I didn't make it until the end of December without buying more wool, despite my birthday resolution.
On Monday 27th I went to the John Lewis knitting wool sale, both at Oxford Street and at Peter Jones. There was nice wool there but nothing that I could not resist. In previous sales the wool has been discounted by 50%, this time it was more like 25 - 30% - difficult to calculate exactly in my head, so it helped that it was not ultracheap. I did like the discontinued shades of Felted Tweed though, and Wool cotton and especially the Cocoa shade of Kidsilk Haze. I looked at Kaffe Fassett's Colourscape, but I could not see myself knitting anything with it. The most difficult thing to resist was Noro Yuzen with great colours. But I went away without buying anything.
On New Year's Eve I found myself unexpectedly going past John Lewis so I had to go in again to check how the sale was going. The nicest yarns had gone, but there was still plenty covetable left. I studied the laminated price list and noticed that it included Noro Sock Yarn. I was surprised because I had not noticed any in the sales baskets. So I memorized the four shade numbers and went off to the Noro shelves to check if any of them were there. My heart sank - there were about a dozen different shades, so I thought I could not possibly go through all of them. I looked at my favourite shade anyway, the black brown beige one, and it was one of the four sale shades! So I took it to the assistant who promptly said 'That's not in the sale'. I showed her the shade number, she checked it against the computer and it was reduced.
After that it was impossible to put it back. I found two more balls of the same shade on the Noro shelves, enough for a sweater for me, possibly with short sleeves, and I bought them. Now the three balls sit on my coffee table, looking at me reproachfully. I know the pattern I want to knit with them, but now is not the right time. I look towards the summer after the New Year.
I have noticed it in charity shops as well. Once you start talking to an assistant it gets very difficult not to buy. If I see wool, even if it is something that I have no intention of buying, I need to know how much it is before I leave it. Often wool in unpriced so I have to ask, and then I end up buying.
So I bought 300 gr of wool on December 31. I could say that I used my January allowance (and a little of February's) early. But I think the whole project is unrealistic. I will have to see how it goes.
I am knitting. I finished knitting blanket #137, and here is a close up. Blanket #138 is underway. On the Noro Transitions jacket I am doing the collar, but without a pattern it takes time.