Friday, April 29, 2016

Confessions of a Yarn Hoarder: Part 2: I stopped counting

I decided to stop counting the yarns.  I was exhausted.

I realized there is really no benefit,  in knowing exactly how many skeins or how many cakes are in there at this time. The closest I got to counting the entirety ,  is to get  the total weight of all the yarns.

Next week I will post the picture of all the yarns I own. And that's it for me.

This year is a challenging year, but am used to having a lot of issues in life, I am but used to it. I know that all of these will pass.

I want to focus only on important things moving forward.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Finished Off

I finished this motif  just recently, just to satisfy my craving for a finish off. I miss crocheting ...

I added way too many petals, so it curls up like that, which is intentional, because I want it to look like a flower.

After I finished this off, I realized how important my goals are for this year, and I cannot really afford any more interruptions.

So , how about you? have you finished any project yet this year?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Getting the hang of online stash busting...

After weighing the contents of the first box of yarn that I own, I felt exhausted.  These are some skeins from that box which I forgot I actually own.

Here's an example:

I like this yarn but I will offer it for sale.

Now, I recently joined the stash busting activity by the Sugar Free Yarn group, owned by Sheila Laurel and her friend Jheraeh. While I haven't really sold any skein in that stash busting, I was able to re-introduce my old yarn shop there.

I guess at this point in time, where there are a lot of affordable yarns to choose from, Caron Simply Soft yarns are not as in demand as they were in 2012.

I regret not offering them back then, but that is okay.  There are a lot of people who told me they like the colors that I have, but they just don't have budget for those at this time.

I made some sales.. amounting to Php 950 on my first week of trying this stash busting. Sabi nga sa amin sa probinsya, hindi ka naman makakapulot ng Php 950 sa daan .

Now, I'm rounding up new yarns from my boxes to offer for sale. I don't want to overwhelm myself so I'm taking it one day at a time. Besides, at this rate it is more manageable to handle the inquiries and the orders, unlike what I did in 2012.

I'm also still experimenting and getting to know the "market". It is only temporary though. I really don't have any intentions on opening my  yarn store again. I'm just doing this for stash busting.. nothing more.

So up next on my stash busting are these yarns:

These are paper yarns. I got the blue and the green ones. I have 8 skeins of each. These are also discontinued so make sure you got enough skeins for your project.

I will recommend this yarn for use in accessories, or use it to  accentuate a project  The yarn has a very interesting mix of colors , and while it is made of paper, it is actually washable.

I really like this yarn, and I might keep a skein of two to experiment on texture later on, but that is not a priority. If you like this yarn, please visit my Facebook Page : Handmade by Bheng.  Thanks!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Getting back on the Yarn Market Scene

I am trying to reduce the bulk of yarn that I own. That is my goal for this year.  I am not going to reopen a store. I am just stash busting.

I recently joined this stash busting activity:

I am trying to slowly get back to the  Pinoy Online Yarn Market if you can call it that.

Here are some of the first skeins of yarns which I decided to offer for sale:

I decided to add yarns for sale every time I get to sort a portion of the stash.. this way I can have more progress .. rather than waiting for me to finish counting everything...

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Confessions of a Yarn Hoarder Part 1 : Why I have way too many yarns...

What is hoarding?

Based on these websites, here are some of the definitions of hoarding.

Wikipedia.OrgHoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.

Adda.Org  - Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. The behavior usually has deleterious effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for a hoarder and family members.

MayoClinic.Com - Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

If you take a close look at the definition, it really looks bad.

Photo from showing hoarded stuff.
But if you add the word "Yarn" to Hoarding. Suddenly, it's not as bad, because it depends on the perception of the crochet enthusiast or knitter.

Photo from Buzz Feed

Here are some people who also shared their thoughts on their Yarn Hoarding... I am not alone in this ....

1. Enthusiastic crochetoholic-  Yarn Stash

2.Yarn Coma - Dangers of Yarn Hoarding

3. Mochimochiland - Biggest Yarn Stash

It really depends on how you look at it, but because my finances are not really in a good shape when these yarn purchases are made, I eventually regret those purchases. I really feel irresponsible. And then I can no longer crochet as much as I want to , so I am left with a lot of yarns that I cannot really use in the near future.

Here are boxes of yarn in their most unimpressive state.
This box contains Baguio Yarns

1st box of yarn from Dubai and US

First of 5 containers of yarn like this

Here is how I ended up with way too many yarns:

I used to have an online FB based yarn shop , which was active between 2010 to 2012. I purchased some yarn stocks for that.

