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knitpurlgurl
01-12-2008, 02:28 PM
:aww: DH found yet another box of my yarn and started going through the house looking for yarn. He found boxes of yarn and knitting supplies and was a bit peeved. He thinks I buy yarn to just buy yarn. (Well, sometimes I do - one never knows when moss green nubby yarn will be needed.) I tried to explain to him that this is par for the course. He didn't believe me. He read some of the posts on this site. (I told him about the yarn porn.) He was perplexed. DH is a mechanical engineer. CREATIVITY is NOT in his vocabulary. He said that we knitters needed a 12-step program.

I told him that yarn and knitting are my therapy sessions once a week. It costs much less than a session with a therapist at $350/hr. He gave me a crooked grin and walked away saying, "It's a good thing I love you so much."

I think we must educate these 'non-knitters.' I mean really - who could pass up 10 skeins of alpaca for $10? That WOULD be crazy! :eyes:

Plantgoddess+
01-12-2008, 02:33 PM
:thumbsup:

Jan in CA
01-12-2008, 02:34 PM
:teehee:

DH knows where my yarn is and I have very little stash to find actually. He's been very supportive of my hobby and hasn't complained. This is a good thing since he is an artist and his art room is a disaster and crammed with artsy supplies and paintings. He's also a woodworker so the garage is full of tools. :thumbsup:

The.Knitter
01-12-2008, 02:38 PM
When I got my invite to Ravelry, my DH went out and bought me a "stash cabinet" and helped me to load it from all the plastic bags I had stored around the house. He knows what I have because he drives me to the store to buy it. I don't need a 12 step program, I need motivation to get all these ideas in my head knit up and made into real FO's and so to use up the stash.

Plantgoddess+
01-12-2008, 02:43 PM
My DH got me my stash back around 1980. He traded a couple of days labor for about $2,000. retail worth of yarn. I was able to go into the yarn store and pick out whatever I wanted. I am now getting to the dregs of that stash and he's trying to convince me to start frogging my old sweaters and using the yarn over again. I just shake my head sadly and continue shopping online for more yarn.

GinnyG
01-12-2008, 02:47 PM
OF COURSE YOU BUY YARN "JUST" TO BUY YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what you are supposed to do!! Tell him to find some REAL problems to worry about.

knitpurlgurl
01-12-2008, 03:02 PM
OF COURSE YOU BUY YARN "JUST" TO BUY YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what you are supposed to do!! Tell him to find some REAL problems to worry about.

:roflhard:

suzeeq
01-12-2008, 03:10 PM
My sweetie saw the thread and wondered about it, when I told him your story he said to ask your husband about his pen/pencil collection.....

My honey is a writer and I compared my yarn stash to his story hopper (ideas waiting to be put into a story). He agreed, saying that's why he teases me about it, because he has so many ideas that he probably willl never get around to.

knitpurlgurl
01-12-2008, 03:20 PM
DH has a HUGE collection of mechanical thingabobs and tools. Since he is a mechanical engineer and works in the automotive industry managing development projects for Chrysler, he has all sorts of things that I have no idea what they are. Heck, he has our garage, 1/4 of our basement, and a 40' x 80' poll barn FULL of his stuff. He's not realy mad at me, just pickin' on me. (Probably because I pick on all of his UFOs!)

stitchwitch
01-12-2008, 03:25 PM
Ha! My husband couldn't care less, the amount of knit stuff I have will never exceed the amount of race car parts he has stashed in his closets, the garage, the attic and his newest hideout....under the guest bed. That combined with his model railroad hobby will keep me in the good for a long time.

babsnelson
01-12-2008, 03:25 PM
10 skeins of Alpaca for $10 - you should have picked up 100 for all your knitting friends ;)

I'm fairly lucky. My DH thinks my knitting is a more productive craft than many of my other crafts, so he's pretty indulgent. I just have to knit him a little something every once in awhile to keep him happy :)

dmknits
01-12-2008, 03:44 PM
My husband would never say anything to me because he knows all I have to do is pull up a Quicken report that shows my hobby spending vs. his hobby spending. :teehee: My 2007 spending was only about $28; his spending was much higher than that.

boo1
01-12-2008, 05:12 PM
My husband would never say anything to me because he knows all I have to do is pull up a Quicken report that shows my hobby spending vs. his hobby spending. :teehee: My 2007 spending was only about $28; his spending was much higher than that.


$28????? I usually spend that much before I walk into the shop! Maybe I should hang out with you for a while, put a damper on this constant buying!

:)

Ingrid
01-12-2008, 06:04 PM
Yup, I just point out all the dusty power tools in the basement--including the duplicates. I, on the other hand, knit every day!

