To borrow a phrase from the absolutely fabulous Patsy Stone (my favorite character on Absolutely Fabulous):
A few days ago I was meandering through a Barnes and Nobel bookstore, just passing through in my quest for an acceptable public restroom, and I happened to find myself in front of their rack of knitting and crochet magazines. It wasn’t intentional or anything. All of the other 463 business that I drove past to get to Barnes and Noble have sub-standard restrooms. My life just works out like that. So there I was floating along on the “ahhhh” feeling of having just gotten rid of the morning’s 4 cups of coffee and I thought I might buy myself a yarn-y magazine to reward Barnes and Nobel for keeping their little girl’s room nice and tidy. It certainly wasn’t because I need another yarn magazine but I do like to contribute to the economy in a helpful way, you know?
And I was totally going to buy a magazine (or three) but as I flipped pages I came across a little article that was offering some helpful tips on how to break out of the unfortunate habit we have of buying the same color or colors of yarn over and over. And over. And I thought:
Don’t question me!
You see I’ve been buying purple-ish and red-ish yarn lately and I don’t see it as an “unfortunate habit”. I was at a LYS recently and they were having a moving sale. In anticipation of moving across town, they put a lot of their yarn on sale. So I helped them out and bought some.
Then the weather turned insanely, criminally, stupidly cold last week. There was a day I had to go outside to work and it was 19 degrees Fahrenheit and I nearly died. I did not die (barely) and so I celebrated my survival by going to Joanns and buying some extra bulky yarn for making hats.
Then this week that LYS got all settled into their new location and reopened. I went down to show my support… and buy some yarn. That time I bought colors that were almost (but not quite) purple and red. But basically they are purple and red.
I’m not in a color rut, thank-you very much. I’m in a color groove. I see no need to break out of it. I see no need to force myself to buy colors that don’t appeal to me at this particular moment. I saw no need to buy that yarn-y magazine that wanted me to do so.
But since then I have bought two other yarn-y magazines.
Like I said, I like to contribute to the economy. For the record as soon as I publish this post I’m heading out to a LYS. I may buy more purple-ish and red-ish yarn and maybe some yarn-y magazines and I don’t particularly want anyone to talk me out of it.
Also… don’t question me.