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.
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!
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!