Crochet...the Shameless Addiction

The symptoms and signs of crochet addiction may vary from person to person, depending on the pattern or the go-to yarn weight of her choice. There are, however, several markers that you or a loved one is suffering from a crochet or fiber addiction.

What is addiction?

Fiber addiction is the psychological and physical need to continue the use of fiber, despite the effects. Not all of these signs may be present for every type of fiber user. However, this list is compiled of the most common signs and may be worth responding to with outstudent care.

If a close friend, or you, display any of these symptoms, you may want to consider seeking treatment by completing a series of crochet classes. A Crochet Instructor will be able to assist in your diagnosis as; an addict or just a hobbyist, and set your mind at ease. You can email Mammi Cass today at to learn more about the individualized crochet series she offers.

The 10 Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Fiber Use and Addiction

If you or someone you love is addicted to fiber or a fiber art, they may exhibit a few or all of the following signs and symptoms.

  1. Cravings. People may experience intense urges or cravings for multiple types and weights of fiber as their addiction develops.

  2. Physical dependence. Physical dependence to fiber can develop as some grow accustomed to the persistent presence and influence of the feel of say a strand of baby alpaca yarn gently passing through their fingers. The changes in dye lot that accompany this may leave some feeling badly or functioning sub-optimally when their favorite fiber of preference is no longer in their stash.

  3. Tolerance. Over time and with prolonged yarn shopping, some can build up quite a stash of selected fibers, meaning they need more of a particular color of fiber to achieve the effect they desire.

  4. Withdrawal symptoms. Some will experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop purchasing yarn or stop crocheting abruptly because responsibilities of daily life require more attention for an extended period of time (more than a couple of days).

  5. Poor judgement. When one is so addicted to fiber, they may do just about anything to maintain the ability to add to their stash, including risky behaviors such as sneaking trips to the craft store, lying about a number of purchased skeins to loved ones, or selling finished projects to finance the need for even more fiber.

  6. Fiber-seeking. People may spend excessive amounts of time and energy finding and getting their fiber of choice.

  7. Financial trouble. Some may find themselves spending large sums of money, draining their bank accounts, and going outside their budget in order to get the fiber or cute little stitch markers they desire. This is a major red (color 867 lot 209) flag.

  8. Neglect responsibilities. When people choose crocheting or purchasing yarn over meeting occupational or personal obligations, this is a classic sign of addiction.

  9. Develop unhealthy friendships. When one is a fiber addict, they spend time with others whom have similar habits. Crocheters may hang out with knitters, spinners and felters who may encourage them to try their method of fiber use.

  10. Isolate. One the other hand, some may withdraw and isolate themselves, hiding the true amount of time to crochet from friends and family. An explanation for this may be increased depression from misunderstanding a pattern, anxiety their tension is off, or the paranoia the world may run out of fiber once and for all.

Outstudent treatment with Mammi Cass usually involves a private or group class that allows you to go home after receiving instructions. Outstudent treatment allows you the flexibility to manage your daily responsibilities while still obtaining fiber and stitch knowledge.

The levels of intensity of the various outstudent treatment approaches will vary. Group classes, Individual classes, Ongoing support, and Outings to Fiber Fairs and Yarn Shops

Many people with a fiber addiction may not reach out for help, or sign up for classes on their own. In these cases, loved ones may need to step in and assist them in getting them a gift class they so desperately need. By knowing what to look for, friends and family can address the situation earlier so the fiber addict has the chance to learn even more about crochet.

Mammi Cass