I’ve been thinking about this for several weeks so it isn’t a spur of the moment decision. I’ve decided that in 2022, I will buy ZERO charts, fabric, project bags. The only things I will allow myself to buy are floss and needles. I will buy floss if I need something for a chart and cannot find a suitable substitute in the stash. There will probably always be a suitable substitute in the stash. I will buy needles if I need them. Needles aren’t real exciting so I know I won’t overbuy on them.
Every time I start digging through the chart bins, there are so many I want to stitch but yet I keep buying new ones. Why? I want to stitch them all. There are only so many I can do. Why buy more when I can’t even stitch all the ones I have here that I want to stitch? It’s mindless, crazy buying and I’m done.
Often there are stitch alongs that require a certain chart and I buy that chart and plan to stitch along. I have yet to finish a stitch along project and most of the charts/fabric/floss I’ve purchased for specific stitch alongs, I never even started. So, no more of those.
There are charts that are announced as “exclusives”. Often it’s a chart that can only be purchaed at one shop and when they’re gone . . they’re gone. Of course, I have to grab one of those because I may want it and it will be impossible to find. Just this week, I saw where there was a new Blackbird Designs chart, exclusive and limited, available from one shop. I picked up the phone to call and said to myself . . I’m not even crazy about the design. What am I doing? And, I didn’t do it. Small Victory #1.
So .. no charts. Not for any reason.
There’s plenty of fabric here to get me through a year or more. I definitely will not have all the called for fabric, and rarely do used called for fabric, but I will have a good substitute.
I may not have the called for color but I’ll have something close enough to use.
Last night Denise and I were talking (emailing actually) and I told her IF i can stay committed and not buy anything during the year, I’ll give myself a nice “allowance” that I can spend between Black Friday and the end of the year. It will be a set amount and I will not go over. I’ll make a list through the year of things I really want, though when I make a list and go back and look at it, I almost always scratch most of the things off the list because I don’t want them nearly as much as I thought I did when I first saw them.
There’s a slim chance I will stick with this plan but . . I will give it my best shot.