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October 11, 2017 at 10:14 am
Ha! I agree, buy the yarn!
October 11, 2017 at 10:21 am
Life is short,,, buy the yarn ?
October 11, 2017 at 10:17 am
Bahahahah! So true!
You are buying a house. Save money
Sigh. Buy the yarn.
October 11, 2017 at 10:20 am
Us crafty people need to make sure our stash is properly stocked. Buy the yarn. ?
Haha totally! I’m a “buy the yarn” girl, in my case too much fabric for sewing.
Buy the yarn.
If Gordon complains? Show him the list of all the yarn you DIDN’T buy.
Problem solved ?
Mary Beth says
October 11, 2017 at 10:59 am
Oooooo, I’m guilty of this one. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t.
Chris T. says
October 11, 2017 at 10:27 am
Wait unto after the move, then buy the yarn! One less thing to move. Or buy the yarn and time it to be delivered to the new house . . .
October 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm
Just what I was thinking. One less box to pack.
Speaking as someone who moved last year.
October 11, 2017 at 10:30 am
Maybe your besties should SEND you a gift card to buy the fabulous yarn? Lol
October 11, 2017 at 10:32 am
Yes! Yarn as a house-warming gift.
October 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm
That’s a fantastic idea. I now have visions of Ilona receiving box after box of luxurious yarn for her house warming and Gordon scratching his head wondering where in the hell it will end up.
October 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm
You know…..like that Star Trek ‘Trouble with Tribbles’ episode. 😀
Patricia Schlorke says
October 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Especially when the storage hatch is opened by Kirk, and out comes all the tribbles! Replace Kirk with either Ilona or Gordon, the storage hatch with a closet, and yarn for tribbles and voila! A new authorlord story. ?
I am always available to receive boxes of scrap yarn and destash in CO. I’ll even pay for shipping :p
Also it’s so cool that you’re friends with Thea Harrison. I like her books!
October 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm
I like Thea Harrison’s books too.
Thea gives good advice. Buy the yarn. The expensive yarns are worth it : )
October 11, 2017 at 10:33 am
You are strong!!! Slay those yarn monsters! Avoid buying the yarn 🙂 There will always be lots of pretty yarn to buy once you move in. Getting close to the holidays – it is something Gordon could buy for you then.
My father is very hard to buy for – I can’t tell you how many times I had a gift picked out for a special occasion for him and then he goes and buys it for himself just before birthday / Christmas etc. Arggghhh!!
October 11, 2017 at 11:48 am
I agree ?
October 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm
My dad did the same thing. Hence why he had two golf bags one year.
October 11, 2017 at 10:36 am
Buy the yarn once you close the house and make it yours 🙂
In fact you should make a trip to both yarn locations~!~
Buy the yarn. It will give you comfort in a stressful time.
October 11, 2017 at 10:41 am
With things the way they are in the world I say buy the yarn! #nothelpful #sorry
Betsy Copeland says
October 11, 2017 at 10:46 am
You have to move the yarn if you buy it…just sayin’……
October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am
OMg the angel and the devil :))))
Barbara erwin says
Buy the yarn. Life is short. And buying yarn will not prevent house purchase!
Helenmary Cody says
October 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
I thought you were buying the house to have more room for yarn? 🙂
Bridget Munch says
October 11, 2017 at 10:52 am
After you purchase, move,and unpack your house buy the yarn!
October 11, 2017 at 10:55 am
Yarn is therapy. Buying a house is stressful. Buy the yarn for your sanity’s sake…
October 11, 2017 at 10:58 am
Lol, the best kind of friends to have – no matter what you decide, one of them will think you’ve done the right thing!
yarn, stress, yarn=stress relief. small project…. You have a lot of things going on, a little stress relief may help.
October 11, 2017 at 11:42 am
October 11, 2017 at 11:02 am
This is so my friends!
