Friday, January 16, 2009

The Challenge

Obviously the challenge for me is being able to keep this blog updated. I’m going to try to do a better job of it in 2009. My problem is that I don’t have a lot of time on the computer at home and I can’t blog with pictures when I post from email at the office. I really like to blog with pictures, but then that would require me taking pictures of my finished objects (more on that later).

Since we are both reaching SABLE (Stash Acquisition beyond Life Expectancy for non-knitters), my friend Darlene sent me an email back at the beginning of December with a Challenge. The Challenge is a yarn diet and since we have both been complaining that we need to lose weight, we added an incentive for doing well in our real diet. The challenge is for six months. Yes, you heard me correctly. No yarn purchases for six months (with very few exceptions). So without further ado, here are the rules:

1. NO yarn purchases for six months.

2. In the event that you need to gift knit and absolutely can't come up with something from your stash (and we will be on the honor system here)....then you can buy...but must give the reasons and explanations PRIOR to purchase (you know...that whole accountability thing).

3. There will be ONE Emergency yarn purchase pass per person during the six month duration....which the event of extreme duress you may make ONE purchase (any yarn, any dollar amount...but only ONE purchase).

4. BUT......if you DO make an Emergency Yarn Purchase you must give up a skein of yarn from your stash to your yarn partner.

5. The person at the end of the six months that bought NO yarn will be awarded a yarny gift from your yarn partner (from her stash of course).

6. You may buy yarn to finish a project if you run out before the project is done.

7. For every 10 pounds you lose, you get the incentive of buying one skein of sock yarn (or enough yarn to make one pair of socks).

Yes, the two queens of stash enhancement are going to do without for six months. Wish us luck.

Needless to say, that with the impending diet coming, we did a little (in comparison to our total stash it was little) stash enhancement in December in preparation. So now I think we are ready. So far we are half way through January and doing good. I’m about 2-3 pounds away from my first 10 pounds.

Now to catch you up on what has been going on here. December was a bit of a blur. We had the Chicks with Sticks Cookie Swap which Cindy was gracious enough to host. It was a great time. The food was excellent, the cookies were good and the dirty Santa was a hoot! Actually we did a game where Cindy read a story and you passed the yarn whenever she said left or right. The funny part was that when the story was over, we all had our original gifts, so Cindy threw in an extra right to fix the problem.

I had originally sworn that I was not doing any Christmas knitting, but in the end I succumbed and decided at the last minute I was going to do some so then it was a race to get it all done. I would love to show you pictures of all of them, but being the airhead that I am sometimes, I gifted all of them without taking a picture of them. But here is the list of what I got done:

•A pair of socks for my Dad (technically not finished until after Christmas)
•A pair of Fuzzy Feet for my Mom
•A scarf for my sister
•Two lace neckerchief scarves for my two best girlfriends.

I also was working on a pair of socks for me in Yarntini’s Christmas Cheertini colorway. They did not get completed.

So far in 2009, I have finished the socks for my dad and the Chic Knits Felted Bucket Hat. I still need to felt the bucket hat this weekend.

As for projects that I’m working on, there are several pairs of socks, Amy Swenson’s A Better Bucket hat (I’m big on hats right now since it is so freakin’ cold outside), Juliet part two and the Circle Vest. Ok, really anyone who knows me know that there are more projects started, but that is all I’m fessing up to today.

I hope that everyone is having a great 2009 so far and that you are staying warm in this frigid weather.


Crazy For Yarn In Alabama said...

Today is day 16 of said diet.....MAN this is hard!!!

I get shaky just thinking about not buying yarn for six months!!! LOL!!

Bubblesknits said...

So, I guess this means we're bypassing In The Making tomorrow? ::cry:: Does buying patterns count?