end of June and I don't have time to knit at the moment. sad

Isn't it just typical that I want to do the one thing I really don't have time for. On the bright side I am building a lovely stash in threads along side my yarn stash. grin

SoupDragon Wed 01-May-13 18:20:15

I'm very excited as car boot season starts on Monday. I've picked up an eclectic mix of yarn from there over the last couple of years!

GroupieGirl Wed 01-May-13 18:44:44

Jealous jealous jealous.

Purlywhites Wed 01-May-13 19:34:31

There is someone with huge joblots on eBay at the moment.

waves another yarn addict over here. I'm not sure i even know how much yarn, fleece and roving there is in my house. I started spinning to feed my addiction and have discovered that fleece takes up even more space. I too recommend vacuum bags, they hide a multitude of sins.I am being good i have not clicked on any of the above links twitches. I reckon really it's all an investment because it is definitely at least partly insulating my house.

AJBthesecond Wed 01-May-13 20:02:17

Purly, what's their name. My fingers are getting so twitchy!

Purlywhites Thu 02-May-13 06:48:34

Tonesshoptwo is the name. Huge bundles but I'm not sure if its a bargain.
Worth a look though.

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