I have been really good. Everything that I have knit so far this year has been with yarn from the stash.
But, I have had to make some interesting substitutions, and abandon some knitting plans for new projects.
Jaali is a good example of this. Last year, I bought this yarn:
Malabrigo Lace Sealing Wax
In any case, it was supposed to be a cardigan, preferably one designed by Hannah Fetig, because I love her patterns so much. I even bought the patterns in anticipation.
Then, I got the pattern for Jaali… and had no yarn to cast it on. And it had to be cast on. Right. Now.
So, I sucked it up, grabbed the yarn from my stash, and, holding it double to make it fingering weight (in case you missed it, there is the interesting substitution I spoke of earlier) and cast on post haste.
I don’t regret it. I mean, just look at it!
I fall in love with it more and more as each (ever decreasing, hallelujah) row is completed.
But, it is taxing to keep up with this whole New Years Resolution thing.
So, my brain is trying to trick me into buying new yarn, without buying new yarn.
Taking part in Ravelry swaps was one strategy – and it worked well. I got some new yarn (plus other goodies like tea and notebooks) and that was fun.
Then, my brain tried to figure out the fastest way to knit all the yarn that I have so that I will have to buy more. (Uh, not gonna happen.)
Then, my brain got really generous with Christmas knitting, since buying yarn for gifts would be a “legal” purchase (thankfully, my common sense won out on that one – I have enough knitting to do without adding a bunch of gifts with a deadline!).
But this newest ploy is just genius. I am thinking that maybe I need a new hobby. What if I got into hand-dying? Is it really a yarn purchase if I buy naked yarn for dying? I don’t think so. I think I might be onto something here.
Just don’t tell The Man…