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JollyScaryGiant Fri 11-Oct-13 22:33:41

Hello. My name is Jolly. I am addicted to buying yarn. I have no more money or space but still went into a charity shop today and asked if they had any wool. Then spent £4.50 on it. 1kg of yarn I have no use for.

I rregularly go on wool websites and fill my trolley. Sometimes I checkout. Sometimes I don't.

I think about crochet a lot.

I clearly have a problem.

goodjambadjar Tue 05-Nov-13 08:26:15

Oh no! When I lived in Chelmsford we had two fabric stalls and a separate haberdashery. It was brilliant!

We have an outdoor market on a Wednesday which also has a tiny fabric stall.

Where will you go for your fabric now? Is she permanently gone or just a holiday?

Francesa Tue 05-Nov-13 08:19:09

LOL Goodjam,
I think its a case of use it or lose it, I suppose in many places the stall holders can't afford the rates.
Really fed up, I went to our indoor market yesterday morning to buy some fabric only to find the lady and stall had gone, not good!sad

goodjambadjar Mon 04-Nov-13 13:45:30

Come to Rayleigh, our indoor market is tiny! It has a wool/haberdashery, a bag stall, bits and bobs, such as lighters, piercings, hair accessories and socks, a cobblers/key cutting, a fabric stall/crystals ,a book stall, clothes stall, silk flowers stall, a sort of mini hardware stall, DVDs, pet stuff, a cafe, a butcher, a shoe stall, a card shop, mobile phone accessories, a blind and curtain concession and a make up stall. So maybe not so tiny!

I've been good and kept my hands in my pockets at the wool stall so far....

Francesa Mon 04-Nov-13 10:58:47

OMG, I wish we still had a proper indoor market, they seem to be disappearing from many towns these days!

monikar Mon 04-Nov-13 10:48:07

goodjam I always like to support local businesses too grin .What have you bought from her so far?

goodjambadjar Mon 04-Nov-13 10:37:43

My local wool lady had upped her game. She has a stall in our little indoor market and she's started stocking more named stuff. Her Stylecraft is less than £2 a ball. She's also now doing Sirdar and King Cole. If she starts doing James C Brett or Debbie Bliss I'm finished. blush

monikar Mon 04-Nov-13 09:42:26

Raven oooh that all sounds lovely smile . Well done for putting something the lace back - that shows real strength of character grin .

RavenRose Mon 04-Nov-13 07:14:13


Not too bad! Two lots of wool suiting, grey and black dogtooth check and a gorgeous black jaquard, plus a length of grey silk taffeta. Then a silk dupion tartan.

I really have a problem blush although I did put the black lace back!

monikar Fri 01-Nov-13 12:19:16

SDTG I find Staples very satisfactory for everyday stationery - it is always nice and peaceful in there too so I can browse in comfort. Another thing I like about Staples is that it doesn't feel like such in indulgence like Hobbycraft does - the Staples here has a much more practical feel to it. I have seen some matching sets of folders and notebooks in there recently which I might buy. Oh dear, how sad do I sound...

Raven How did you get on with your fabric shopping?

RavenRose Tue 29-Oct-13 22:09:22

I'm addicted to buying fabric. It's everywhere, under our bed all is fabric. There's a walk in cupboard behind our bed, all fabric. A large fitted wardrobe is half full of fabric. Dh has a small rack for his stuff - his stuff has been shifted to make way for fabric. There's a big 8 drawer chest in the living room full of lace, trim and patterns.

We are planning a family day out tomorrow, there's a fabric shop there I won't be able to resist going to. There's so many temptations online too.

I have a theory that the lack of fabric shops has led to the out of control stash. When we first moved here there were 7 fabric shops. All have now gone and its a 30 minute drive to get to our nearest or an hours drive to get to a large decent one. If I see something I like and think useful i tend to buy it as I don't know when I'll see it (or anything similar) again. Unfortunately there's lots I think useful smile

Now excited by tomorrow's trip, I'm sure i will find something useful smile

I love all stationary. I can spend many a happy hour browsing round Staples whilst dh mutters behind me!

Seabright Tue 29-Oct-13 18:54:28

Oh yes, nice pens. I like Muji and their tub of 10-ish different gel coloured pens. I keep them at work so DD won't find them.

