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Wool/yarn addiction

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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!

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.

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

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

ThisIsNotWhatIWasAfter Wed 01-May-13 19:49:45

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.

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

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

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

Jealous jealous jealous.

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!

BigBoobiedBertha Wed 01-May-13 17:17:10

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

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 😀

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.

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!

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 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!

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.

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.

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

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>

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?

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

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

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

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?"

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

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.

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

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

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...

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.

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...

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