Jan in CA
01-12-2008, 06:49 PM
Yup, I just point out all the dusty power tools in the basement--including the duplicates. I, on the other hand, knit every day!

If her DH saw your stash it might kill him. :teehee:

knitpurlgurl
01-12-2008, 06:52 PM
If her DH saw your stash it might kill him. :teehee:

:roflhard:

susi
01-12-2008, 07:13 PM
haha this is a joy of being single, no one to have to justify anything to. i buy what i want all the time, its great :happydance: .

my ex would have had issues with it though, misserable git he was lol

i would love to spend $28 a year on knitting, wow can i come yar, shopping with you hehe.

am i yet to admit to currevt bf how much i spend, think he'd have heart failure, ah well, he can'ty say in years to come he didn't know

susi

Ingrid
01-12-2008, 07:35 PM
If her DH saw your stash it might kill him. :teehee:

:twisted:

Nah, he has seen it and he's still kickin'.:shrug:

Jan in CA
01-12-2008, 07:47 PM
:twisted:

Nah, he has seen it and he's still kickin'.:shrug:

"HER" DH, not yours. I know yours has seen it. Or most of it. :teehee:

Ingrid
01-12-2008, 07:55 PM
"HER" DH, not yours. I know yours has seen it. Or most of it. :teehee:

Maybe I need to show him the receipts!:figureditout:

bethany
01-12-2008, 08:21 PM
my dh said to me when I started knitting that he liked this much better than scrapbooking...less "stuff"....little does he know... :) I try to not gather too much because I just don't have the room, but I'm fairly new to all this too...and I just entered my stash on Ravelry and thought..."oh, it MULTIPLIES!" Now I get it...!

Shandeh
01-12-2008, 08:36 PM
Thanks to Ravelry, I now know that I have over 1000 skeins of yarn. And yet, it's still not enough! :teehee:

Today, I bought 5 more skeins of yarn at AC Moore, using a gift certificate from one of my piano students. Yesterday, I bought several at Hobby Lobby, with a gift card from ANOTHER piano student. I still have one card left - to Michaels! :)

And today, I got a birthday gift from my cousin. A $35 gift certificate for her yarn shop! :woohoo:

suzeeq
01-12-2008, 08:58 PM
You have a relative who owns a yarn shop...?! I hope you visit a lot and/or volunteer to knit samples or take unsold yarn off her hands for cost..... :drool:

Wanda Witch
01-12-2008, 10:30 PM
Since I seem to be the Vintage 'Knitter' here let me say something: A couple of weeks ago my so-called DH said, quote, "I'd like to see you finish something." I whipped around and told him point blank 'this is NOT about YOU, but it is what 'I' want to do.' Well, a few days ago, same thing, the old guy is 84 years old, garage filled with useless tools at his age, and I repeated this. No one has a right to tell another person, especially a man telling his wife who had done all the so-called 'fun' things in life she has too much yarn, fabric, handbags (oh yeah), shoes. It really bothers me when an intelligent woman stands for this nonsense. My DH and I had our 44th anniversary on December 7the day in infamy, but I still won't tolerate that. I will buy yarn and fabric - if it never gets done - who gives a tinker's damn!!!

photolady
01-12-2008, 10:41 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

OF COURSE YOU BUY YARN "JUST" TO BUY YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what you are supposed to do!! Tell him to find some REAL problems to worry about.

photolady
01-12-2008, 10:42 PM
You have a relative who owns a yarn shop...?! I hope you visit a lot and/or volunteer to knit samples or take unsold yarn off her hands for cost..... :drool:

FOR REAL! A relative?! oh my goodness!!

photolady
01-12-2008, 10:46 PM
I'm getting rid of an old bed, to make room for shelves for yarn.
My husband has to sit in the middle of bags and boxes of yarn, as I am clearing off the bed, which all the yarn sat on. The yarn is now surrounding his recliner, in his tv room. :)

He was seriously talking to me tonight, at dinner, about what kind of storage boxes or shelves we should get.
I want something like metal baskets, so I can see ALL the yarn, all the time, and know what I have.
So far, Lowe's only has wooden cubbies, and I don't know what Home Depot has.
Anybody have any suggestions? Does anyone sell clear bins, or clear cubbies?

yuyay
01-13-2008, 12:03 AM
My husband is now deciding which 8 or $900 grinder he's going to buy for his coffee habit. I have nothing to worry about, and I get to drink yummy home roasted cappuccinos as I knit. :cool:

yuyay
01-13-2008, 12:07 AM
He was seriously talking to me tonight, at dinner, about what kind of storage boxes or shelves we should get.