Confession: 5 balls of Stylecraft Special DK arrived today. But (and there's always a but) 3 balls are to finish a Attic24 Ripple Blanket and the other two are for some baby converse trainers that I have been commissioned to make (so my wool can be a business expense! Hurrah!)

monikar Tue 29-Oct-13 11:59:23

I love nice paper too - I sometimes browse in the papercraft aisles in Hobbycraft and look at all the lovely papers. They are too nice to use though!

I shall just stick with yarn and buttons grin .

SuperNappy Tue 29-Oct-13 11:12:27

Nice paper scares me. I'm too worried I will ruin it to be able to use it.

pingulingo Tue 29-Oct-13 10:15:38

A total addiction. I've tried to make room in my life for crochet and fabric but my first love is paper. And I like a nice pen (or 50). My addiction is now so great that I'm starting to sell naice paper just so I've got access to trade prices!
I've got a gigantic delivery coming this week that I'm hoping arrives when DP is out! I've told him my little online business will be tiny and not that I'm trying to rival Hobbycraft!

Seabright - I bought myself a tinful of buttons and a couple of bags of vintage buttons from ebay, and had a wonderful time sorting them out - and I really want to get my hands on my mum's button tin too.

TwoJackRussells - I went to the Knit and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace last year - and I found that I hardly bought any yarn because there was just too much, and I couldn't choose! I think dh was expecting me to come home laden with eleventy squillion balls of yarn, and all I actually brought home (to Glasgow - so maybe we aren't too far apart) was a couple of lengths of cushion fabric, a ball of crochet yarn and a single skein of Collinette yarn. And how I kicked myself afterwards for failing to take proper advantage of all that lovely yarn and the people wanting to sell it to me!!

TwoJackRussellsandababy Tue 29-Oct-13 06:50:18

Hello, I've not really been on mn much since the boy was born, but I thought that I'd have a mooch and saw this thread, have joined the rav group and asked to join the Facebook group, am twojacks on rav.

I actually was too guilty to buy any wool at the craft show in Glasgow last weekend as I have so much already!

Purlesque Mon 28-Oct-13 11:42:27

Soup yes I have been there, I do miss it in some ways!

Purlesque Mon 28-Oct-13 11:41:34

I wish I had a hobby room, my stash is confined to boxes and suitcases under beds.
It's a real treat to open a suitcase and choose what I'm going to use next.

Seabright Mon 28-Oct-13 09:33:32

I am lucky that DP has a hobby which takes up even more space than mine and requires even more bits. But I still sneak stuff in when he's not looking.

He has a room in the basement (the ManCave) for his hobby and I have a lovely light and airy room for mine, which doubles as a spare room.

Sometimes I just go in there and look at my lovely yarn/fabric/felt/habadashery stashes

roguepixie Mon 28-Oct-13 08:19:44

Purlesque, you could be me grin. My DH does not know the extent of my stash and I work hard to keep it that way gringringrin.

I know what you mean about Loop. I love their shop - it's gorgeous and lovely and the yarns are beautiful. The prices make my breathe catch though. I have bought from them and have spent a small fortune but have to rein it in at the moment <<<rueful smile>>>. I get their emails though, which never fail to much temptation smile.

SoupDragon Mon 28-Oct-13 06:54:58

I have to hide my stash from my partner

One benefit of being a lone parent grin

Purlesque Mon 28-Oct-13 05:57:01

Rogue my eyes are watering after seeing the prices in that link. Even after the discounts.

Purlesque Mon 28-Oct-13 05:53:06

I am a yarn addict.
It's getting to the point now where I have to hide my stash from my partner, because I know he will do his nut.
It is actually becoming a problem because I feel the post purchase guilt every time, yet can't stop!

Seabright Mon 28-Oct-13 00:06:13

Button Porn.

There. I've admitted it. I have a lot of buttons. An awful lot of buttons. In fact, I just found two more tins I forgot I had (and what a happy hour I had sorting them out a bit).

And on Pinterest there are lots and lots of button-y, yarn-y,craft-y pictures. I won't live long enough to use it all up! But what a lovely inheritance for my DD!

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