Had to share this one from one of my knitting groups on Yahoo...
Adapted from a quilters' newsletter in North Carolina...author unknown.
A recent study has indicated that yarns give off certain pheromones that
hypnotize women and cause them to purchase ungodly amounts of yarn. When
stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the pheromones in the yarn
causes memory loss and induce the gathering syndrome, similar to the one
squirrels have before the onset of winter.
Sound tests have also revealed that these yarns emit a very high-pitched
sound heard only by a select few, known as stitchers. When played backward,
the sounds are heard as chants...'Buy me! Knit me!' Furthermore, pheromones
seem to cause a pathological need to secret the yarn purchases away when
one takes them home and blend them into the existing stash. When asked by a
significant other if the yarn is new, the reply is, "oh, I've had it for a
In order to overcome the so-called feeding frenzy effect that these yarns
cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility, and use
ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. It is also beneficial to
enter these storage facilities without the presence of cash or credit cards.
Sad to say, the addictive qualities of this compulsive behavior are
cumulative, and are ameliorated only by the purchase of more and more and more
No cure is known at this time.