Happy New Year!
2006 was a year of big changes chez SpindleRose. New city, new jobs, new friends. Looking forward, I anticipate a much calmer year as we learn more about our new hometown, host a few parties, hang with the neighbors, and make more new friends. We will also be getting ready for another move early in 2008; this necessitates more de-cluttering and de-stashing.
I am joining Wendy's Knit from Your Stash in 2007 challenge. The counters under the button are to keep me honest. In past years I have tried to knit from my stash and posted counters, but I did not own up to stash added. This year, I am committed to making a big dent. I cannot imagine a gift-giving occasion that would require yarn not already stashed. If an unimaginable occasion comes up, I will spin appropriate yarn from the fiber stash. If I cannot spin yarn appropriate for the occasion, I should not be giving a fibery gift.
My challenge has just one rule:
No yarn or fiber purchases in 2007
To succeed in this challenge I need a few exceptions from that rule.
- May (my birthday month) is exempt.
- Yarn from 2 sock clubs may be stashed. I have already paid for Lucy's and set aside the money for Blue Moon's.
- I may buy one and only one skein of souvenir sock yarn from never visited before shops when I am on the road.
- I may order the contrasting colored yarns required for the Dale sweaters I have planned.
- A secret sock yarn rule (so as not to ruin a few surprises)
- If I finish 4 new sweaters (the two nearly finished ones do not count) and spin the equivalent of 2 fleeces by October 1, I may do limited shopping at Stitches East and Rhinebeck (if I get to go to either one).
- If I finish the EZ in the round sweater I have owed D for more than a decade (aka The Sweater from Hell), D says I may purchase 3 times the amount of yarn used.
My other challenge for 2007 is to be healthier. D and I both want to lose 20 pounds before our late September trip to Hawaii. To meet this goal:
- I will cook at home more and eat out less when I am not traveling.
- I will snack on fruits and vegetables instead of chips and cookies.
- I will exercise at least 4 times a week.
Now it is time to knit, watch Wisconsin beat Arkansas in the Capitol One Bowl, and convince my aching head that I did not drink too much champagne last night.