Late last year I decided to organize my craft room because while I do have a designated room for my craft tools and supplies, they were scattered all over the house and what was actually IN the craft room was a mess. Gathering and organizing took a lot more time than I thought it would and also involved buying more large clear bins. I started organizing my yarn by weight. I knew I had a lot of yarn, more than I would ever use….but until I got it all together I didn’t actually know it! So, I made a resolution not to buy any more yarn until I made a huge dent in my stash. I have 7 full large Rubbermaid containers of fingering weight and sock yarn alone! Yikes. Put everything together and I’m sure I could open a shop.
I was proud of myself for sticking with it, and pairing patterns I already owned with yarn that I had on hand. Then I saw patterns I didn’t have that I wanted. So I bought them, saying that my resolution was not to buy yarn. Nothing mentioned about patterns. Then a couple of months ago Luise of Impeccable Knits released a pattern for a gorgeous shawl, and her and Carol put together a kit with the pattern and yarn which Carol had dyed. I chat with both of these wonderful ladies on Ravelry, and while I had planned to purchase the pattern, when I saw the yarn Carol dyed, I purchased the kit….with one of each of the two skeins offered. I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked better! I justified that purchase because even though I had more than enough fingering weight yarn here, Carol is a friend and has a terrific eye for colour (her hand dyed yarn is fabulous). The pattern was In My Mother’s Garden, and I finished it a few weeks ago. I love it! I will knit another one with the other colourway of Carol’s at some point.
So one minor purchase in 7 months. Today that went right out the window! Being a holiday Monday here in Canada the office was closed and I spent the whole day knitting and just bumming around the house. This afternoon I was scrolling through Facebook posts and one from Hiloris Yarnorium caught my eye. I clicked on it and was looking at her Etsy site. She has a new line of yarn! I’ve ordered quite a bit of her gradient yarn over the last couple of years, she in an independent dyer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now she has speckled yarn! I don’t have any speckled yarn! I have a future project in mind that calls for speckled yarn. So, before I knew it, it was ordered and paid for.
The project is a hap from The Book of Haps, the Theme and Variation Shawl. I love this whole book, and have started one of the Haps already, Houlland. I think I will end up knitting almost all of the patterns in the book.
The Theme and Variation Shawl calls for two skeins of fingering weight yarn. The sample in the book uses one skein of speckled yarn. It’s gorgeous.
I was thinking of knitting it without the speckled yarn, using white or off white, and while looking through the pictures on the project page on Ravelry I noticed some knitters have knit with two plain or tonal yarns and they look great, but the pictures of the shawls with the speckled yarn just make the shawl stand out.
After purchasing the yarn, I was looking at blogs that I follow, and The Loopy Ewe is having a 10th Anniversary Kit offer with an AWESOME project bag. The kit comes with the project bag, a skein of yarn and a pattern. I figured what the heck, I already blew it…and so I ordered it.
And then I went to my friend Kara’s Etsy shop because she had some awesome grey tonal hand dyed yarn the last time I had looked, and it was still available, so I ordered that. Lol I was on a roll.
I even went to my friend Susie’s Etsy shop because she did have some blue handspun yarn I was drooling over a couple of months ago, but it was sold.
So, I’m done with shopping, while it was a fun afternoon and I bought things I wanted, I really did not need any of it. I’m not going to feel guilty about it, and I am absolutely going to enjoy everything when the packages start arriving. I was thinking it’s a good thing it was a statutory holiday today. While I stayed home, I will still receive my pay for the day – I think I spent most of it! And tomorrow I will go back to keeping my resolution – can I still keep it if I’ve already broken it? Hmmm. Well, the next time I have a desire to purchase any, I resolve to make myself go sit in my craft room for an hour. That should do it!