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October 08, 2018 3 min read 21 Comments

I would say that 90% of the customers that come into the shop will say something like this within the first 2 minutes “Oh, I really don’t need any more yarn” or “I already have so many projects on the go” or “I really shouldn’t buy yarn”.

Here’s the thing. Good yarn isn’t cheap. And nobody knits anymore to save money on clothes. But that’s the beauty of it. We don’t knit because we have to. We knit because we want to. And the benefits of knitting are priceless.

Seriously, name another “addiction” in your life that has so many amazing benefits and almost no negative side-effects at all. Can you?

I’m sure you’ve read it all before – it’s been so well tested and documented. The benefits of knitting include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Relieve anxiety and depression
  • Social outlet
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Reduce/postpone dementia
  • Stress reduction
  • Lessen risk of stress-induced diseases
  • Sense of purpose
  • Portability
  • Reduce insomnia
  • Build community
  • Process grief
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Colour therapy

In fact, one of the biggest contributors to just about every health and mental malady that is on the rise today is to do with being over-adrenalised. Information overload, fast living, stress. We live in a constant state of fight or flight, and don’t give our systems time to relax and repair.

Knitting helps you live longer and happier. In fact, these days, the only negative associated with knitting (and by knitting, I mean knitting & crochet), is the effect on your bank balance.

But let’s look at this properly.

A very expensive, top-notch splurge on a ball of cashmere might set you back £25. Add the pattern and pair of good needles, and you might have just spent £35 on a project to make a lacey cowl, or a pair of luxury mitts.

That project will take you anywhere from 10 hours to 40 hours to complete. That equates to 88p - £3.50 per hour that you might be spending on improving your entire body, mind and soul! 88p on living a much MUCH happier life, and really doing something you love.

Isn’t that worth it? Otherwise what else are we here for?

And yes, it’s a little predictable, I guess, for a Yarn Shop owner to tell you it’s ok for you to go spend some more money, but what I’m trying to say is stop feeling guilty for buying nice yarn. Don’t do that! There is almost nothing better that you could spend it on.

Seriously, once you’ve paid for food and shelter and security, why not spend some of your hard earned moolah on stuff you actually enjoy. That coffee you buy every morning costs you £24/hour in enjoyment factor. That’s 2700% more expensive than the cashmere scarf project.

AND you’re also making your own stuff instead of supporting a sweat-shop. You’re using natural fibers instead of polluting yourself and the planet with more plastic-synthetic-cancer-causing materials, and you’re supporting farmers, indie dyers and independent businesses.

Plus with knitting & crochet you have a hobby you can do almost anywhere, anytime (unlike baking, or playing piano or gardening). And you are constantly learning & improving, and can be social at the same time. And you can do it forever (use really great notions that don’t knacker your wrists!).

Oh, and if that’s not enough, apparently it’s cool again!

So stop with the guilt and self-bashing shit. You do deserve really nice yarn. You don’t need to settle for cheap crap. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy your yarn and pattern shopping. In fact – you should be dancing the happy dance of someone who has discovered the secret to good living!! 

Do what makes you happy. Everyone wins.

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January 17, 2019

What a beautiful beautiful article! <3
I got super emotional reading it, as knitting fills me with soo much joy, that I just want to explode or turn into a gigantic yarn ball. :D
If people ask me now, how I could spend so much money on yarn, I will now have a badass reply.
Onwards to yarn-glory!
Thank you Thank you ,
Sarella x


October 31, 2018

Hi Milli, I’m loving knitting with Starry night and Salzbrise, so beautiful in the hands and on the needles. Looking forward to another visit soon.

Sue Lindsay
Sue Lindsay

October 21, 2018

As soon as I walked into your amazing shop, I knew it was just what we all needed. Absolutely wonderful addition to the local area, can’t wait for knit night next week and am signed up for 3 courses…..and I love it – 88p/hour for a little slice of heaven 😀


October 20, 2018

I haven’t made a trip to your shop yet but plan to do so soon. It looks fab and I agree with your comments on the joy of this craft. Can’t wait to visit🌸


October 15, 2018

Milli, Your shop is fab and I’m looking forward to a knit nite soon! I’ve been stroking the delicious yarn I bought from Tribe on Saturday and trying to think of a reason not to buy more of it, will be dropping by again soon.

Cheryl Meek
Cheryl Meek

October 12, 2018

Ah, yes! Now I know you asked me if I had read your blog! I do feel less guilty now.


October 11, 2018

Ok Milli… you’ve convinced me. I will invest in some better yarn :-)

Fiona Hobson
Fiona Hobson

October 11, 2018

Completely agree Milli ! And I swear I hadn’t read this before saying exactly the same this afternoon about what a bargain knitting with the Yarntelier lace yarn is ! 😊

Nic willcocks
Nic willcocks

October 09, 2018

Couldn’t agree more, Milli. And just to prove… I did go into Purl this week and procure some yarn. That said, I like your shop better x


October 08, 2018

“88p – £3.50 per hour” - ooooh! That means – the faster I knit the more expensive my pleasure will be per hour?
Or is it the other way round?
Anyway – you are completely right with these deliberate thoughts.
Warm regards Ulrike, knows exactly what you are talking of – thinking of last week’s purchase …

Chris Hindle
Chris Hindle

October 08, 2018

Brilliant milli! Happily, I agree with everything you said about the joys of acquiring yarn etc and I never feel guilty. I was however stunned by the coffee numbers!! X

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