2020 Knitting Plans

For the past two years I’ve been on a yarn diet. In 2018 I allowed myself 100g of yarn for every 500g knit. In 2019 I allowed myself 100g of yarn for every 300g knit, with an exception for keeping a sweaters quantity of yarn on hand. Because of those two years I’m in a place where I’m mostly comfortable with my stash. This year I’m allowing myself 100g of yarn for every 100g knit.

I am going to be more intentional about my yarn purchases. I will be going to three yarn festivals this year, and I have already made a list of yarn that I would like to find. I do not plan on picking up random yarn when I visit a yarn store.

I am going to be intentional about what I cast on. I have always cast on what I feel like in the moment, which is a great way to knit. The problem is, I have projects I have wanted to make for years that I haven’t gotten around to making. Because of that I’ve planned out one cast on a month for the next year. I’m sure I’ll cast on more than that (heck, I finished 43 projects last year), but I want to make sure I cast on the 12 items. If I get excited and cast on a project earlier than scheduled I’ll be adding a project to cast on during the scheduled cast on month. It sounds confusing as I read this, but the principle is simple, I will cast on one new thing each month and I will actually knit the things I have been wanting to knit.

JanuaryBike Hat for John
FebruaryFingerless Mitts for Sarah
MarchEllie Socks
AprilChristmas Stocking for baby M-C (need yarn)
MayShawl for Kathy
JunePride Socks (need to find rainbow yarn)
JulyChirstmas in July Socks
August 2 color brioche cowl
SeptemberColorwork Cowl
OctoberOxbow Cardigan (need to decide on yarn)
NovemberSlippers for Mary
DecemberColorwork Cardigan for me

As I am likely to cast on several items early I have a list of possible items to add in: dishcloths, Trelawney Shawl, Dreyma Mitts, Inglis Mitts, and many pairs of socks.

Do you plan what you will knit for the year or do you wing it? Are there any things you feel you must make this year?

Yarn Guilt

Do you remember yesterday when I told you I was OK with going over my allotted yarn within my yarn diet? Apparently that was a lie.

Last night I was up for three hours in the middle of the night stressing about buying so much yarn. It isn’t because I won’t use it (I will use it). It isn’t because I can’t afford it (I can afford it). It is simply because I am breaking the rules I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

I am now very tired and looking forward to going to bed early. I can’t change the fact that I bought the yarn. I can make darn sure to get a lot of knitting done this summer. If I knit fast enough I should be able to be in the black again by the end of August. I hope I sleep better tonight. I do think losing sleep over buying yarn is pretty ridiculous and will probably keep me from going off budget ever again.

Knitting makes me crazy. I’m not the only one, right?