Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Really, I Can Explain.....

It all started innocently enough.  My youngest niece received an 18-inch "American Girl" type of doll for Christmas (the ones that aren't $100), and my sister would like for her learn to knit, and asked if I could make matching hats & scarves for my niece and her doll as an incentive.  Which is fine, because I used to love to make doll clothes & am ALL for recruiting new knitters.  The problem is, I didn't have the right shade of pink in sportweight or DK yarn, so I decided I could have one more yarn purchase before the next year starts.  All good so far.  Then I remembered that I actually haven't knit anything for my next-to-youngest niece, and she's been quite thrilled with the socks I made for her mother, so I thought I would knit a hat and scarf for her as well....or maybe even an afghan because I'm getting just a little cocky about my ability to finish projects quickly, and....
"just in case" I got enough (I think) for the afghan, since the youngest one did get a small afghan 2 years ago.  A bit more than expected, but still good.

Andy and I had also been discussing how very nice this scarf is turning out,
and we thought it would make a nice gift for a couple other people, which led to...
enough yarn for 3 more scarves....which is still sort of okay because the scarf is going quite quickly and all 3 could theoretically be finished in one month.  However, there was a bit of an incident with some worsted cotton that was on sale,
though I had just been thinking that I needed to make more dishcloths for us to keep instead of giving away, as most of ours are falling apart and there just isn't anything that scrubs quite as well as homemade cotton dishcloths, so that's theoretically okay, but perhaps this
 was a bit of overkill, though it WAS half price and $4.99 for 603 yards is hard to argue with.....

I'll be surrendering my credit card to Andy for safekeeping until January 1, as I obviously can't be trusted lately......

9 comments:

Mereknits said...

Toni,
I bought yarn yesterday also. I just couldn't help it. Sometimes you have to stock up before you can shop your stash. I have been using stash yarn, so adding some more wasn't such a bad thing.
Have a great day,
Meredith

Janet said...

Toni, I don't think you went overboard. A very reasonable amount, not to much, not to little. Besides the girls will like the pink. And who can say no to enough yarn for 3 more scarves for the gift bin. I take it you are in charge of the gifts for next year????

Rebag said...

I think you made very wise purchases!! Not to mention at a sale price??? what is there not to love on this!! :)

Think you can teach knitting lessons on line? LOL that is my goal to achieve in 2011 is to knit!!

Have a great week and a Blessed New year!

Mandy said...

Ooops! Good move relinquishing the credit card............
This could so easily get out of hand.

Daniele said...

I knew something was up with the doll clothes. I saw you had queued some on Ravelry.

Stay away from the yarn store. Be afraid. Be very afraid.... :D

Seriously, though, I am all about making new dishcloths this year. Mine are also ready for the garbage. Can't wait to see yours!!

Gaidig said...

Uh, oh! I can see your resolve slipping. To me, some of these seem ok, but others seem like excuses to buy more yarn. You can return some before it gets to be too late.

carolyn said...

I am having the same exact problem! So don't think you are alone. :) Surrending your source of payment was a smart thing. I don't dare do that with my husband, so before the end of the year, I have to buck up and not buy anything else, either. !!! (trying to convince myself)...this is terrible, but can I say that I'm so glad I'm not alone? P.S. Keep it all! You'll use it.

Judi A. said...

The absolute best dishcloth is "Chinese Wave Dishcloth" by Margaret K.K. Radcliffe. It's a free pattern on Ravelry. I made up two because I was desperate for some dishcloths and my husband can't stop raving about them. Must be great if he notices and then comments! Nice to know I'm in good company. My LYS sent emails out yesterday announcing a store-wide sale today only from 1pm-7pm. I won't put in writing what all I bo't. Felt good, though, looking at others' bags overflowing and mine wasn't even close! :-)

Janet said...

Dishclothes are a necessity, especially the cotton knit ones. I have a whole bin full that I need to turn ends in. Of course I have received several requests for dishclothes so I am ahead. I still have several balls of cotton for more. I also use that yarn for bibs and burp clothes for babies. And we have a bunch of babies due this spring, so you know what I will be doing!