Tuesday, 1 January 2008


Happy New Year everybody! I have spent the day (well, the afternoon, I only dragged myself out of bed at 2pm, the boyfriend more like 5pm) sprawled on the sofa, reading the message boards at Ravelry and Lime & Violet, recovering from the NYE party we went to last night. Lots of fun, especially when Gail and Ting showed up with champers, and some lethal punch, and a very silly bet on the boyfriend's part. I'm glad the festive season is now well and truly over so I can stop killing my liver, although today has rather a "last day of the school holidays" feeling as it's back to work tomorrow, boo.

Resolutions then... I won't bore you with the inevitable eat less crap, go to the gym stuff. That's pretty much a given for everybody, I think. What I need to resolve is to BUY LESS YARN.  Yes, you heard me.

I have quite a lot of yarn, and in some indefinable way this is (only now) starting to freak me out just a little. Particularly the sock yarn. Having just had a quick count-up, I have enough sock yarn for exactly 50 pairs of socks. How many socks have I knitted to date? None. A big fat zero, although two pairs have been on the needles for quite some time. I just love the colours so much, and seem to have a bit of a compulsion to try to ensure I have every colourway known to womankind, but I am getting to the point where it's slightly overwhelming - I do intend to knit it but just can't decide where to start, so I'm not starting any of it. And I don't knit very fast so that's going to be at least four years' worth of sock knitting as it is - one a month is probably ambitious. I really don't need any more, and nor do I have the space to store it properly (living in fear of moths).

Apart from that, I dare not total up exactly how much I've spent on the damn stuff. Given it's nearly all indie hand-dyed yarn, there's easily got to be £500 ($1,000) "invested" as a very conservative estimate. Which is fine, I have the spare cash and it's down to me alone how I spend it, but this year we're intending to do very expensive things like the Galapagos trip and I'd rather have a bit more saved up for that in advance rather than paying it off afterwards.

And that's not even counting the laceweight or non-sock yarns.

So, drumroll please, I am going on a yarn diet in 2008.

There, I've said it.

Of course, this is only a blog and writing it here isn't going to make the blindest bit of difference if I decide to splurge anyway. But my intentions right now are to buy no more yarn, for the first part of 2008 anyway. I'm not stupid enough to say that I won't buy any all year, because that would be unachievable. Instead, I will not buy any at all until the shopping trip to NYC that Lotta and I are vaguely planning for the spring. Hopefully by then I'll have made some sort of a dent in the stash, and can therefore justify splurging at Purl and all the other wonderful shops out there. After that, I'll do my best to constrain my buying for the rest of the year.

Besides, I do feel that whilst 2007 was undoubtedly the year of buying sock yarn, it is time to move on to knitting them (I know normal people can do both but clearly I like to compartmentalise), so 2008 will be the year of making socks. Wish me luck!

In return, I wish you all a very happy and fibre-filled 2008!


Gail said...

Wishing you lots of luck with the yarn diet, and of course the sock knitting. Now the question is, how serious are you about the yarn diet? Serious as in "take it out of your hands and make you put it back on the shelf even though it's really cheap on sale" serious? Because we will, you know... x

Denise said...

Ah the yarn diet...already I have been trolling WEBS looking at that bargain yarn, I mean, it's *so cheap* when can I get a whole sweater's worth for $35 (17.50 stlg) again...and then I think of the stash at home - and the fact that committing to a project of greater duration than a pair of socks/hat seems to be beyond me...
still haven't closed the WEBS tab yet though ;) maybe I need to go read my bank statement :o