Friday, January 6, 2012

This is Why I Don't Do Diets

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
-- Robert Burns
Well, that went well.

I recall saying a little while ago that I was on a yarn diet. Does this look like someone on a yarn diet?

I think not.

So, here's what happened:

One Saturday morning, I woke up, I logged into Google+ (where I'm spending more and more of my social networking-time" and saw a post from +At Knits End that said,
ONE DAY ONLY, 25% OFF SHOPWIDE!!! I am shutting down for a week starting Monday and would love to have tons of dyeing to do over my break. I am offering this one day only, 25% off shopwide sale on google+ only. 
What happened next, I am not sure. I either:
  • was abducted by aliens.
  • had my brain taken over by pixies.
  • had a "yarnout" (which is the yarnie's version of a blackout).
When I came to, it was ten minutes later, and I was logging out of PayPal after paying for three skeins of yarn. Whoa. Freaky.

I vowed I was finished. I knew roughly that what I'd purchased was of excellent value and quality, and I also knew roughly which of my many saved patterns I would use them for. Well, not so bad. A slight bump on the yarn diet wagon.

Ahem. So, yeah.

I mentioned in one of my recent posts about my visit with a yarn friend in Winnipeg that the yarn store we planned of visiting was closed. I was secretly relieved. I did not need any more. Nope. Not me. I can stop any time.

Except... later on in the week, after meeting with another friend for lunch, we were driving back to my parents' house, and I knew that this same yarn store was on the way home.

Nope, don't need to go, I said to myself. I'm good. I'm just going to drive on by.

We got closer... about ten minutes away. The weather is nice, I said. I could just stop in, and hubby and Rascal could go for a little walk while I just have a peek.

Five minutes closer. "How would you feel about me taking a quick stop in the yarn shop on the way home?" I said to hubby.

Then, he said the trigger words.

"I don't mind," he said.

And that's how I ended up with twelve skeins of Cascade Sport and two skeins of Briggs & Little Durasport.

Addicted. That's me.

The upside is that I know EXACTLY what I'm doing with this yarn.

The downside is I'm as weak as wet tissue on a bull's horn.

Yeah, I don't know where that saying came from, either.



  1. Diets don't work only knitting, knitting and more knitting. That is some great yarn you bought there! I especially like the top one green and purple.

  2. Yes, that one is the one that triggered my buying spree! So pretty! And would you believe they are all Kool Aid-dyed?

  3. Kool Aid? I've heard of it but not seen it in real life. I bet they smell amazing.

  4. Some of them are very fruity-scented!