Speaking of which, I have resolved to buy NO yarn or fabric for the whole of 2011. If I make it, this will be huge, because the last time I tried this I did make it without buying any yarn, but only made it to October on the fabric front. To do this, however, is going to require some careful planning as 2011 is also my year to make the Christmas gifts (I'm not really getting credit for those darn tubes). So I've been making a list, checking it against my stash in Ravelry and the sewing room shelves, and I discovered something I never thought I would say....or at least, wouldn't say for another 3 years:
I didn't have the yarn I needed for 3 proposed gifts.
[Let's all pause here to recover from the shock, shall we?]
Typically when I buy yarn, I buy an entire sweater's worth, which works out really well on the sweater front, but I have lots of scarves planned for next year, and was either going to have to forfeit sweaters to scarves (which I don't want to do) or I needed some yarn. So I stopped by Hancock Fabric today to pick up yarn for one man's scarf:
and for two women's scarves.
I have a couple lace scarves in the gift bin, but not everyone I know is the lace scarf sort of person, NOR is everyone I know the can-be-trusted-with-things-out-of-feltable-yarn sort. So, add 5 skeins of wool/acrylic blend to the stash...unless I can get them knit up in 15 days.....
To GET to the yarn, I had to pass Hancock Fabric's discount bin, where I was viciously attacked by trims that were 60% off,
Realizing my stash is moving the wrong direction, I have been knitting whenever possible. Meet the new portable project:
I have also started a pair of socks for a friend's birthday in February. I'm going to do some cables on these, so thought it might take a while & should get underway a bit early.
"Magic Cast On" for toe-up socks, but otherwise, I'm just making this up from my favorite sock recipe. Since I'm doing toe-up I'll be doing a short-row heel which may not be as durable as the heel-flap methods, but he has big feet, so this way I'll know I have enough yarn.
I may need to set the alarm an hour earlier for Finishing Friday......