Last night Vince and I were watching football and I was thinking about my plans for 2020. I said “Soon it’s going to be 2020.” Vince looked at me with a blank look and said “What are you talking about?” I said “2020!” He thought I was talking about the score of the game. One team already had way over 20 points so he wasn’t sure what was going on in my head.
It seems absurd to me that we’re closing in on the middle of November and before know it, 2019 will be history and it will be 2020. Time flies!
As with every year in the recent past, I started off 2019 with big plans to use the yarn I have and not buy more.
That plan worked beautifully until about March when I started trying to come up with yarn for the Eat, Sleep, Knit 2nd quarter project – a fade cardigan. It was hard choosing yarn when I couldn’t see it in person and I ended up with at least enough yarn to make three sweaters if I could pull it all together.
In the end, the above yarns were the ones I used and this is probably my favorite cardigan I made all year.
That photo was before it was blocked but I love it.
Having broken the “not buying yarn” rule, it was easy to keep buying but I did better than I had done in the past, though the Madelinetosh sale makes my 2019 purchases look like I threw caution to the wind and bought way too much but at 70% off, and not knowing at the time if there would be a Madelinetosh option in the future, I’m not sorry for any of my purchases.
After spending time re-organizing the yarn, and becoming reacquainted with some older yarn purchases, I really do want to use the yarn I already have.
The other morning I got up and was trying to get my gears going. Vince had been up reading. I sat down next to him.
Vince: A woman aged 65 has a life expectancy of about 20.4 more years.
Me: How many sweaters can I knit in 20.4 years?
Seriously, there are so many projects, for which I already have yarn, that I really want to make.
My plan for 2020 as far as yarn buying, and that’s the plan that’s going to take the most commitment:
- I’m going to start a blog post and keep it as a draft and every piece of yarn I buy or use is going onto that post. Hopefully at the end of 2020, I’ll be very proud of it and can share it and everyone will say “I never thought she could do that!”
- In previous years, I’ve said “I’m not buying yarn unless there’s a project I really want to make or it’s a yarn I have to buy now or never get again, or if it’s on sale and a price I feel justified in buying.” No more! I’ll find something in the stash to work or I won’t make it.
- I will buy yarn if it’s needed to finish a project. Say I’m making Vince’s sweater, thought I had enough and need one more skein of blue to finish it. That’s acceptable. But, if I’m planning a sweater, haven’t started it yet and realize I need one more skein of blue. Not acceptable. Either choose another stash yarn or another project!
I’m not being morbid but there’s no way I can knit the amount of yarn I’ve accumulated so why would I buy more, just to be given away when my knitting days are done. I never want my yarn to be a liability. Now, it brings me joy but it isn’t going to take much more yarn before I start wishing there wasn’t quite so much. Saturation point. That’s where I am.
Starting today . . I’m done. Black Friday yarn sales . . not doing it. There’s the gray yarn arriving this week for Addie’s teacher’s gift. I’m not going to venture a guess when the Madelinetosh yarn ordered in late September/early October will finish arriving. It’s trickling in but I’ll be surprised if it all gets here before the end of the year.
For those of you thinking I can’t do this – I did it with fabric. Probably four years or more before I stopped quilting, I completely quit buying fabric. I had the most fun getting fabrics from my stash to work together for my quilts. I can do this with yarn too!