But I closed down that store, and failed to sell those stocks.. and then I kept on buying still...

Here are the reasons I used to justify my purchases:

1. I buy yarns because I am thinking that I will make a certain project using them in the future, when I finally have time. Obviously , that time will not come anytime soon..

2. NO, I don't crochet everyday, and the most that I can crochet in a normal day is about a row or two in a project. So the result:  I bought more than I can use , in this lifetime.

3. I buy yarns in huge amounts, per color that I like ,example:  5 cakes of  this and 4 of that, because I don't want to run out of yarn on a project, and most of my target projects are huge.

4. While it's a good thing that I buy yarns which I know are quite usable for the type of projects that I have in mind, I still find in my stash some very thick yarns which I don't know how I ended up with. Now that is a problem.

5. I have a penchant for collecting discontinued yarns, because I like the feeling of owning the last few skeins of yarns that got discontinued.

6. I used to have a yarn shop, which is online during 2010 to 2012. I have been thinking of staging a comeback in 2014, but I  honestly fear the stress that will come from owning a yarn shop.

7. In my mind, until 2013, I am still very  much interested in taking my crochet to a "next" level. Now I don't know anymore what that next level is. lol bwhahahhhh

8. When we live in Cubao, in a house owned by generous relative, my yarns are stashed properly on the cabinets. When we moved out of that house, I rented a small bare, cabinet-less apartment, and so I no longer have space for these yarns. I brought them home to our ancestral house in Bataan. But I still bought yarns even if I don't have a place to store them. That is another problem.

9. I can't resist the urge to buy rare yarns made of uncommon fibers because I kept on thinking that I will feature them  in my blog. I am going to close this blog soon..  so obviously, those posts will no longer happen.

10. As you can see, I obviously tried to have a store and a blog that is earning, specially during 2008 to 2012. Both attempts for a store and a  money generating blog failed. But I still have the yarns lol bwahhaahah

11. I buy yarns when I'm lonely, sad, bothered. I buy yarns when I'm happy and felt that I have to be gifted with something. I buy yarns just because.

12. At some point in my life, I forgo buying new clothes because I wanted to buy crochet related items , which I thought I can really use for a store that I have in mind.  I can say that 2009 is my worst dressed year.

13.I was able to sell a huge chunk of stash from my already huge stash in 2012, however, greed took over me, and I wanted to sell more. That is why I bought some new imported stocks, which never really saw the face of my store because I was very silly to have given up on my store due to stress. Clearly, I am not business minded ... I'm glad to have tried that any way, at least I am no longer thinking about what if's.

14.  I was supposed to review extensively for a certain certification for the advancement of my career, ,  but my fantasies of having a yarn shop in the future was so strong, I was always distracted.

I really cannot focus on those certifications before. Because of that,  there were many times that I will try to please myself and buy yarns lol

15. Sometimes that yarns are just so pretty, I can't bring myself to use them, I'll buy another skein.

16. Sometimes, the yarns are so pretty, I can't bring myself to sell them lol.

17. I ended up replacing all of the yarns I sold in 2012, and much more.

18. I used to have plans of putting up a store, where I also planned to sell crocheted and handmade stuff. maybe also teach. Obviously, the closest I got to that dream is when I put up an online yarn store.  That is the reason why I also tried different hobbies / crafts like claying, beadworks, felting etc which resulted to more materials. Good thing is that I sold most of those in 2012.

There..  that is how I ended up with way too many yarns.

Other people might find this funny, I also find it funny. Like I am really laughing so hard when I am writing those items above.  I am not really hurt with the comments and the sarcastic suggestions lately.

I am honest, I know exactly where I did wrong. At least I understand my situation and I am working on fixing them. I don't see anything wrong with that.

This "wanting" to rid myself of these yarns, and then suddenly ""changing my mind" , is my problem. I attempted this several times before, but I always have separation-anxiety, and this type of anxiety  is real. I really got stressed out each time.

But this year, I decided to address it, once and for all.

I'm not saying that everybody who purchased a lot of yarns, will have these problems.

If it makes you happy, then keep the yarns.

I want a permanent solution to things which I consider as problems.  There are changes I want to make in my life that involves the "reduction" of material things which I own, including these yarns.

I am not saying that I will never buy yarns ever again, but definitely, I will not hoard them again.

I will share the photos of all the yarns that I own in a separate post. 

If you wanted to buy these yarns from me in bulk, and if you have a good offer for me, I am open for discussions and negotiations, but we all know that these yarns are not cheap. Thank you very much!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Counting Yarns

Still counting...












NO, I haven't seen the bottom yet.... wish me luck!
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