It all started when I wanted to make this Winter's Breath Doily:
After I searched off and on over a couple of days I decided I just needed to buy another one. It's a Yarnology hook available at Hobby Lobby and I really like the cushioned handle. A hook like this is just a few dollars and with a 40% off coupon this is no. big. deal. Right?
Wrong. I knew stepping into any craft store was dangerous business for me, a yarnaholic who's been
Well... That was Thursday.
On Friday I headed to Hobby Lobby.
I knew I needed to be strategic.
Once inside I made my way straight to the crochet hooks. They had been moved since I was last in there, and much to my dismay I had to walk to the end of a yarn aisle (where every color available of Hobby Lobby ILTY was stacked to my left). I pretended I had blinders on and didn't dare turn to look at it.
I readily found the hook I needed. Hook in hand, I then did what I knew I shouldn't do. Instead of just walking straight back out the way I came in, I went the direction of the cotton thread - you know... just in case they had a new color I might want to make my doily in, as opposed to simply using any of the colors I already had...
I turned the corner from where the hooks were hanging and saw that their Artiste cotton thread was on sale. At 30% off. Wow! I don't think I've ever been in Hobby Lobby when this cotton thread has seen that kind of discount. The best I'd ever been able to do was use a 40% off coupon, but when doing that I could only ever buy one ball at a time. But do you think I could just buy one ball of cotton thread and walk away that day?
They had new colors. They had many more colors than I ever recalled seeing before. It was mesmerizing. I started picking them up. Soon, I had several in my hands and realizing I had too many to hold I went to get a basket to carry them in. I came back with a basket, and after arguing with myself that while I didn't go in there to buy crochet thread, since I'm on a moratorium wouldn't it be smart to get what I want now - or else... what??? I'd never be able to buy cotton thread again????
I just know that once I felt decided about my final selections... once I had chosen colors I felt I really couldn't live without... I had no fewer than 10 new balls of cotton thread in my basket, and then as if I wasn't in control of my own legs, I found myself walking to the front to check out.
As I walked, I kept telling myself, "Don't do this. Don't do this!!!" I even meandered through a few aisles hoping for sanity to take hold.
But it didn't.
I came home with a new hook and 10!!! gorgeous shades of size 10 cotton thread.
Because I was mesmerized by all the pretty colors.
Well, as luck would have it, on Saturday, in Our Happy CAL Place on Ravelry, this week's CAL turned out to be bookmarks. Bookmarks that use size 10 cotton thread and beads!
I really was in luck.
Not only did I now have a pretty collection of different colors of cotton thread, but I also have a humongous
In fact, I was happy enough with how my first one turned out, I decided to make several so I can give them as gifts to some friends I've been doing a book study with this summer. Wednesday is our last day to meet and while I previously felt no compulsion to bring gifts to our last gathering, I'm sure my friends will all think these are fun.
Now I only need to make several hundred more bookmarks, or dozens of doilies, or frankly... I don't know what else I might be able to make, to use up my cotton thread.
All I know is my goal of using up 100 skeins of yarn in 2018 doesn't look quite as attainable as it did just three days ago.
But I'll keep plugging away at it.
Or maybe I'll just admit defeat and give some yarn away.
How's this? If by year's end I haven't met my 100 skein goal, I'll re-home however many skeins I need to to meet that goal. That sounds like an idea I may be able to do.
Meanwhile... I'll keep crocheting. Trying to beat myself at my own game. Though I have no idea how I'm supposed to win if I'm playing with a cheater...
That's all she wrote.
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