October 11, 2017 at 11:08 am
Use up some of your stash of yarn before it gets wrecked by moths or silverfish or spiders. (I had problem finishing a project because two balls of the wool had been attacked and were ‘cut’ in multiple places.)
October 11, 2017 at 11:16 am
Love it! I say order it so it arrives at the new house as your own house warming gift!
October 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Nice compromise!! and I agree. Celebratory yarn purchase leaves no guilt!!
October 11, 2017 at 11:22 am
Buy the yarn! Leave it out in a glorious pile so all those colours dazzle and inspire you – until the cats discover it 🙂 My passion is embroidery thread. I’ve had to get a glass topped coffee table to put it all in so I could enjoy the colours together and not have the cats take off with it.
October 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm
That is soooo clever!
October 11, 2017 at 11:26 am
How will your new house be a home without lots and lots of yarn?
October 11, 2017 at 11:33 am
Now, see, you just have to be creative. You’re not buying the yarn to make stuff; you’re buying the yarn the secure the moving boxes. You’re just going to be thrifty afterwards and re-use the yarn to make stuff.
See, it’s all in how you spin the purchase.
October 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Yarn as packing material! Genius!
Sidney Shaola says
October 11, 2017 at 11:34 am
I say, buy the yarn. You’ve had a pretty hard year deadline wise and now house hunting. Treat yourself. Get the yarn!
October 11, 2017 at 11:57 am
LOL. 3rd option: Looking and enjoying the yarn, while making a list of the ones you will get after the move, aaand only after the move. It will all be worth it. Dream house is found. There will be plenty of time to fill it with more yarn.
Karen Everett says
October 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm
You proved in your book, that wool yarn knitted into a sweater even when wet kept your heroine warm and alive. Ergo, your baste yarn knowledge = business expense! So buy the yarn. Plus I just wanted to use the word ergo.
October 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm
In another book a blow torch was almost used on a tangled yarn project. So, it’s all in perspective.
October 11, 2017 at 12:07 pm
Truth! I’m fortunate enough to have a healthy mix of both kinds. <3
October 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Did you know that there is yarn in the Orkney Islands of Scotland made from the wool of sheep that eat seaweed? It’s natural color is very unique! Not to put temptation in your way or anything . . . .
October 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm
um, so I listened to my “buy the yarn” friend, and now I have a 55gal tub full of yarn…and still no scarves. Sometimes I’ll open the tub, pull out a skein, rub it on my face and say “you are so soft, i wish you were a scarf”
October 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm
Lollolololol ….I’m sorry- this totally cracked me up
October 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm
But the damn yarn. It’ll give you something constructive to do instead of worrying how to pay for the house. Plus, if you make wonderful handcrafted gifts you’ll save money on Christmas presents. And the amount you save on yarn really won’t impact the mortgage. Won’t even make a dent on any of the inspections. Buy the yarn.
A good friend will come bail you out in the middle of the night. Your best friend is sitting right next to you in the same cell
I was always in the latter camp.
October 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm
It’s sad to realize that for, like, a whole social circle, I was always the person they figured would come and bail them out in the middle of the night. (Mind you, their idea of trouble was a patch on the trouble *I* like to get into. So boring. So much is about finding the right compatriots.)
October 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm
Heh. I didn’t clue into the title of the post until just now.
So as someone else above implied, Elizabeth is the angel on the shoulder and Thea is the devil on the other shoulder. Or as in AndrewC’s example, Elizabeth is the friend paying your bail, and Thea is the one sitting next to you in jail saying, “Damn, that was fun. Let’s do it again!” (I’ve read her books and get her newsletter; I can see Thea saying exactly that!)
October 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm
There will always be beautiful yarn available to buy. Take care of business first (buying the house), then reward yourself later with the new yarn.
October 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm
Buy the Yarn! You can never have enough yarn, what if you need just That Color, Texture, Weight to finish and yet to be started project?!? O_O Buy the Yarn. LOL
K Cheree Hulsman says
October 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm
But you need a new knitted scarf for the portrait in front of your house.