Why not get him to start a woodworkng hobby then you can kill two birds with one stone. :wink:

Dangles
01-13-2008, 03:27 AM
If her DH saw your stash it might kill him. :teehee:

:roflhard:

Dangles
01-13-2008, 03:30 AM
My husband is now deciding which 8 or $900 grinder he's going to buy for his coffee habit. I have nothing to worry about, and I get to drink yummy home roasted cappuccinos as I knit. :cool:

Mmm ... yummy home roasted cappuccinos :D Depending on the time of day it's either an Americano I whip up or some Rooibos tea.

Quiara
01-13-2008, 03:52 AM
I have knitterly friends who live very near - we support each other in our yarniness. ^_^ I have another friend who dyes yarn for a small business and she is always sending me boxes of either "oops" (gorgeous stuff that just didn't turn out exactly right) or new colorways to test on random days and then REALLY BIG boxes of yarn for birthdays, Christmas, New Year, St. Patrick's day.... Any other holiday she can summon. ^_^ It's fabulous.

... of course, that doesn't exactly stop me from buying yarn, now does it? ^_~

knitpurlgurl
01-13-2008, 06:26 AM
I will buy yarn and fabric - if it never gets done - who gives a tinker's damn!!!

Here, Here, sister! :roflhard:

knitpurlgurl
01-13-2008, 06:43 AM
He was seriously talking to me tonight, at dinner, about what kind of storage boxes or shelves we should get.
I want something like metal baskets, so I can see ALL the yarn, all the time, and know what I have.
So far, Lowe's only has wooden cubbies, and I don't know what Home Depot has.
Anybody have any suggestions? Does anyone sell clear bins, or clear cubbies?

I would love to use wooden cubes for wine bottles. They are deep enough and have an X in the middle of the cube for 4 different compartments. The only trouble is they are so expensive everywhere I have seen them. A friend of mine said that you can get wooden milk crates and line them with fabric and hang them on the wall in whatever configeration for a country look. I may do that.

Have you ever considered metal locker baskets (http://www.landofnod.com/family.aspx?c=870&f=1192)? This (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/7844947/index.cfm?clg=31&bnrid=3580201&cm_ven=Shopzilla&cm_cat=Shopping&cm_pla=Home%20page&cm_ite=Datafeed&flash=on&cm_ref=http%3A//www.bizrate.com/baby_kidsfurniture/products__keyword--locker+furniture.html) is for a kid's room, but this is a really cool storage idea too.

Karrying Kolor
01-13-2008, 08:00 AM
I walk into the house with another tell tale bag of yarn or a box arrives and I am always greeted with a smile and a rough diagram of my next project for HIM!
We have reached our "Happy Place" when it comes to yarn. :happydance:

photolady
01-13-2008, 01:52 PM
Why not get him to start a woodworkng hobby then you can kill two birds with one stone. :wink:

Oh, no, not another wood project. He builds like a maniac, and I hesitate to ask him to get involved in this one.
He built me a magazine box, and the thing was beautiful, but so heavy I couldn't move it!
I love him, though, he has a sweet heart.
I think we will get wire baskets, if we can find them. Ive decided my biggest concern about yarn storage is being able to constantly SEE what I have.
Right now, being in bags, I can't tell what I have.
Putting the yarn in wooden cubbies, isn't the solution, either.

Oh, btw, I love fresh ground coffee beans, for my coffee too.
I've been ordering from Stone Creek Coffees, in Wisconsin, for about 5 years. Their beans come vacuum sealed, and the beans have oil on them. They aren't all dried out, like the ones I've gotten from Barnies or other online coffee bean giver outers.
:-P

photolady
01-13-2008, 01:53 PM
I walk into the house with another tell tale bag of yarn or a box arrives and I am always greeted with a smile and a rough diagram of my next project for HIM!
We have reached our "Happy Place" when it comes to yarn. :happydance:

That's cool! My husband won't wear the newer hat I knitted for him. He insists on wearing the very FIRST hat I made him, which, to me, is a mess of stitches. He's so sentimental.

KathleenG
01-13-2008, 02:18 PM
Photolady,
Funny you should mention Stone Creek Coffee! I live right near their cafe. I didn't realize you could get their coffee in Florida. Good stuff! Small world!

losnana
01-13-2008, 02:57 PM
Since I seem to be the Vintage 'Knitter' here let me say something: A couple of weeks ago my so-called DH said, quote, "I'd like to see you finish something." I whipped around and told him point blank 'this is NOT about YOU, but it is what 'I' want to do.' Well, a few days ago, same thing, the old guy is 84 years old, garage filled with useless tools at his age, and I repeated this. No one has a right to tell another person, especially a man telling his wife who had done all the so-called 'fun' things in life she has too much yarn, fabric, handbags (oh yeah), shoes. It really bothers me when an intelligent woman stands for this nonsense. My DH and I had our 44th anniversary on December 7the day in infamy, but I still won't tolerate that. I will buy yarn and fabric - if it never gets done - who gives a tinker's damn!!!

