Where did this year go? Can you believe it’s almost already December? Is it because I’m getting older that time seems to fly by? It’s almost scary because it really seems like it couldn’t have been 12 months ago that I was thinking . . it’s December again!
December is when I begin to think about what I’ll do with the blog in the next year, as well as what I want to do differently in my life. I don’t necessarily make New Year’s resolutions, though it is sort of a time to start over with a clean slate. My list of areas to improve upon seems to be the same every year:
- Buy less yarn or fabric
- Be more organized
- Lose weight
So there . . we have the 2017 resolutions done! Funny thing . . those have been the resolutions for about the last 10 years. No, that isn’t funny, is it?
I think the weight loss is going to go well in 2017 since we’re already on a roll . . well, not many rolls being consumed but you know what I mean.
I’m also doing better with being more organized. The yarn is great. Spreadsheet. See through totes labeled. I can go to the spreadsheet, sort by weight or brand/dyer and find almost any yarn I want, then go to the tub number and find just what I need.
That leaves one category — buy less yarn. I think the fabric is under control. Here’s my thinking on the yarn, and it’s probably a total waste to even write this down because I know how I am but . . hope springs eternal.
- Buy only yarn for special occasions. Those occasions could be: I got out of bed this morning or the sun came up right on time! 🙂 No, seriously . . things like Loopy Academy or some of the special theme dyed yarns at ESK.
- By the time the Black Friday sales happen, I’m thinking that maybe I would allow myself to buy half as much yarn as I’ve used already. This year so far I’ve used about 19,000 yards and bought about 40,000 yards. If, at this time next year I’ve used 19,000 yards, I’d be able to buy 9,500 yards. If I limit myself to those special purchases during the year, I think that’s a good plan. That would give me incentive to use more and buy less. What do you think?
Vince is going to retire in a few years (or less) and my yarn buying will come to a screeching halt for a couple of reasons – less disposable cash and he’ll be here to see every order that comes in. For those reasons, I’m not quite ready to say I’m not going to buy any yarn!
As far as the blog, I’ll continue with Stash reports, On the Needles reports and Design Wall Monday.
I can hardly believe the year is about to end!
Sherrill Pecere says
Ugh, I really don’t like December because this holiday has become more consumer-driven than anything else. Not like it was when I was a kid. I don’t want/need anything so always ask my family not to buy me anything. And because I have no clue what they want or need (and don’t want to cause them to have to return anything), I just give cash. I always say when school is getting out “Christmas is coming FAST!!”. All I know is I have a cruise coming in 2 mo. and I NEED to get walking!!!
BAM! One day you are working along thinking you will get ahead one of these days and the next day you look up and realize retirement is literally around the corner! When did this happen?
The most helpful thing for me when trying to buy less is to unsubscribe to emails, and have them sent to a new email address just for online shopping. That way I can browse when I feel like shopping – but it’s not in my face temping/taunting me daily (or multiple emails a day!)