Make the kids buy you yarn for being a great mother. 😀
October 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm
Think of thenice things you can make with the nice yarn for the new house. Save money? Somebody else will get it. Enjoy it
October 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Buy the yarn. You may feel guilty for two seconds, but the happiness the new yarn will bring will last forever. Not to mention the joy of creating something with it. Don’t listen to the posts that Gordon will buy it for you. There will always be beautiful yarn. He can still buy some for you.
October 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm
Buy the yarn, you will regret it if you don’t, then make something fabulous for the new house! SCORE!
Dawn Marie Page says
October 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Buy the Yarn! Even if you just pet it and whisper to it. What a pretty yarn!
October 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm
Resist, because then even if you buy some of the yarn, you will enjoy it all the more. And be glad you don’t have my sister’s cat, who only likes the expensive yarn, and will dig down to the bottom of the basket to pull it out and play with.
Pat Crouch says
October 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm
Moving stuff sucks. Wait till after.
haha see you are loved 🙂
Jocelyn Malone says
October 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm
What’s funny is I read all three authors’ works, and those three attitudes/viewpoints right there are definitely reflected in the authorial underpinnings of the different books and series :-D. Some things shine true in your work or your play!
October 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm
Buy HALF the yarn and put half toward the house money…. I bought the quilt that way….LOL
Nena C. says
October 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm
I have to repeat that mantra to myself everytime new books from my favorite authors are released. Needless to say my TBR queue of ebooks is at 100+. Look at it this way, a yarn addiction (or a book addiction) is much better for you than a drug or alcohol addiction.
October 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm
That’s what my mom always use to say. She got me to be a bookaholic too. ?
October 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm
If the yarn makes you happy then go ahead and buy it, the world won’t stop and the house sale will proceed! Happy Ilona results in happy Gordon results in more writing! ?
October 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm
I’m wearing a shirt today that reads “Not buying yarn is like not breathing!”
Fan in California says
October 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Ooooh, here’s another reason. You’re buying a new house and you’re going to repaint parts of it, which means you need to buy yarn so you can make cozies (sp?) and other doodads that coordinate with the paint color you’re going with. So you’re pre-decorating the new house. 😛
October 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
There’s a knitting meme that says something along the lines of, “If someone tells you you don’t need to buy any more yarn, unfriend them immediately. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.” 🙂
October 11, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Do you want some yarn? I have reached that point where I’m never going to be able to use the yarn I have purchased. Would love to destash for a good cause to my favorite author!
October 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm
Buy the yarn AFTER the move. One less thing to unpack, misplace or forgot what box it was in. My husband is the Buy it now friend. I never express interest for anything in front of him. If I dont buy it for myself he will get it. To save us from going broke I stay really quiet.
October 12, 2017 at 3:23 am
Bahahaha your husband is the real MVP
October 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm
I am with Thea. Buy the yarn and have it delayed for shipping to your new home.
October 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm
If you buy yarn now then you will not get to buy the really cool yarn coming out for Christmas. Wait for cool yarn. I guess you can tell that I do not knit. I admire people who do.
October 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Buy the yarn. Now or later, buy the yarn.
Because yarn has to be knit or woven or in general used, it’s a really excellent purchase, containing in and of itself both immediate (yay yarn!!) and delayed (knit/woven/crocheted item!!) gratification. Buy the yarn.
October 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm
Great purchase if you have an immediate need for it. Buy cool yarn now if you have a project; wait until after move to buy cool yard to hoard for “some day”.
October 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Hahahah! I’m totally more the Thea Harrison type.
Karen B says
October 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Buy the yarn. You need the stress release with all the hoops you are jumping through to get your dream home.
October 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm
And both are great!!!! ?
October 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm
Three kinds of friends. The third gives you a gift certificate to the yarn store. 🙂
October 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Susan B says
October 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm
This is why all of your friends are my favorite authors. Y’all are awesome. Good luck with the being responsible; it sucks sometimes, lol.
