Craft Addictions

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Do you have a craft addiction?  Do you have stacks of fabric, a hidden stash of yarn, the newest paper crafting tools?  Join the club of thousands of serious artisans. I would never say that we’re hoarders we just appreciate the need to have slightly more of our product than the casual crafter.

About 20 years ago, I got the urge to start crocheting again which meant the usual afghan for family and friends. I knew nothing about quality yarn so I’d just purchase it from a retail store. They had many beautiful colors and combinations to choose from and I was happy as a clam to take my five or six skeins home.  When I found that perfect ripple pattern, I was in afghan heaven, using the softest yarn and newest decorator colors to hit the market. You can’t imagine my distress when they discontinued my favorite yarn! Fortunately I had maybe 10 extra skeins in my big stash to fall back on. That was a serious mother lode for me back then.

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Fast forward to the present day! With the guidance of a yarn shop owner about ten years ago, I learned that all yarn is not created equal. Really, isn’t it just fibers woven together? Don’t tell that to a serious spinner or an alpaca farm owner! It didn’t take long for me to crave using some of the luscious alpaca, Peruvian wools, bamboo and silk yarns on the market.  New to the Etsy Shop scene, I knew it would be important to use good quality yarn. This was the beginning of my “need” to increase my inventory. Gone were the days of buying only 100% acrylics which the shop owner called “dinosaur yarn”! I seriously could not go on a trip without checking out if there was a LYS (local yarn shop) in the area. When my husband and I go out shopping together, he always says “Do you need to stop at your shop?” Silly question!

I never would have imagined years later, from that first yarn lesson, that I would have such a comfortable inventory of beautiful colors and wonderful fibers. The fun is not just buying it but touching the fibers.  It’s like being a kid in a toy store and you don’t know which skein you want because the choices and delicious colors are endless. Gone are the days of grabbing a few skeins off the retail shelf. I’m not a yarn snob (cough) because I do have acrylics in my stash. I would never admit to how many skeins I have because a lady never reveals private information!

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No matter what your passion is, be fully committed.  I love to see artisans share their incredible studios, craft rooms filled with their goods, cupboards of gorgeous fabric waiting to be sewn.   Enjoy the process and continue to share your ideas and art.  It’s what motivates and inspires that new crafter who can’t wait to try making that sweater, quilt, or painting.   Would love for you to share your craft addictions and photos!

36 Responses

  1. Rochefel says:

    I love the “No matter what your passion is, be fully committed” This is very true in all aspects 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It can be a little overwhelming taking that “fully committed” step but the joy comes from the outcome.

  2. I could have written this piece and substitued beads for yarn. My journet has been the same and as we learn about our craft, we develop an eye for quality. I promised my accountant 2 years ago that I would cut back on inventory. She pointed out to me that if I continued at my current rate I’d have to bead until 90 to use it all up.It has been hard to cut back and I’m doing the best I can. I use to collect yarn and I didn’t knit or crochet- just loved the material and colors, so I can relate 100%. Enjoyed reading this.

  3. ladydi says:

    Thanks Roslyn for your comment. I have started to cut way back due to business slow downs. I still love my yarn and have started sewing more…oh no…that means buying fabric too! I love your jewelry. It’s stunning and unique.

  4. Such a beautiful post, Diana. 🙂 I like this: “The fun is not just buying it but touching the fibers.” I know what you mean. I was a rep for a textile company for 20 years….commercial. AND I loved touching the fabrics, help create the designs and share with designers. I can feel the passion you have and your pieces are gorgeous!

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks Alexandra! I didn’t know that about you. I love walking with Joann’s Fabrics and looking at the rows and rows of beautiful material. It could easily become a second addictive if I’m not careful. Making the tote bags lately has been so much fun!

  5. Nate says:

    In life, we don’t have time to just stand around and expect things to happen. We have go out there, take action and stay committed! Thank you for the great post!

  6. Passion is the key of success in everything. Congrats for your passion.

  7. Kungphoo says:

    I’m definitely addicted to crafts, especially scrapbooking. I just can’t seem to get enough of it! Great article!

    • ladydi says:

      I have to keep my mind and hands busy because I get antsy. I love to try new patterns and stretch myself to do something new. Only problem! That requires buying a whole new list of products! Thanks for the comment.

  8. Tina says:

    OMG, this is me!! I don’t often admit it…but I look in the mirror and I see this person. Whew! What an awakening. Maybe we should hold a “fair” where we can share our yarns and get another’s…just for fun and motivation! Or maybe we should all knit or crochet mittens for Christmas with our extra yarn (I have a friend in Vermont who puts up a Mittens Tree at a local hospital and everyone can come by and pick up a pair, for free). Honestly, tonight, after reading this, I don’t feel quite so bad about the drawers and shelves and boxes of yarn!

    • ladydi says:

      What a great idea Tina – the mitten tree! I never thought of a yarn exchange locally. That would draw in all those yarn stashers for sure! Glad you could relate. I tell myself, “Do not go in the yarn store”. Somehow I look in the window and see the new selections and I can’t resist to at least “touch” them! lol If you know of any other ideas for using leftover yarn for small projects, let me know.