My DH and I have "only" been married 40 years, and I agree with you 2000%!!!

Jaxhil
01-13-2008, 03:02 PM
LOL! AMEN!!! :D

Knit4Fun
01-13-2008, 03:35 PM
This thread has been so much fun to read...

I've only been knitting for about a month now, and in that time, I've acquired a decent size stash to play with, pet, feed, water and generally nurture - oh, and sometimes I make stuff too. ;)

My husband knows better than to criticize a passion of mine, but he has made some comments about finding all that yarn a good place to live in the house, so off I went to Michael's right after the holidays. I was considering saying something about his hobby - coin collecting and how at least my stuff can come out to play - his just sits in plastic covers forever! Yes, they are pretty to look at, but you cannot do a thing with them except buy and sell them! Then again, the cats don't bother HIM when he does whatever he does with his coins. Oh well, to each his or her own...

I found some beautiful wicker baskets with lids (I have the nosiest cat in the entire world who runs to me when she hears needles click, a row counter click or anything knitting related that makes even the slightest noise!) and figured that although they cost about $100 total, they were worth it and would make a beautiful display AND make DH happy. I brought them to the counter and the cashier checking them out rang up my yarn (had to buy more :aww: ) and a few supplies and then the baskets. The total should have been about $127...but he charged me $28. I said I was thrilled to pay that but showed him that the baskets should have cost $30, $30, $25 and $20. I didn't want him to get in trouble for undercharging me if they do that balance out the register thing at the end of his shift. He got the manager who couldn't figure out why they rang up 2 cents, 1 cent, 1 cent and 1 cent the second and third time too - so she gave them to me for the FIVE CENTS!

My first thought was thank God, what a great thing and my second thought was...I wonder what the rest of the baskets back there would ring up as...:teehee: - no I didn't buy more but will now probably need another large one. DH agreed since they are on display in a corner of our family room and without one more, they are a little short compared to the other furnishings in there. But one more only...promise!

I told DH my goal is to have no more stash than will fit in those baskets, so if I have more...I've gotta knit it down.

Hee hee...

Shandeh
01-13-2008, 04:43 PM
You have a relative who owns a yarn shop...?! I hope you visit a lot and/or volunteer to knit samples or take unsold yarn off her hands for cost..... :drool:
FOR REAL! A relative?! oh my goodness!!
Yes I do! My cousin, Sara, owns Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill, NC.
www.cottageyarninc.com (http://www.cottageyarninc.com)
I DO knit samples for her. I made a christening gown, and I'm now working on a cabled baby sweater. :)
I want something like metal baskets, so I can see ALL the yarn, all the time, and know what I have.
So far, Lowe's only has wooden cubbies, and I don't know what Home Depot has.
Anybody have any suggestions? Does anyone sell clear bins, or clear cubbies?
I use clear bins, with pull-out drawers, in my craft room.
They are made by Yaffa. Love them! :heart:
I found some beautiful wicker baskets with lids......and figured that although they cost about $100 total.........I brought them to the counter and the cashier checking them out ..........they rang up 2 cents, 1 cent, 1 cent and 1 cent the second and third time too - so she gave them to me for the FIVE CENTS!
What a great deal! :woohoo:

photolady
01-14-2008, 10:31 AM
Photolady,
Funny you should mention Stone Creek Coffee! I live right near their cafe. I didn't realize you could get their coffee in Florida. Good stuff! Small world!

Yes, I get them to mail it to me. I have relatives in Milwaukee and Racine, too.

photolady
01-14-2008, 10:33 AM
my sock knitting progress is in the "Using silver's sock tutorial" thread, here. Some nice Russian ladies have come by to help.

:mrgreen:

msoebel
01-14-2008, 11:19 AM
My darling doesn't understand my desire to knit or my love of yarn at all. He stares at me blankly when he (accidentally) asks me how it's going. His eyes start to roll back into his head when I talk about garter, stockinette, seed stitches and yarn overs.

But we have come to an agreement. I have one room of the house that is mine. I may use whatever means necessary to store yarn in that one room...and he will not complain about it.

And I won't mention the tools in our storage unit that he keeps buying, but doesn't have the time to use.:teehee: