Are You Addicted to Yarn?
According to the DSM-IV the definition of addiction is a maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:
(1) Tolerance, as defined by either of the following: a. A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect. The increasing need for more and more yarn. In more and more fiberous content. Just one skein of mohair just isn't enough anymore b. Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance. There was a time when a 2 skein scarf would do it for you. You'd finish and be so proud of yourself. Now you need CABLES.
(2) Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: a. The
characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance your hands start twitching while standing in line somewhere because you don't have any needles in them b. The same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms. Refusing to sharpen your pensils because your teacher won't alow your knitting in class, and you can almost pretend that they are wooden neeldes. (3) The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended (loss of control). "Just one more row" becomes your new greeting. (4) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use (loss of control). What? Cut down? Hah! That's a funny one... (5) A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects (preoccupation). Hmm. a LYS is looking for part time help... (6) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use (continuation despite adverse consequences). Ya, school and work are totaly cutting into my knitting time. Luckily, I have begun converting my friends into the knitting cult. (7) The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (adverse consequences). I am firmly convinced that my knitting is the only thing standing between me, a chainsaw and the Admin building...
They also list some signs that you might have an addiction:
Abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of work, work output, grades, discipline. Ya, like I said, school and work are totaly cutting into my knitting time...
Unusual flare-ups or outbreaks of temper. Hey, that was a totaly understandable flare up!! My cat ATE my yarn!! Just because all the neighbors came rushing over, doesn't matter.
Withdrawal from responsibility. Eh, I've never been that responcible to begin with.
Continual wearing of long-sleeved garments particularly in hot weather or reluctance to wear short sleeved attire when appropriate. Dammit, I spent 6 months knitting that sweater, I'm gonna wear it, even if it is 106 out!
Association with known substance abusers. Stitch 'N Bitch, need I say more?
Secretive behavior regarding actions and possessions; poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and suspicion. What? That huge rubbermaid container? No, no, it doesn't contain yarn. Really, I don't have that much yarn, so going out and getting more is really a necessity. In my bag? Um...books. Ya, books. No, really, I've been at the library, not the yarn store.
SHould this worry me? Nah, it just means that I don't have enough yarn or knitting time...Ya, the only problom I have is not enough yarn or time to knit. Besides, until the Surgeon General puts warning lables on my yarn, and I see them...hehe. Ignorance is bliss, right? So, how many of you are addicted?