You can all laugh right along with me at my yarn purchases but I’ve justified this all in my head so you’re not going to bother me one bit! 🙂 If you haven’t noticed, I have an uncanny ability to figure out a reason for everything I do . . a reason that sounds very justifiable, and if I can’t find a good reason, I just blame Denise. My life is so easy! 🙂
This is an old picture from the sewing room in Missouri. This is two of the shelf units. There were 4 shelving units of folded fabric and 1 with bolts. A lot of this has been used and not much has been added but there are now 5 shelving units of folded fabric and 1 with bolts. Not sure how many years it’s going to take to make a dent in this fabric. I think that when we moved, more fabric was found that had never been unpacked in Missouri.
In about 2003 – 2006, I was quilting for others . . almost non-stop and a whole lot of the income went to buy fabric. I mostly only bought fabric on sale. Back then, the best fabrics were about $6.00/yard if I’m remembering correctly. It was really easy to find quality fabric on sale for $3.50 to $4.00 per yard. A quick search of some of my favorite online shops reveals that most shops have good fabric from $8.95 to $12/yard and most of the fabrics I would like that are on sale are in the $6/yard range.
A real economist, or my husband, would not agree with me but it’s like I have “free” fabric now. I never have to consider the cost when making a new quilt. I don’t mind making quilts to give to friends or folks in need because they really cost me nothing to make. I don’t mind sharing my stash with Nicole . . I hope that one day she will be happy to inherit everything I didn’t get around to using.
Quilters often laugh and say that instead of putting money in retirement accounts, we’re buying fabric and honestly, that might not be a bad idea. I can’t imagine being retired, maybe bored, and not being able to do the things I love because of the cost. I also can’t imagine that even now, when I want to make a quilt, I’d have to go to the quilt shop or order fabric and spend upwards of $100 or $150 to buy fabric for each quilt I make. I think that might take the fun out of it for me.
It’s the same with yarn. I went back to some of my old invoices. Here are some examples:
2008 – Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – $21.00
2013 – Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – $24.50
2008 – Dream in Color Smooshy – $21.00
2013 – Dream in Color Smooshy – $24.00
With knitting, it’s a bit harder working from the stash because each pattern requires different amounts of different yarns. I do believe I could knit socks totally from the stash for the rest of my days and not run out of yarn. Last night I checked my queue on Ravelry. This is just a drop in the bucket for my yarn stash but each pattern in my queue is printed and bagged up with the yarn and stuck aside from the rest of the stash.
Here’s the first three things in my queue:
There could be a problem with #3 if that yarn never arrives.
And here are the last three items in my queue:
There are 54 items in my queue and none of those are socks. Just about everything in there will take at least a month, and other things get added. Just last night I decided to make some knitted hats for cancer patients.
There’s at least 5 years worth of projects there and probably more than 10 years worth of sock yarn to be used. Technically, I should never need to buy another skein of yarn and probably still won’t get it all knitted before my number is called. In reality, Denise is probably going to make me buy more . . that’s just the way she is and I love her for that! 🙂
The cost of the things we love are probably only going to go up. I’m calling my investment in fabric and yarn a good idea!