August 11, 2012

On Yarn, and the Possibilites of Craft Stores.

Filed under: On Crocheting. — amandajocrafts @ 8:51 pm

I have a yarn problem.

I suppose the first step is admitting it, but I’m sure some step in there is supposed to be doing something to alter the issue, and I see no impetous within me to do that.

Going to Michael’s is like Christmas; there’s all that beautiful, soft yarn in all those different plys and brands, and everywhere you turn, you can envision a thousand products stemming from all that yarn. I look at the thin, circly yarns and see loose, fall scarves. I look at the Red Heart, my go-to for its durability and stableness, and see a ton of amigurumi animals. I look at the baby yarns and see blankets and footsies and hats for some child I’ll have ten years from now. I look at the bulky yarn and see winter scarves, hats, gloves, warmth and cuddling by the fire and warm tea when I get home from a long day’s work and an even longer bus ride. (My fiance finds the fisherman’s wool, every time, and sees a cableknit, zip-up sweater, that he insists upon making himself. He hasn’t even finished a knitted washcloth yet.)

Today, I headed straight toward a newly discovered type of yarn, one I just started using for my new line of “collector” teddy bears, and saw a new bear in every single color. I believe I ended up purchasing twelve different colors, not because I couldn’t decide, but because I kept deciding I needed that color, too. I have to wait to start making those bears (you know, life and all. Psh.) but I’m so excited.

Moral of the story: My fiance isn’t crazy (at least, in this respect). He’s the one who has the right of it–craft stores are all about the possibility; creating something with your own hands. It’s like magic.



  1. Spoken like a true yarn addict. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with your new yarn and making your delightful bears. – Jaie

    Comment by FJL #315 — August 12, 2012 @ 1:41 am

  2. You sound like me with fabric! I know that feeling.

    Your blog is off to a great start!

    Comment by Sher — August 13, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  3. I have the same problem! Every time I go into Michael’s, even if I’m just picking up something for another craft, I can’t leave without at least browsing the yarn section. Do you ever go to yarn specialty shops? It’s like Michael’s but a million times better!

    Comment by Vi — August 13, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    • I was in one yarn speciality store in a small town where I did my undergraduate work, and I think I literally had to be dragged out of there! The textures and the dyes were so stunning and unique – I couldn’t get enough!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — August 13, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  4. Two years ago I went to SAFF, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. Talk about gorgeous yarns and fibers, and spinning wheels, too. Hoping to make it back there this year.

    Comment by Eileen Flieg — August 17, 2012 @ 11:24 am

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