  9. Pamela says:

    I love the colors you’ve shown but most of all, the yarn lesson. I belong to those who doesn’t know anything about it though I know the difference in texture when touch it, I don’t have any idea which one is better. 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      I didn’t understand the difference either Pamela until it was explained to me. I certainly don’t buy the super expensive yarn for every project. The wool blends definitely last longer. I don’t begin to understand all the difference in fabric either. But I love the feel and look of it too. We learn as we go. Thanks for commenting.

  10. I loved reading this. I feel like I’m on the beginning part of that journey.

  11. veronica says:

    These yarns are beautiful. I know you are ready to make them into something spectacular. That is the beauty of creating things…..they start as not much but end up being works of art. Keep living your passion

  12. Lorita says:

    I just learned to knit a week or 2 ago, and so far I still just have one skein of yarn that was given to me 6 years ago when I was on hospital bedrest with the twins! (When I say “learned to knit” I mean that someone showed me how to do a knit stitch after casting on for me, so I haven’t REALLY learned much yet! lol)
    For me the addiction is with stamps, almost 10 years worth of collecting… and punches, even longer… and lots more scrapbooking and paper-crafting supplies.
    #sscnet

    • ladydi says:

      I think whatever your craft addiction is, as long as it makes you happy, do it. I do believe when you get more involved in it and become truly passionate, creativity blossoms. I look forward to hearing about your projects. Keep knitting! It’s a joy working with the yarn and needles. It took me a while to get back to learning how to cast on from when I was a little girl.

  13. Gina says:

    I love this line, “No matter what your passion, be fully committed”. I still have a pretty large stash of yarn – waiting forthe day when fresh inspiration hits!.

    • ladydi says:

      My advice to you Gina would be to not wait for the inspiration. Pick one of your favorite color yarns, needles or hooks and just relax and make something. You’ll be surprised how quickly ideas will pop into your head. When I feel uninspired, I force myself to make something and I usually feel better soon. I look forward to hearing what you make “soon”. 🙂

  14. Darla says:

    Great post about being passionate about your craft Diana! I could not agree with you more. What ever you do, do it with passion and what makes you happy! It’s funny I am not a pack-rat…except for my art supplies! My husband has learned not even to ask about my stock anymore 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      My husband just asks if I need to go to my “stores” when we’re out and about. I’m not a pack-rat either and I like my supplies to be organized. I hate having to search for that one skein of yarn that has alluded me. I like to know it’s nesting in my yarn chest 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  15. Ashley says:

    I love that you found something that you’re passionate about and committed fully to it. That’s great advice for everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Great article! I used to be into all kinds of crafts but now am too busy to even touch it. Doesn’t mean I got rid of my stashes though! I have enough to have my own yard sale! 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      Yes, when overly busy crafting takes a back seat and lots of other things. I’m glad you’re successful in your endeavors. I have to keep my hands and mind busy. 🙂

  17. Pat Moon says:

    Quality is so important in all crafts. Fabric is like yarn. There’s the cheap, low thread count in the discount stores and then there’s the nice high thread count fabric in the quilt shops. When I had my fabric store I used to have a sample of the same print purchased at a discount store and of the print from my store. Both had been washed one time. Then the difference was very visible. The colors has lost their luster, the fabric has shrunk to a smaller size and wrinkled terribly. I appreciate your stash!

    • ladydi says:

      I know Pat. I never really thought about the differences in yarn until I visited our new local yarn store. She was very passionate about using quality yarn not just to sell her yarn but to make me aware of the fibers. I was so glad that she shared with me. I also see the differences in fabric too. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I love this, I so understand. I have cupboards full if old craft items and new ones. I love looking a books and material. To see what can be created from something special and turn into something else.

    • ladydi says:

      I think that creative people see the possibilities in each object they see. The wheels start turning and we just can’t help ourselves to buy things even for future projects. 🙂

  19. Sharon O'Day says:

    Like Roz, my “stash” is in the form of beads for a recent hobby-turned-business. Since part of what I do is disassemble vintage necklaces and reuse the beads in new pieces, it gives me a reason to go into antique stores wherever in the world I travel … always looking for something in the 6-7 color ways I selected to work in. But … you can never have too many beads to choose among … 😉 Sound familiar?

    • ladydi says:

      I love having a stash to rely on when I want to try out a new pattern or work up my existing patterns. It’s comforting to know I don’t have to run to the store. Instead I can be creative with my existing inventory. Glad to hear all those who commented that they have a pretty healthy stash too! 🙂

  20. Katrina says:

    My parents own a needle craft and framing shop. I learned a lot about yarn and everything else.
    Great post and thank you for sharing!

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks for commenting. All crafting accessories are wonderful. Going into a yarn/bead/fabric store is like shopping for a birthday present and I can have whatever I want! lol

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