Lets set the scene. January, 2015. A new year. Still on break from work.
I decide to go Cold Sheep.
That means no more yarn until what I have is feasibly used up. You'll see more about this later, don't worry, but imagine me setting out the guidelines for exceptions.
- I can buy yarn if it is only to finish a project I already have. For instance, I bought a third hank of Alchemy Silk Purse (more on that later) when I realized two was not quite enough to finish the scarf.
- I can buy yarn if it is for a gift or a special request.
- In February, when I go to Stitches WEST, I can buy yarn, but only for projects that I've already determined (no impulse buying!).
- Once my stash fits comfortably in one crate (instead of 4) and I have mostly small, unassigned bits left, I can lift the restrictions.
I open up my Ravelry tab and come across this delightful pattern.
"It's beautiful!" I think, "And perfect for stash busting!"
Soon, my Sophie's Garden is underway, a nice long-weekend of crochet before the frenzy resumes.
And then, I discover that Dedri is hosting a CAL to expand Sophie and make her into a six-foot blanket. I have always wanted to join a CAL. I want to be part of a community. I want to make friends and have something to look forward to. The mystery of it all, finding out each section as you go, intrigues me. I get a rush just thinking about it. I must participate.
But alas, I don't have the yarn...
So, I quickly make one more rule, and since it's during that first week of January, it doesn't count, right?
- I can buy yarn to participate in Sophie's Universe.
Now, of course, I have, since then, hemmed and hawed about purchasing the yarn to participate in another CAL, or maybe make a second Sophie, trying to justify it under stipulation four. So far, I have stood my ground, so we'll see!
Anyway, here's my Sophie's Garden, which currently sits daintily upon a card table only slightly larger than she is!