Why I Love Yarn <3

Hello there! It’s I Love Yarn Day today. To celebrate, I thought I would share with you some thoughts on why I love yarn so much. I’ve been wanting to write something like this for a while now, and I thought this was the perfect occasion. It’s a rough draft, but I’ve been writing too many essays lately to have the energy to try and phrase things perfectly. I hope you enjoy it anyway. So without further ado…

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Why I Love Yarn

I love yarn because it’s made a big impact in my life. I started out knitting before I learned how to crochet almost five years ago. I had always been a crafter, but crochet quickly replaced all other crafts and became a huge part of my life. (Big family move? Bring along a bag of yarn and crochet a poncho on the road!) Now I have a small job teaching crochet, and I love passing down my love of yarn to the next generation. People know me as the “yarn girl,” or “the one who makes all the Harry Potter scarves.”

I love yarn because it’s inspiring. When I walk into a yarn store it’s sensory overload – I stare at the shelves of yarn and start thinking about all the projects I could make. From different weights to fibers to colors, I could spend hours seeing all the different possibilities. (This is the reason people won’t go yarn shopping with me.) I love seeing hand-dyed or hand-spun yarns; they’re beautiful on their own, even before you make them into something. There’s something wonderful about a place that will give you inspiration when you’re at a loss.

I love yarn because it brings together many different people. The stereotypical image of needle-crafting is often that of an elderly woman in a rocking chair, knitting needles clicking busily as she makes a scarf. However, we know this isn’t the case anymore. I’m a college student who crochets to de-stress. My aunt knits beautiful socks in her spare time. Even celebrities are seen with yarn sometimes. (Hey, even Dumbledore has an affinity for knitting patterns!)

I love yarn because I’ve met some wonderful people through knitting and crochet groups. I took a knitting class at my local yarn store. I was the only person under forty there, but I had a great time trying to knit a sock (it did not go well, but I had fun) and discussing yarn-related things with the ladies there. I felt included in a sort of “yarn club.” A few weeks ago I saw a flyer at my library for a social yarn get-together. I shyly showed up at ten o’clock on Saturday morning, yarn bag in hand, not sure what to expect. A friendly knitter saw me at the door and invited me in, introduced herself, and made me feel right at home. There’s something special about yarn crafters; more often than not, they’re incredibly friendly and welcoming.

I love yarn because it helps with my mental health. There are articles and even a book about the mental health benefits of crochet. Speaking from my own experience, crochet has helped immensely. When I’m feeling down, starting a new project can be enough to lift my spirits and give me a sense of purpose. It gives me something else to obsess over, something productive. Worrying about the future doesn’t help anything, so if I can channel those feelings into a pair of socks or finally crocheting a sweater, it’s a good thing. If I’m feeling anxious, working on a project can help take my mind off things. It helps with one of my biggest concerns, which is skin picking – I choose an easy pattern and crochet that instead. If I’m doing rows of double crochet, I can’t make my fingers bleed. Crocheting helps fill that place in my head that otherwise has a stream of constant nervous banter. It’s a source of comfort.

I love yarn because it gives me a purpose. The feeling of accomplishment upon finishing a project is immensely satisfying. I was proud of myself for finishing an afghan it took me over a year to crochet. I put a lot of time and effort into it, and it makes me smile whenever I look at it. For a perfectionist, it’s nice to be happy with something I did, and yarn is one of the things that gives me that feeling.

For me, yarn is a lot more than just yarn. It’s a part of my life, it’s part of how people know me. Sometimes I don’t realize just how much crochet and yarn have changed my life. I’m grateful I learned to crochet nearly five years ago…it has been a great source of happiness, inspiration, and friends.

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Does yarn mean anything special to you? Have you shared any of these experiences? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy I Love Yarn Day, wonderful followers. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Why I Love Yarn <3

  1. simply.dawn.marie says:

    What a beautiful way to describe your love of crochet. You make so many amazing things with your gift. Thank you for sharing them with us! 🙂

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    • Claire says:

      Thank you so much, Kathryn! Your book is wonderful, I’m glad you don’t mind me mentioning it – it was a very eye-opening read. Your comment means a lot! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Aidyl says:

    Ah yes! Yarn is so beautiful. I could probably just look at yarn aisles in stores for hours. I’ve mostly stuck to making blankets, with baby blankets being my favorite, but I’l also done some doilies and such.

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