So today I went to a friend's b-day dinner out in the west end. Had Schezwan food at a place on W. 10th Ave. When I left the restaurant, the Fuzzball (a.k.a. the bf) smiled at me and gestured to the right of him. 2 stores down was Urban Yarns. I can't believe I missed the store completely as I went into the restaurant. Le sigh. I guess it was a good thing that the store closed at 5:30pm so there wasn't another chance for me to cheat on my 'yarn diet'.
What is this 'yarn diet' that I'm talking about? Well, it's a self-imposed restriction of buying yarn for the rest of this year (with the exception of emergency project yarn and vacation yarn). After the little 'yarn accident' at a fave LYS (local yarn store) during their belated boxing day sale, I realized I have more yarn in my stash than I have time to knit. While one never discloses the actual size of their stash, I can say that I have enough yarn to last me for quite some time. Thus, the self-imposed yarn diet so that I could reduce some of my stash weight.
Unfortunately, a trip to the same LYS with the sole purpose of buying a ball winder resulted in me cheating on my yarn diet. Going into a yarn store (with yummy yarns and sales) unsupervised is very dangerous, especially since I haven't fed my yarn stash for over 3 months. The damage wasn't too bad, nothing my credit card couldn't handle. Now before I get the whole "tsk tsk" from those who read this blog, I will say this: It was 50% off and it was 100% silk and 100% cotton. At least it's not more sock yarn.
I hope that there will be no more moments of weakness during the rest of the year. I'll be going to the Victoria Fibre Festival / Knit Out this year with my friend Jay and I'll be putting a budget as to much I can spend on yarn at this festival. I know I won't be able to resist the variety of hand-dyed, hand-spun, artisan yarns so instead of splurging, I'll be limiting myself to a budget. So with that and vacation yarn (yarn that is bought while out of town), I think I'll be good for the rest of the year.