” I don’t need any more yarn.” It’s the common reply to “is there anything I can help you with today?” I usually smile and say, “but it’s not about need.”

Sometimes I get curious about the meaning of words, as opposed to common usage, so I pull out Webster and take a look. There were many, however a few definitions seem to apply uniquely to knitters.

I. Lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful.

This could mean your stash is getting low or more likely the yarn you need for your next project is not in your stash. Possibly there is a yarn that will work, it’s just not what you want. For this piece you covet something more distinguished, perhaps a one of a kind, hand-dyed to make your creation really special.

II. Condition requiring supply or relief.

So you have finished one, maybe two of those projects that were hanging around. Now you get to replenish, resupply without feeling guilty. No need to sheepishly sneak your yarn into the house. Oops, baaad pun.

III. To be in want.

You see it, you touch it, you can’t put it down. Some yarns are like Sirens. They call out, you two were fated to be together. Very little arm twisting is necessary.

Finally my favorite: Physiological or psychological requirement for the well being of an organism.

To me this is interpreted as, buying yarn that makes you feel good is simply “food for the soul”.

There was a time when we knit to make less expensive clothing than we could buy. Now, with raw materials and production and shipping costs the scale is not always tipped toward the local yarn shop. We knit because we love it. Therefore we should use yarns that bring us contentment and joy.

When I think of how few yarns were available to me, as a child, compared to the myriad of fibers, textures and colors that are on the market today, I am indeed grateful. No matter how large or small your stash, as knitters there is one thing we all  know. Buying more yarn is rarely ever about “need”.

Smile, relax and knit,


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  3 comments for “Need

  1. June 30, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    I can relate to number 3. For me the act of knitting is more important than the end result and so the feel and appearance of the yarn is an integral part of the enjoyment (as is working on my favourite pair of needles).


  2. June 12, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I love the colors in the yarns in this photo. Wow!!!!


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