This irrepressible urge to buy more yarn

Is this something you can relate to? Do you find yourself browsing online yarn shops, adding things to your virtual cart and convincing yourself that this yarn is a must have?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has to deal with this urge and yet I have more than enough yarn already! If you have been following my blog lately you will know that I have a sizeable stash and you will have seen pictures of it in my Spring Challenge section here on this website.

So I know that I have enough yarn to knit almost anything I want to knit in the coming year or two or three. The keyword here is almost. Meaning that yes I have hundreds of skeins of yarn but most of them are just single skeins so good for socks, scrap projects or to be combined with two or more yarns in a shawl or colourful garment.

I have very few sweater quantities in my stash, maybe about 5. I like solid and semi solid yarns for garments and yet I rarely buy such yarns and so every now and again I get this overwhelming feeling of “I have to buy some sweater quantities of solid yarns” just in case, just to be sure I have EVERYTHING I could possibly need next time I have to cast on.

Lately I have also become more of a yarn connaisseuse (I prefer that  term to yarn snob). And so I really want to try “different” yarns, yarns from single breeds, yarns from conservation flocks or yarns from a small independent mill somewhere. And I always manage to find such yarns. And of course small batch, exclusive yarns are priced accordingly so not easy on the budget.

These past few days as I have been home resting my leg (I have some strange issue with my left knee) I have been doing a lot of “virtual yarn shopping”. And it has got me thinking how strange this is. I don’t need any more yarn, I have so much currently that just finding a place to store my stash is an issue. And yet the urge is so strong. And so urgent. Like I need this particular yarn asap. Telling myself I will buy this yarn in a month or when I’m ready to actually knit with it, is no good.

But my finances are not limitless, I have spent more than can be considered reasonable on yarn already. So how can I resist? How can I control this urge?

Well, what I have been doing lately is put the yarn in my cart but not checking out. I leave the page open on my phone and then come back maybe the same day, maybe a couple of days later and I review my cart. I ask myself if I ABSOLUTELY need this particular yarn and if I could possibly reduce the quantity in my cart, maybe leave out a yarn or two. And then sometimes I do check out and other times I leave my cart for a few more hours/days of reflexion.

But it is not easy. I sometimes think that in my case this urge is so strong and the need so important that it must be akin to addiction of some sort. I know stop smoking can be very hard and I imagine that stop buying yarn must be at least as hard in my case.

This is most definitely a third world problem! I know!

I would love to hear from you, do you suffer this urge to buy more yarn on a regular basis? How do you deal with the urge? Do you allocate yourself a yarn budget per month/year? Have you ever been on a “yarn buying diet” and if yes, for how long were you able to sustain that and do you know view yarn buying with a different eye than before your “yarn buying diet”?

I have tried to go on a yarn buying diet but never succeeded as the idea of NOT being able to buy yarn makes the urge TO BUY so much stronger! But I still think I really should try to get my yarn buying under control for the good of my finances as well as just to control the quantity of yarn already in my house.

I hope you will accept to share with me your yarn buying advice/techniques/plans. I’m sure sharing with each other will bring us all food for thought:)

Until next time I’m going to try to be serious and restrain from yarn shopping and just concentrate on knitting the yarn I already have!

Happy knitting to you and have a great week ahead!

My trip to Iceland and the yarn I brought home with me

Hi there, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are doing good and that so far your week is shaping up to be a good one.

As promised I’m going to share with you my little trip to Iceland. If you have been following me here for a while you may know that even though I live in Normandy, France, I’m actually Icelandic and all my family lives there except for my brother who lives in California.

I don’t go home enough. I used to go to Iceland 3-4 times a year but as the children have gotten older I find myself going less as I’m bound by school and school vacations. This January it was actually a whole year since my last trip home. That was way too long and so I’m hoping I’ll be able to go at least two more times this year. Seeing family and friends is important and even just being in Iceland, you know just the air, the scenery, the language, the people, the culture. It’s all so reassuring and familiar. It really feels good even though I now do consider France to be my home as I’ve been living here for 18 years!

Anyway, I had a lovely time with my family and got to see everyone even if I only stopped for 6 days. Of course I had to go yarn shopping! As one does when on vacation right?

So the last day in Iceland I went with my mother, who is also a knitter by the way, to a small town called Hafnafjordur. There we first went to this grocery store and if you follow knitters that go to Iceland, you may know that most grocery stores carry yarns. And this particular one has not just a section of yarn, it’s more like a yarn shop inside the grocery store.

I had never been there so it was fun to see and browse. They have a lot of scandinavian yarns in addition to the Icelandic lopi. And they also had a great selection of books, knitting needles and accessories of all kinds. and I did buy some yarn there and some fur pom poms that will make great hats.

Here are some pictures I took to show you


This yarn is made of wool and nettles.


Lots of knitting and crochet books


gorgeous sweaters


I found this pattern to be fun


Love this sweatedr


this is a beautiful child size cardigan


more sweaters and I took this picture to show you the grocery shop right next to the yarn


They had lots of store samples


See the yarn in the racks? This is a new Icelandic yarn


So here is what I purchased from them


Fur pompoms: The two grey are rabbit and the big one at the top is fox


I had to try the wool and nettles yarn


This was a cheap merino yarn from China I bought for a future fair isle project


This is the new Icelandic yarn I had never seen: Einrum and this is a blend of Lopi and Thai silk


And this is a self patterning sock yarn I wanted to try


That was a nice haul don’t you think? Later that day I went to another yarn shop but I think I’ll share that with you in a separate post as this is a lot for one day;

So thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing this yarn/grocery shop and the yarns I purchased. More to come soon 🙂