Naknicromo Day 19: More Yarn? Or Less?

I’m afraid I can’t tap dance around this topic. Of course my answer is more, always more. Never ever less. 

This weekend is the local yarn crawl. It ran from Thursday through today. I visited two shops on Thursday and bought the above yarn: Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian gradient set and 2 skeins of Spun Right Round. 

Friday I visited two more shops and bought more, see always more-never less, yarn: Anzula haiku, Toil & Trouble Classic, 2 Madelinetosh tosh merino light and Cascade Heritage. 

I try to add yarn to the stash only if it meets these guidelines:

  • It is something I’ve never used before
  • It is too cheap to pass up (I feel this way about thrift shop finds)
  • I am going to cast it on immediately as for Loopy Academy or Camp Loopy
  • It is needed for a gift or a knitting request
  • I like it

Yup, that last one tends to be my downfall. 

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8 Responses to Naknicromo Day 19: More Yarn? Or Less?

  1. Jennifer says:

    The “I like it” covers more yarn than I will ever use – not that USE is a word I associate with yarn. Nope. NEED is the associative word!

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    I rarely just buy yarn, but that has more to do with color panic than anything. I did get very wild this winter and buy two color groupings from KnitPicks, thinking they would make nice baby blanket options, but that’s as far as I have gotten!! However, I could squish and drool all day long!

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  3. tonymarkp says:

    If I bought all the yarn I wanted I would need a huge warehouse, but my criteria for buying yarn is pretty much whether or not I like it and if I have room for storing it. Period. But I think I am pretty frugal because I have a limited storage space with a set number of plastic bins. This year, though, I relied on yarn’s squishiness, or ability to be compacted, to fit new purchases into the bin. Cramming is OK.

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  4. YarnyDragonfly says:

    More, always MORE!! I have had a little self control lately (not counting the yarn crawl that just happened, but we won’t talk about that)……

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  5. chrisknits says:

    In the fantasy world I prefer to live in, MORE!!! In the reality world I inhabit, less. But that’s only because I already have MORE!!! And I am trying to have less, so I can buy MORE!!!. LOL

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  6. Of course, the answer is always “more yarn;” however, your guidelines make me think. Do I have guidelines for yarn buying? I’ve never made a list, but having rummaged through my stash a few months ago, I’ve resolved not to buy any yarn unless I have a specific project — and pattern — in mind.
    P.S. sock yarn doesn’t count because, well, socks.

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  7. Kim says:

    Yes, it’s always more. I did laugh at your last qualifying reason 😂

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