OK, confession time.
Hello – my name is Janice, and I’m a yarn addict.
Here’s the proof:
(Ah…feels good to get that off my chest…)
I’m not even quite sure how many balls and skeins I have in these containers, which has been in the works for a good seven years now. But I know that it’s more than I could ever get through in my lifetime. RAS says I should just keep putting up a steady inventory on eBay and sell it all off.
Well, at least I have plenty of pattern books to draw from, if I ever do:
But I’m not alone. Apparently, there are plenty of other knitters like me who have even bigger stashes of wool, alpaca, cotton, silk and all other manner of fiber products.
And isn’t it all too appropriate that knitters’ yarn collections are called stashes, kind of like illegal drugs? Because that’s what it feels like sometimes…
So if you were looking for something travel related with today’s post, it’s not going to happen. This whole week, in fact, I’ve re-immersed myself in Yarn World and have started up new projects and returned to old ones, in the hopes I’ll actually finish them. In fact, this whole blog began its life as a knitting blog before it grew up into a travel/photography one.
But I soon also realized that there were bloggers whose sites were far superior to mine. Also, I got a little burned out documenting every knit and purl stitch I was making, the yarns I couldn’t stop buying and everything else that went with it.
Lately, right around the start of the year, I essentially stopped knitting because I wanted to get my freelance writing off the ground. And even though I’ve done plenty where that’s concerned, it’s now time for the big push, especially since I returned from a fantastic writers’ retreat in Santa Fe two weeks ago with my copywriting coach Steve and seven other writers. I got super-inspired and returned to Colorado all fired up after it ended.
But I think before all of my big plans started, I needed to do something unrelated to writing, both travel and copy, and thinking about marketing. Maybe there was a touch of overwhelm thrown in there somewhere, too.
So I picked up my needles (darn, there’s that not-so-veiled drug reference again!) and started working on a big-gauge shawl, with this really cool mohair-wool-nylon-metallic yarn, rainbow hues and just a bit of sparkle:
And through it all, I gradually was motivated to finish my direct mail package to big travel marketers, develop the idea for my first book, and finally query some travel publications and blogs.
Maybe a yarn addiction isn’t that shameful, after all. It might even be useful, because like learning a foreign language and taking photographs, knitting works a whole other part of my brain. That helps the parts that need to write percolate and come with some pretty awesome stuff.
I won’t go on to eBay just yet.