They say that diets don't work. If you refuse yourself your favorite things to eat--say, chocolate--eventually you end up feeling deprived. And when you're deprived, you feel hungry and sorry for yourself and like you deserve a little treat. So then you end up eating a bunch of stuff--say, pretzels and cheese and popcorn and ice cream and PBJs--trying to compensate for missing out on a little bit of chocolate.
Guess what? It works the same way with yarn, too.
Two weeks ago, I had this interpersonal struggle about whether or not I should by some good yarn at an extraordinary price. It was on sale for three days and I had the perfect project for it--Angostura from Little Red in the City. It was a serious craving. But I knew that I had plenty of yarn and projects waiting for me. I made a list of my stash and my queue, and that sobered me up a bit. I didn't buy the yarn.
So I should feel virtuous, right? All righteous and proud of myself? Nope. I feel sorry for myself. Poor little me without a new vest for fall. C will have a new vest (I'm about 95% finished with his Skye Tweed Vest), but not me. Sob sob.
Guess how I comforted myself? I bought some yarn.
I got some Berroco Vintage, which I've been wanting to try for a while. It's not as nice as the merino/alpaca might have been, and it was more expensive. But I do think it will make a lovely vest, and I'm glad (relieved?) that I can start on a new fall vest for myself.
And guess what? I got a few more things, too. I went shopping with my mom, one of the only knitter friends I have, so she bought me a couple of things.
This is Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky, and it is amazing! This is for a Shawl Collared Cowl, a pattern I purchased in Never Not Knitting's fall sale.
Mom also bought some for me to make her the same cowl.
So I missed out on one sale, which would have given me a merino/alpaca vest for $18, and I ended up with three projects of yarn, worth about $60. The moral of the story? Yarn diets don't work.