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Yarn Confessions

September 29, 2015

Readers, you might have missed me for the past few days. I know I’ve missed you (and so has Aunt Pythia).

Well, full disclosure on what’s been happening is in order: I’ve been organizing my yarn collection.

Yes, it’s true, I have a deeply alarming amount of yarn, which has hitherto been gathered in smallish bags tucked all over the house, in every nook, cranny, and corner.

Well, with the help of my good friend Elena, who is starting a side business to help people organize their homes (ask me for an amazing reference!), I have officially tamed the yarn beast.

Just to give you a sense of the sprawl, here are just the “odds and ends” yarns in the blue or purple spectrum:


Pretty much every ball here represents a project I have long finished. I always buy a bit too much yarn and then keep the extra. Yes, that’s my foot and boob shelf.

Of course, I have odds and ends in other colors too:

For whatever reason I keep buying lots of green yarn. I have like 5 green sweaters in my closet.

For whatever reason I keep buying lots of green yarn. I have like 5 green sweaters in my closet.

Of course, not all my yarn is in the “odds and ends” category. I have whole bags of unopened yarn I got on sale during one of my winter excursions to Webs, the biggest and best yarn store in the world (you can tell it’s a big deal because it owns the “yarn.com” url). Here’s an example:

I also love orange, as a color, but nothing orange ever looks good on me.

I also love orange, as a color, but nothing orange ever looks good on me.

Anyhoo, the entire collection is here, feel free to take a look. I am beyond shame and embarrassment at this point, because at some point, when all my yarn was splayed across my entire living room and dining room, I realized how amazingly beautiful it all is and how much I’ve gotten out of my hobby over the years.

Also, I think I might actually have more yarn than the average yarn shop, so there’s that option as well, if I’m ever really broke. Plus, now that my yarn is so nicely organized and tidy, I’d even be able to show it to people.

So there you have it, yarn confessions. Life is too short to be ashamed of your passion.

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  1. Mike Mintz
    September 29, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I swear there is a connection between yarn and Math. My son knits all the time and explains knot theory to me in yarn.


    • September 29, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Hahaha ok let’s go with that. But really I don’t think I need an excuse.

      If I were looking for one, I’d say that knitting gives me the ability to point to something and say, I did that. Math is generally not so productive.


  2. bf
    September 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

    you: orange=me:green.


  3. Aaron
    September 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Gorgeous. Must be time to make me something!


  4. September 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I think I want to die, and come back as a cat in YOUR house!


    • msobel
      September 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Right, it’s not that you have too much yarn, you just have too few cats.


      • September 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Guys, terrible plan. I’m a dog person.


        • September 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

          Whoooa, you’re a DOG person!?… some of us are gonna have to seriously re-think how much credence we give your thoughts in the future. 😉


        • September 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm

          Apologies! I love all animals equally, just dogs more equally.


  5. Bridget
    September 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I love this so much! And I still have a few odds and ends left from the three full garbage bags I took off your hands back in the day 🙂


  6. September 29, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I love getting out all of my yarn periodically! It’s good to remember what beautiful things I already have, bring back memories (I bet you can recall knitting most if not all of those leftovers), and suddenly want to knit all the things again! Also that way I can weed out anything I’m not still in love with.

    Happy wool sorting!


  7. Desirae
    September 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Oh now I must know your Ravelry username. Mathbabe?


  8. Beth G.
    September 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I recently started listening to Slate Money podcast while I knit. I’m delighted to learn that you knit, too.


  9. September 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Webs is the best yarn store evar! Be still my heart! My misspent youth! I should probably figure out where all of my half-finished yarn projects are hiding in my apartment. I approve of everything in this post.


  10. October 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Well, hello! Very nice! Some gorgeous stuff! I started knitting again (after 20+ years) last winter, fulfilling my plan to knit during the long Alaskan cold & dark times. Then I acquired a dropspindle. Then a spinning wheel. And so it goes. We’re also fond of cats, but our 19 Siberian huskies aren’t, so this comes out as another vote for the dog side.

    I hope you don’t mind if I spin this off in a different direction… The other day, I had yet another of these annoying “where are all the women in STEM/tech?” discussions. I couldn’t stand it any longer, so I blurted out “I know where they are!” My interlocutor went “So, where?” Me: “They’ve all become knitwear designers! Or teach spinning!” And it’s true, if you look at the people who are successfully selling knitting patterns or writing books about knitting and spinning, a whole lot of them have bifurcated from IT, programming, QA, or various academic occupations. Not that “that’s where the women are”, seriously, of course. A whole bunch are in some of the less glamorous and flashy but possibly more work/life-balance-friendly places. For example, I work with some US DoE National Labs in earth science/climate science data, and their software development teams have a much higher proportion of women than the typical SV startup. (No big secret why…)


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