Cognitive Dissonance...

Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable mental feeling you get when you have two conflicting ideas at the same time. I am feeling this right now. The conflict is between my desire to not spend too much money on anything that isn't a necessity and the fact that my LYS is having a HUGE 50% tent sale with all kinds of great yarns.

I am trying to convince myself that yarn is a necessity, and while in some ways it is, I know that in the overall grand scheme of things it isn't as I still have quite a stash full of yarn at home waiting to be used.

Sigh... cognitive dissonance... how I love/hate thee!


rc_in_sd's picture

Sorry to tell you this (though I'm sure you already know) - this is not the forum where anyone is going to talk you out buying yarn. The current site name was shortened from "Men Who Knit and the Enablers Who Love".

In fact, I'm looking at plane fares next. Where is this store?

Best of luck with your decision/purchases!

TheKnittingMill's picture

LOL!!!!! Right????

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I had to disillusion you, but I can tell others not to buy stash. It makes me feel smug about NOT buying any for myself, either. LOL And Mill, I hope that it is also a joking remark. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm generally very frugal save two areas of and yarn!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Personally, I hate to buy shoes. That's why I have several pair in the wings and tend to wear the same couple of pairs until they wear out. That way I don't have to shop for them very often. As to Yarn...Well, there's a valid reason why I'm afraid to have my various stashes meet up with my UFO pile. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

bobinthebul's picture

I have a sneaking suspicion that he knew he was walking into a nest of enablers, and that he knew what he had to do, well before he actually logged in. :) :) :)

MMario's picture

When in doubt - listen to the yarn.

When a yarn calls out to you, it's fate.

But don't buy it just because it's on sale.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Yarn IS a necessity. If you love it and it is on sale, BUY IT. There just may come a dry spell when money is really tight, but you won't mind 'cause you will be having a Big Stash Of Yarn to see you through. This is a Truism---I have been there and done that and been glad of the yarn!!!

Crafty Andy's picture

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Well I say you will feel better if you have a project for it. I will have to say that I have not bought any yarn that I have not used since February, I got two skeins of Kauni and I am hoping to use those in the fall. If you spin your own yarn, then you have to balance. I have a bag full of yarn I spun, from silk to camel and hope to use it, or sell it. One thing I can tell you, I have gotten more free yarn than bought. I keep natural colored yarn for ever, love my pygora/bfl blends and the alpaca rainbow of colors, but commercially available yarn is ther all the time.

AKQGuy's picture

50 percent... Maybe just one sweaters worth? I'm an awesome enabler. Thats why i should never date drunks or pot heads. I've been known to hand them a beer in the morning to stop the whining...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Does this explain the "It's okay to buy a bottle..." comment in Boulder? Thank you for not pushing the issue when I declined to follow up. A heavy duty enabler wouldn't have let it drop...or would've bought it for me. [Thank you, too, for not doing that.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Tallguy's picture

I have to tell you that the Universe will often present to you things that you require -- either now or in the future. It is up to you to recognize this fact, and accept it. If it has shown you this LYS with these fantastic prices, are you going to thumb your nose at the all-knowing universe? That is just tempting the gods, and they will never be kind to you again! No, it is your duty -- dare I say obligation -- to give a good home to as much yarn as you can carry out of that shop.

I know whereof I speak. I've rescued many a homeless ball of yarn, and they have lived long and happy lives in my home. You never know when you will need THAT colour, or THAT weight of yarn, or THAT specific fibre. Be prepared.

Britannic's picture

Oh, I already knew coming into that post that the overwhelming majority, if not the entirety, of the members of this site would side with the "buy the yarn" side of the two competing ideas. And, I did. I got close to $200 worth of yarn for $88. There were a couple of yarns that were in the $1 & $2 piles as well as in the 50% off piles that I have ideas and projects for. So, I got enough yarn for two upcoming sweater projects that I want to do as well as my first sock project (knitting 3 years and I've still not knitted a pair -- or half a pair -- of socks).

The store owner even let me put a whole bag of yarn aside that I was debating on buying for a new baby project.

So, thanks again for the support and enabling! I needed it and I'm glad I went and bought what I did.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Yep yep! Well Done!

rc_in_sd's picture

Oh, I love a happy ending!