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The Benefits of Not Having a Local Yarn Store

I'm a bit of an impulsive crafter. I'll carry around an idea in the back of my mind for quite a while, mulling it over, considering the possiblities. But, one day something will snap and all of a sudden I have to start something right that second.

For example, I started thinking that I need to knit Anna a new sweater when things started getting a little chilly in September. I brainstormed a few ideas, looked at a few patterns, and then forgot about it while I worked on Christmas presents. I thought about it again right after I finished the final Christmas present. I spent the next few weeks thinking about options, looking at more patterns, looking at potential yarns.

Monday, I looked at my daughter- wearing her two year old sweater.

(How it used to fit, in case you're curious. And, seriously- this kid just keeps getting taller!)

She refuses to stop wearing it. She refuses to go shopping for a new sweater. She's got other sweaters but she doesn't love them like she loves this one.

That was it. I needed to make her a new sweater and I needed to start right then. There's just one problem- I have no place local to buy good yarn. There's JoAnn's and Michael's if I'm making something I don't really care about. But, we're talking sweater for my firstborn here. If tradition holds, she's going to be wearing it every cold day for the next two years. I needed good quality yarn and that means my only option was ordering it online. And even with paying extra for expedited shipping, that meant waiting three days for it to arrive. Three days of waiting anxiously to cast on.

But I've decided to look on the bright side of things. So, here's my list of:

Things To Do While Waiting For Your Yarn Order to Arrive-

1. Actually finish your last project instead of shoving it in a bag ten rows and a pompom from completion and forgetting about it for a few years.

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Basic Norwegian Star Hat

2. Purchase and print your pattern. Carefully read through it, marking the size correct size and any tricky bits. Or briefly skim the first page of it and convince yourself this counts as a thorough reading.  Dig through your school supply box and find a nice clear page protector to slip the pattern in to.

3.Check and make sure you have the required knitting needles. Decide that your beat up metal needles aren't going to cut it for some reason. Go buy some slightly longer and much nicer bamboo circular needles. Actually take the time to do the hot water trick to straighten out the cable.

4. Find all the notions you'll need and toss them into your project basket. Take your stitch markers back out. Decide they're not pretty enough and make some new ones.

5. Pace

6. Track the package no fewer than three times a day.

7. Bake a cake and eat it.

8. Second guess your pattern choice. Endlessly search Ravelry looking for a better one. Resign yourself to using the one you've already bought, printed and prepared for.

9. Second guess your yarn choice. Endlessly search the internet for a better one. Resign yourself to using the one that you've already bought and is slowly on it's way to you.

An added bonus- by the time your yarn arrives, you will be so obsessed with us that you will immediately cast on and knit obsessively for two straight days, effectively making up for any lost time.

Who am I kidding? Waiting is absolute torture. Go to your local yarn store right now and spend some money so hopefully this will never happen to you.


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