Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Financial Future of FIBER

The US economy is now in the toilet. Everyone is worried. Are you worried? Are you worried about where your next yarn is purchase is coming? How are crocheters and knitters going to finance their next yarny need? Will there need to be a government bailout of your LYS? Doubtful, but here are some tips to help you thru the recession (oh... I forgot. We are not in a recession. But it sure feels like it!). Anyway, back to what's truly important:

Tips for funding the Yarny Goodness Habit:
1. SWAP. If you're Jones-ing for some soft, luscious cashmere, but your husband won't let you refinance the house, trying trading some of your equally delicious (but less desirable to you) yarny goodness.

2. Dig Deep Into The Stash. Yeah, I said it. Use what you got! At some point you must have loved, or at least liked, some of that yarn way down in the dark abyss of your stash. Sure most of it hasn't seen the light of day for over a year, but just sniff it and pet it, and you'll remember. Check out Ravelry to see who else liked the yarn enough to make something with it and get inspired again.

3.Reduce your heating bill and knit/crochet more. Try convincing your family that dropping the thermostat 15 degrees is worth a pair of luscious socks, hats, mittens and scarves they'll have to wear indoors when the temperature drops below freezing.

4. Convince your financial institution that the loan is for a good cause and that they can hold the rest of your stash as collateral. If that doesn't work (which I can't see not working...that idea is fool proof!) try convincing the Benefits Manager at work that your need your 401K due to Yarn financial hardship.

So even though the entire world is up in arms over the economic crisis be glad you have yarn insurance (YOUR STASH) because you planned ahead. So feel free to gloat at your husband at your foresight to plan for the future unlike our government and financial institutions.