October 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
I say buy the yarn… you need a way to relax and nothing relaxes like good fiber.
October 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm
Buy the yarn. Life always happens so make sure to give yourself joy in moments.
October 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
People line up to spend your money for you. You kids, your spouse, charities, utilities, the bank, the list goes on. I’m with Thea, buy the wool.
October 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm
At first glance I wondered what kind of fancy yams you have down in the States…
October 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm
That’s a good one. Loved it.
October 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm
Depends on how much Whole Foods thinks they can get away with.
October 11, 2017 at 7:56 pm
To get the yarn or not to get the yarn, that is the question (channeling a little Shakespeare right now).
Pros of getting yarn now: look at it, pet it, be happy you got it before winter sets in.
Cons of getting yarn now: moving yarn from one place to another, not using it right away, Gordon possibly running out the back door saying “yarn is a four letter word!”
Did you know yarn can be a swear word? It was in my family since my mom would buy so much of it she gave it away to a friend.
October 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Hmm, depends on the options. Is there an equal urge to eat chocolate, drink margaritas, and buy expensive chandeliers for the new bathroom? In that case, buying yarn would definitely be the healthier choice. Just sayin’.
October 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Thea rocks , love her books, love her advice buy the yarn and made Thea a scarf!!
Rhyn Gabriel says
October 12, 2017 at 1:16 am
LOL – oh that’s good! But make that 3 kinds of friends. “Expensive yarn? Hmmm – define expensive…”
Peregrine Watkins-Field says
October 12, 2017 at 1:31 am
As somebody onece said: “With great power comes great responsibility”! Having your own home/inn would give you the great power but responsibility? – That is learned not bought. Having said that, just remember that with great responsibility can come great boredom unless you occasionally throw responsibility to the winds and indulge yourself in your cravings!
I’m sure you will make the right choice in the end. Hey! – You can always knit the wall coverings for that extra room!
October 12, 2017 at 3:40 am
Or…you could ask Santa.
October 12, 2017 at 4:13 am
We really need both kinds of friends in or lives – the kind sitting in the jail cell with us, and the kind who comes and bails us out – don’t we?!
If buying the yarn will make you happy & help you distress, then buy it!
If buying the yarn will make you momentarily happy, then be a source of guilt and added stress later, wait to but it until you close.
Either way, buy it!!!!! Just depends on when. ?
October 12, 2017 at 4:15 am
Okay – correction here. I meant de-stress, not “distress”. HATE autocorrect!!!
October 12, 2017 at 4:25 am
Life is short, buy the yarn!
Maçı hangi kanalda says
October 12, 2017 at 4:45 am
October 12, 2017 at 6:25 am
Well I’d be the “buy the yarn” friend, especially since my thought is if the yarn is on sale for less then $2 then it doesn’t count (in terms of what I’m buying). Which means when I go to my yarn store with a coupon for 20% off everything, I leave with at least 2 large bags of yarn….
October 12, 2017 at 6:45 am
Dang girl, how much yarn do you buy?
October 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm
Umm “a lot.” I crochet blankets for Moffitt’s cancer center and at Christmas for nursing homes, so that accounts for quite a bit of my “sale” yarn. So about 24+ blankets a year (they are only 42″ by 42″ approx). I make dresses for my great niece. I also keep the “ends” and will do a scrap blanket once a year because it takes forever to make the “ball.” (You cut the scrap into 1-2.5 foot pieces and tie them together randomly and make a ball to crochet from. Then you crochet so that all the loose ends are on one side, so you have a fuzzy and a smooth side. Looks awesome and no ends to sew in, which I love).
October 12, 2017 at 6:58 am
My daughter “de-stashed” before she moved. She posted a picture of her new room when she got settled. It has a armoir full of yarn. So, even de-stashing doesn’t help a yarn addict. However, it is a “relatively” harmless addiction, compared to some. Buy the yarn. Running your fingers over it and squishing it in your hands is supposedly as de-stressing as petting a cat or dog.
