The Stuff You Can’t Afford – But Why Can’t You?By A Guest Writer – 19 Comments
A Guest Post by Veronica Smith.
We’ve all done it………. Gone to the magic store that sells all the wools, yarns and threads and stood there drooling over the expensive yet impractical yarns. You know the ones. The ones that cost a week’s worth of milk and bread for one ball, the ones with ‘hand spun’ and ‘hand dyed’ printed on the gold plated label (well, maybe not gold plated but it should be). You have no idea what you’d do with this stuff but you want it so bad – just one cuddle won’t hurt will it? Then you’re off to the sale section and the budget yarns.
Then – it happens – you arrive one day and the gold plated hand crafted yarn is on sale. 50% off, you’re only human. This is where all your problems begin. Quickly the math starts and you are justifying not feeding the family for a week, after all you read about that detox programme about water for 3 days, and you are all a little overweight anyhow – right?
Heart pounding, problem 2 occurs. This is where you shove it all into your shopping cart in case a mob arrives and takes all your precious yarn – oh good grief – you think of it as yours. Now what will you make from this? The yarn is different than you have ever used, how much do you buy? Quickly search for patterns, there are none – oh well, buy them all.
Wow – there is now a house payments worth in your shopping cart, in your panic you didn’t realize there were so many, cannot buy that many. Depression sets in, time moves slowly and you are more confused than you have ever been. Maybe you could just purchase 2 or 3 and use them for a trim on something. Lets face it, the 48 balls that you are now guarding in the shops is too many – accept that fact. Finally you settle on a number and have justified your abstract thought pattern into reality… Oh good grief, what colour? If your really lucky there is only one choice, even if you don’t really like it you still need it right? If there are multiple choices then your head starts to hurt.
Finally at the counter – then the precious treasure is finally YOURS. Home you go. All fixed, stress over, all problems solved. NO. What do you do with the stuff, you never actually worked that out in the shop. It is far too ‘good’ to use. Make a bag, that’s it. No a bag will wear out, can’t have that now can you? Decorative cushion – NO – the cat, dog, hubby or kids will sit on that with no regard to the fact that it is now a family heirloom. Trim a jumper? This process will waste anywhere up to 2 weeks, it finishes not long after somebody threatens to throw it out because they are sick of you rambling on about it.
This is where you need to get a grip on reality. It’s all in your head. How much did you pay for that jumper last winter? Now – look at the yarn, you have enough for a jumper and it only cost you a third of what the store bought jumper did. I think some of us just don’t buy the “nice” yarns because of some abstract feeling of guilt because it is “only yarn”. We need to look at the big picture.
I now purchase just 1 ball of a fancy yarn that is in the ‘gold plated’ area of the shop and I use it as accents on things – because in reality it would look horrid in a full garment because it is way too fancy. Having a small accent I can appreciate the yarn and look like a million dollars.
……………..So – stop being afraid and buy the “ gold plated hand crafted yarn” and use it with joy. I am not suggesting for a moment that you do it every week, or in fact use it for the new dog coat or your 2 year old nephew’s play clothes. The cold hard fact is that in the long run these are all worth it – and if you get them on sale well it is a true bonus. Life is too short to feel guilty about things that there is no guilt attached to.
I paid $45 on sale for hand dyed pure wool, it is in lilac type colours. I made my mum a jumper out of it, it is stunning, she gets comments from strangers. Would she be getting the same comments from people if she had purchased a jumper for $45? Could she get a pure wool jumper for $45 – not where I live.
So next time you are out and you see something you really really love, buy just one and trim something – see how good it feels than work your way up from there.
Veronica is 44 years young. She has a hubby, 2 daughters, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, several fish – and 7.5 acres backing on to a state forest in semi-rural Queensland Australia to house them all! Feel free to learn more about Veronica by visiting her blog.