Since returning from DC for the Supernatural convention it has been a difficult few weeks. As many of you know, I suffer from chronic migraines, depression, and anxiety - the unholy trinity is when they all converge and also lead to the fourth ailment - OCD.
My migraines have been awful since coming home, I have had to miss several days of work (both my acutal job, and my fun yarn job), and even now I am working from home to try to ease back into the groove and I'm not back to 100%. However, because I have had the unholy trinity recently, I also indulged my OCD, which comes to yarn collecting.
A follower on Instagram and I were commenting on this yesterrday when I posted a meme about with the amount of yarn I have purchased I should be ashamed - I should be, but I'm not. She said that she looks at it this way - no one thinks twice about the amount of paint an artist has because that is what he uses for his palatte, and this is merely my palatte by which I can express myself.
As I thought about what she said, I thought that makes perfect sense. Of course, it doesn't make sense to my husband or father who think that I need to be nominated for an episode of Hoarders for the amount of yarn I have in my house. However, the more I thought about it, the more it really did make sense.
Now, I could be finding a legitimate way to rationalize what I know is my OCD (and Black Friday sales, and not being able to do much of anything), but the more I thought about it, the more it really made sense.
Here's the thing: I know my prices are not inexpensive. I know that people could go to Wal-Mart or Target and easily be able to buy a stuffed animal for a fraction of the price that I charge. But, I also know that even if I make 200 of the same character (I have not done that yet, by the way), no two will ever be identical: yarn lots will be different, fabric will be different, the way I stuffed something that day could be different. So even if two people in the same family receive two of an item there always will be something that makes that item unique to the person, and I do think there is something to be said for that - it's the reason that despite my love affair with Amazon, I do try to buy from smaller businesses more and more when I can.
So, what I try to do is I try to make my Luvvies worth the extra money people are spending - I try to find yarns that are particularly soft, or that are unique in themselves, or that provide a certain texture to add character to the item. And yes, I have my "go to" companies. I think I have mentioned before I adore Paintbox Yarns and Knit Picks and use those primarily in what I create (side note, I am not affiliated with either and do not receive any compensation or product from this mention, it is just my opinion based on yarns I have bought for myself). But, despite having these favorites, I don't want to close myself off from the possibility of there being something else out there that could be even better.
What does all this mean and how does it relate to my OCD and Black Friday?
Well, since I have been home, I have been watching a lot of You Tube and have been watching a lot of yarn unboxing videos (particularly from Bag-O-Day Crochet - you should check out her channel it is awesome), and have been curious to try some of these yarns that I'm seeing. And what a coincidence, it is getting close to Black Friday, so I am getting emails from every yarn company and their brother about sales, so of course I have to try things...which is what I have been doing.
I know my family will be ready to ban me from the Interwebs, but I have ordered some different yarns from some different companies, and I probably will be sharing my experiences with these yarns with you - for your enjoyment - and it will be interesting to see - going forward - what I can make with these. I am very much looking forward to sharing all the goodies with you in upcoming posts.
If you are curious about the unboxing immediately and want to see more of what I got, hop over to Instagram (@lilluvvies), and see as they come in.
Just don't tell my family :-)
Hugs and cuddles,