October 12, 2017 at 6:59 am
I used to go broke buying books. I could never deny myself. Lucky for me I discovered the library or I’d be eating mac ‘n cheese everyday.
October 12, 2017 at 7:40 am
Once you become part of the Writer’s knitting Mafia you can never leave. If you try they leave a sheep’s head knitted out of horseshoe in your bed 🙂
October 12, 2017 at 7:42 am
Sorry should be horse hair darn auto correct.
October 12, 2017 at 8:40 am
Darling, You have to leave something for your house warming. Your friends will want to celebrate your wonderful new palace just as much as you want to show them your favorite features. (ie The shiny new toaster over the bath,…) Buy the house, throw a party, still get the yarn! Win, Win, Win!
October 12, 2017 at 9:08 am
Well, to play devil’s advocate and just ridiculously logical. You could potentially be moving soon- and if you do, you will be SO busy you will not have time to knit whatever item you are thinking that expensive yarn will be perfect for. By the time you get unpacked, organized, etc…. you will have a new item you will be hot to make, and have your eye on a different yarn(also probably expensive cause it’s so much nicer than crappy yarn). The confusion and guilt ferrets will chew you up and not allow you to enjoy the new project as much as you want to because the stuff you want to buy now will be sitting there, taunting you. Just let this expensive yarn go…..if you want it after the move, it will still be there. And you will enjoy it even more. That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂
SUZANNE ROTHCHILD says
October 12, 2017 at 9:14 am
Solution: Buy the yarn after you move into the house, that way you won’y have to pack & unpack it.
Katie S says
October 12, 2017 at 9:31 am
Being “responsible” is highly overrated. Buy the yarn NOW…for it may be sold out tomorrow! Besides, it is lightweight so it won’t add much to the move.
October 12, 2017 at 9:40 am
Totally funny! People crack me up!!
30 book a month reader says
October 12, 2017 at 11:06 am
Buy the yarn!!! YOLO!!!
Silver Drallion says
October 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm
In your new house, have 1 room for yarn. Just 1 room. 5henbyou can see it, touch it, FIND it whenever you need a yarn fix. And stash all your new yarn fixes, um, I mean purchses……. ????
October 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm
Go Thea! Now that’s my kinda friend.
October 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm
I third the comment to buy the yarn after the move. I do not know which is more stressful, buying a home or moving, but I suspect the latter. Minimize the amount of stuff you have to move. Then, when you getting tired packing or unpacking the nth box, you can triumphantly think “At least we don’t have to pack the extra yarn!”
Then, when the move is mostly complete, you can celebrate by buying yarn.
October 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
Go Thea Harrison! Not moving yarn has its advantages, but didn’t you say there were two cool yarn stores close to the new house? You can give yourself treats each time you go to take care of something.
There is also the option of using Amazon’s handy Universal Wish List button to mark the yarn you would like to have so you can pick it now but get it for Xmas or other gift-giving occasion.
October 13, 2017 at 8:05 am
Life is too short. Buy the Yarn!
October 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm
I’m the second kind, I don’t even have to know a person to enable them to buy yarn. I convinced a lady to buy a fleece she was waffling on at the recent fiber festival.
October 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm
If you use the yarn for research purposes – Kate’s new hobby while pregnant. After all, Conlan will need a baby blanket – the yarn becomes a tax deduction.
October 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm
The best kind of friend would buy the yarn for you. #LoveEnablers
October 14, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Buy yarn after the move so you know just how much you need to fill up all the closets, nooks and cranies.
In the mean time look at yarn porn to get your fix.
October 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm
I found something I thought you might enjoy…combining two things you like to do.
October 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm
My mental author image of Thea Harrison from now until the end of time will be a chibi TH with little devil horns and bat wings fluttering over a cartoon shoulder. I will not be able to consume anymore of her fabulous works without laughing hysterically whenever I see her author photo. Definitely having a laugh over this one!