I bought a lot of yarn in 2015. I have my guidelines, and somehow all yarn can be made to fit the guidelines. Storage is a severe problem. In November I woke up one morning with a strong feeling that I must stop buying yarn because I have run out of places to store it.
I actually went around practising not buying yarn, and I managed it for several weeks. But now I'm back again. I'm surprised that price has turned out to be the deciding factor. I will buy at 10 - 15% of full woolshop price. I think this is low, but it can still be managed, especially if I bargain. I wish all wool had an obvious price label. Once I have to ask how much it is it is very difficult to walk away. I can't walk away without knowing the price.
On the other hand I have refined my system for deciding what yarn to knit next. I have my standard blankets, and they are no problem at all. I enjoy knitting them so much, and the yarn or knitted items that I buy for them disappears soon enough. Now I go through my spreadsheet of yarn acquisitions and I will use each item in turn. If a yarn is not suitable for special projects they must go into standard blankets however nice they are. And I have my waiting list of blankets to knit.
It is just such a long term plan. And the group of yarn meant for garments make me feel stressed. I look at patterns and there are plenty that I would like to knit and I have suitable yarn, but knitting a garment takes so long because when it comes down it I prefer to knit blankets.
The good news is that I knitted a lot in 2015, a total of 22.2kg. This is the most I have ever knitted in one year. I noticed that my standard blankets were finished more quickly than before and I did several special ones. I hope I will be able to keep this rate up in 2016, but I do have plans for at least one intricate special blanket which will take a long time.
To add a picture - this was my first purchase after I decided to stop buying yarn. I have a nice collection of Rowan Summer Tweed.