Hello friends! I hope you are keeping warm. I experienced negative wind chills for the first time in my life on Sunday. While it wasn’t terrible, I just made sure I wasn’t outside for too long! So one of these days, I’ll get a picture of the cowl I made during Christmas…
Other than that, I’ve been focusing on the sleeves of my cardi. I am close to being finished with the second sleeve. Then all I have to do is seam the cardigan, then add some rows at the end…then block. Phew. I hope I can wrap it up this week.
Now that we’re coming to the end of January, I wanted to check in with you all about your crafty goals. I’ve been reading a lot about stash downs and I have to admit, I’ve been unconsciously committing to one. Husband has already asked several times if I wanted to go to JoAnn this month, and I’ve responded with an emphatic NOOOO every time. I mean:
And there’s yarn stashed in my closet too, FYI, but it doesn’t look as pretty as what I have presented to you here.
So yes, I have a lot of yarn.
What do I do? Stop myself from buying yarn? I don’t think completely restricting yourself from purchasing something helps in the long run. Saturday Night Stitch has a really good blog post about common New Year’s Resolutions that she’d rewrite to make them more achievable. One of the items on her list is buying fabric. Instead of restricting ourselves from purchasing something from our stash, she recommends thinking about what compels us to make these purchases, and to perhaps adopt a “one in, one out” policy.
I like this advice. If I’m being honest, I typically buy yarn if I’m feeling stressed and want to treat myself. I like the idea of using what I have, limiting my purchases if I can, but not completely restricting myself from buying something new. For instance, I’ll be in San Francisco next month, and I’m really looking forward to finding a special skein there as a memento for my trip.
Amanda Scott from browngyrlknits has a fun Stash Down project in the works. While I haven’t gone through and inventoried my yarn, I really like her idea of a “yarn budget” so that you don’t completely deprive yourself,.
How about you? Is your stash out of control? Are you making anything from your stash this month?