The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Stuff is a pretty solid stuff pack. While dealing with sweater curses can be a hassle, I’ve had a ton of fun knitting beanies, socks, mailbox cozies, and tiny toy octopuses. As someone that enjoys crafting in The Sims, Plopsy has been a great addition to my game, and I’ve been hanging the new planters in every one of my houses.

Knitting has been pretty appealing so far, but I think my Sims find it to be a little too appealing. If I leave them to their own devices for a minute or two, they’ll pull out their yarn baskets and start a new project. Sometimes they ignore their queue so they can knit instead, even if they’re exhausted or starving. My Sims will even knit when I tell them to use the toilet (which is pretty gross, considering that they’re going to sell their knitting projects on Plopsy).

At first, I thought this was a side effect of new “Lord/Lady of the Knits” aspiration. Maybe my Sims were so desperate to knit that it overrode everything else, even their basic needs. But as I’ve played with the pack more, I’ve realized that this happens to every single Sim that has a yarn basket in their inventory. Once a Sim has gotten a taste of the knitting bug, there’s no going back.

It’s kind of funny that my Sims now have an insatiable desire for knitting needles, but it’s also kind of a hassle. Sure, I can tell them to stop knitting and do something else, but knitting projects cost money. 20 Simoleans here and there might not seem like a big deal, but when your Sim is barely scraping by, that can add up pretty quickly.

I’m a big fan of “Rags to Riches” challenges, where your Sim has to work their way up from absolutely nothing. Before Nifty Knitting released, I was pretty excited about the idea of a “Rags to Stitches” playthrough, in which my Sim earned a vast fortune through knitting alone.

But because my Sims won’t stop starting new knitting projects (and because it costs 10 Simoleans to list an item on Plopsy), I’m not sure knitting is a viable way for a broke Sim to earn a living. It’s possible that this knitting compulsion is a bug, but for the time being, I’m not giving any Sim a yarn basket unless I’m confident I can pay for their knitting projects.

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