I bought an awful lot of yarn in 2013. So much that I dare not say it here.
During the last week in 2013 I had an idea - 2014 could be the year I didn't buy any yarn. As I toyed with the idea it started to seem familiar, and looking back here I read that I went on a yarn diet in November 2012. It did last several months; it was in April that I started buying more indiscriminately, and by and by I forgot all about the diet.
Now I realised that I really could not do without the pleasure of buying yarn. I just need to restrict what I buy, and I must stick to the list I made up a year ago:
1. I can buy yarn to add to my collections, and the list of my collections is quite fluid, so it gives me plenty of scope.
2. I can buy yarn to add to existing plans for projects. I must not buy anything that would involve new plans. This can be tricky, if I find something I really want.
3. I can buy yarn required for a project in progress or that I am about to start.
4. I must look at colour of yarn, and avoid bright colours and white and black. It is taken for granted that I will stick to yarn in natural fibres.
This leaves two groups of yarn:
Yarn for my standard blankets. So far I have bought anything that I could conceivably use, and that is very extensive. So, for the next year I will have more than enough without buying any more. I will reassess in 2015.
Extra nice yarn. By this I mean hand spun, hand dyed, expensive fibres. You find this in individual balls, and I buy. It is often too nice for the standard blankets, but what else do I do with it?
So it would be nice if I could avoid buying these. That is all. I think this can keep me happy.
As far as knitting is concerned, 2013 has been a bad year. I thought I had finished little. My friend's sweater set me back, because I stopped doing work on finishing blankets, and at this moment I have five blankets waiting to be finished. I also have a number of unfinished garments. I have always been proud not to have any UFOs, but counting them now I have one pair of socks, one sweater and three cardigans unfinished. So I was surprised to find that adding up the few things that I did finish it came to 9.3 kg, proof that my speed of knitting has not slowed down.
And to finish, just because a picture is nice, a close up of blanket #158.