Today I received an email from The Sweet Sheep alerting me to the fact that Yarn Pirate had arrived in the shop. Interesting, I thought, and surfed over there… well eventually. Once I got through to the website, which seemed to be on the verge of collapse, it was very slow going indeed. And this was on Broadband. Several minutes later, I managed to get to the relevant page, and saw a “nice” colour of merino tencel sock, Apple, so I tried to pop it in my shopping cart while I continued browsing… but that took several attempts. By now, I could feel a rising tension… almost a feeling of panic… that clearly there were several (hundred) others trying to buy the same item as me! So I abandoned my search and tried to checkout. Again, I was getting error messages.
So I nipped over to the Loopy Ewe – and noted that they also had received their stock of Yarn Pirate, and business did not appear to be quite so brisk… but they were charging $3 more per skein- an eye-watering $30 per skein!
And then it struck me. I didn’t even WANT a skein of sock yarn! Apple Yarn Pirate merino tencel – yeah? So what?! I have plenty of sock yarn in my stash. The colour wasn’t really “all that”, and by the time I paid shipping I would probably be looking at paying over twenty quid for a pair of socks. HOW much?!
I feel as if I have made some sort of a mental breakthrough. Have I broken a pattern of addiction that I didn’t even realise I had? I often get caught up in sale fever when Wollmeise / Sheepaints / Posh open their shops for business – but nine times out of ten I am at home on a pathetic dial up connection and have no choice but to watch the feeding frenzy from a different timezone! But today I was part of the chase. And I didn’t like it.
Crikey, maybe I have started listening to myself. Less is more?