Yarn Chicken is not a game for the faint hearted, but many of us knitters and crocheters find ourselves embroiled in a battle against the yarn towards the end of a project. It’s a game I’ve found myself playing a few times in the last couple of weeks, and I think I’ve finally figured out the rules so I thought I’d share.
1) Always play this game with your best yarn; preferably something hand dyed, or that is a one off. There’s no point playing it with stuff you can get more of on next day delivery, that’s just boring. If you are using a hard to find yarn, don’t ruin the game by desperately searching online and ordering more in advance; the suspense is an important part of the process.
2) To add excitement, this game is best played when you’re working to a deadline. Nothing enhances knitting into the early hours of the morning quite like potentially running out of yarn.
3) When you realise that you might be short of yarn, you need to weigh your project, work another row or round, weigh it again, weigh the remaining yarn and then do some fiddling with numbers to pretend you know what you’re doing. If you don’t get the answer you want, DO NOT under any circumstances accept it and give up. You need to work to the bitter end to prove that you were wrong all along.
4) If you’ve done the calculations and it looks like you might run short, knit or crochet faster. This is a guaranteed way to make sure you finish before the yarn runs out.*
5) Yarn Chicken is a solitary game and requires every ounce of your concentration. Other people, pets, everything must be banished from the working area until the game is over. Agree a signal to let them know when they can return (a squeal of excitement or a sob of despair should suffice).
*disclaimer: this only works 50% of the time.
I do hope these rules help you to play the game properly, and if you have any more to add, please share! And for the non knitters and crocheters, you now know that yarn craft is not always a sedate and relaxing activity, and may begin to understand why your yarny friends and family seem a little frazzled at times.