Thursday, January 17, 2008

When enough is enough....



Youngest son had a friend round for tea tonight so I thought I ought to make the effort and do something for pudding. Little buns with chocolate and maltesers and a new (to me) recipe of shortbread with gooey chocolate rice crispie cake on top. So the diet is going well, Michaela.

Also pictured is the sock using the yarn from Montreal Lise. I just love the way this is going, the way those diagonals stand out so much. It's a great pattern and great yarn.

I have also realised that enough really is enough. I am becoming swamped by knitting projects. Ones that I have started. Some that were started over a year ago, even 2 years ago. Some that I bought the wool for ages ago fully intending to cast on the next day. Some that I even bought last night (Dee you are such a bad influence). Other knitting projects like the Blankets are also in the 'to do' pile. I have scarves, cardigans, jumpers, shawls, oh all sorts of things. Startitis has been very bad lately.

But now I must be strong and get myself out of this hole. I need to concentrate on finishing some things. I gave Lizard Ridge the priority for January and then ignored her. And cast on the Qiviut Moebius and the scarf and the hat and the sock and the hot water bottle cover (never told you about that one did I?) and the other scarf. And January is only 17 days old, and I'm sure I've left a few things out.

I am going on a yarn diet - have lots of lovely stuff that needs using, and strangely enough projects lined up for most of it. There's the camel, the Hipknits silk, the lace weight Posh Bellisima (what the hell did I get that for? It's way too fine for me, but it was soooo pretty) the Wolle Meise mini skeins, all that sock yarn, the mohair... oh blimey, I need a lie down thinking about this.

I reckon that I can hold out until Ally Pally next October don't you think?

No longer will I be tempted by discount codes for Hipknits, or the temptation hurled at me every Sunday from Posh Yarn. I will not hunt down more of this heavenly Fleece Artist sock yarn, nor will I scour e-bay for bargains. I will be strong. I will hold out. I will not cave under the pressure.

Bets please to see how long I can last!

13 comments:

Working Mom Knits said...

Would you like a partner to stand with you in no-yarn-purchase solidarity? I'm game to give it a go...

*cue inspirational orchestral music*

Anonymous said...

I'll join you if you like as well. I haven't bought any yarn this year at all (if you dont count the 50 million packs that is!) and I'm going to try and last until the summer without buying anything new. You can do it. kerrie x

Anonymous said...

Yes, what if we all agree a pledge to stash bust?...I am over-run, despite having been off work nearly 2 months and unable to go out...my husband is threatening to carboot my stash and I must agree it is a little intimidating now it has begun to escape it's see-thru-plastic-box-prison-cells and inhabit various bags as well....I don't have a blog, but if anyone wants to start a list, please can my name go on it...I've stayed away from all the sales, and ebay...I really need to do this! All assistance gratefully received! Fran x

jenny said...

just to undermine you a little - Socktopus has the somoko yarn

Anonymous said...

Good for you Michaela - I came to the same conclusion last night when I started to load a tiny proportion of my stash onto Ravelry (i.e., the bits I could see without diving under the bed or going into the vacuum packs in the spare room wardrobe ...). 10 miles ... admittedly it's mainly lace and 4 ply ... but a lot of it's been bought in the last couple of weeks (thanks Kerrie!).

I think I'll join you but I have the breaking strain of a KitKat ...

Anonymous said...

oh and can I just say that none of my friends mums used to make yummy puddings like that when I went to their houses. You must have kids queueing up to be invited around! kerrie x

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Surely a yarn diet (or fabric for me) would be even worse than a normal one? Don't do it!!!! Lucy x

warrenincolne said...

No yarn purchases until Ally Pally?

Well, maybe it can be done...but surely not by you.

So here's a "helpful" incentive:

If you manage it, I'll donate £1 to your favourite charity for every stashbusting item you finish between now and then.

And I'll even let you count a pair of socks as two items.

Working Mom Knits said...

M-

Quick! Accept Warrenincolne's offer!

Obviously s/he has 1) more dollars than sense, 2) NO idea how quickly you knit 3) has not been witness to the volume you can produce when you put your mind to it : )

ps: but please be sure to accidentally put my name on his/her blankie tickets

warrenincolne (definitely a "he") said...

I'm sure my money's safe, working mom knits.

I realize that Michaela's probably among the top few percent of knitters in terms of quality and, more worryingly, quantity.

However, her knitting skills are as nothing when compared to her yarn buying talents.

The only remaining question is, could Michaela buy yarn without me knowing? Well, in theory, yes, but she's too honest to take my money like that.

And could you imagine her buying some lovely new yarn and not sharing the good news with her devoted blog family? Really?

Working Mom Knits said...

Very cunning Warrenincolne - appealing to her sense of honor. Cunning indeed.

picperfic said...

ooh I should join you in the stop buying yarn campaign but it is all so delicious! As for those cakes, well, no wonder your boys friends come round to tea!

dottycookie said...

Oh blimey, all the best. I suspect if I gave up buying wool I'd just buy more fabric though ... I am trying to use what I have, honestly I am.