When I went to part time this September, I decided that I would start a yarn diet (with the exception of Rhinebeck). It makes sense: if I'm bringing home less money, I shouldn't be spending it on yarn when I have a perfectly wonderful stash. As it turns out, I haven't done so well.
I felt the intense need to buy the bulky yarn at the New Jersey fiber festival. I then needed to buy some yarn to be the trim on my Back to School vest. And this yarn? Well, it was on sale, and I didn't find any red tweed at Rhinebeck and I really wanted some red tweed.
When the (very on sale!) Kathmandu Tweed arrived from Webs to augment the red tweed in case it wasn't enough to make an entire sweater, my dear fiance mentioned mildly that it didn't seem like I was on a diet at all. How could he think that?
Feeling a little guilty, I started thinking about this diet thing. I don't do well with them. Like Jody mentioned, as soon as I think about a diet, I want to buy every ball of yarn available anywhere. Stella's post about her yarn diet made me *want* to join her, but I knew that I couldn't do it.
I did, however, come up with a great alternative.
I can buy as much yarn as I want, BUT for every ball of yarn I buy I have to run laps on the track with David as
punishment payment. Believe me, this is a deterrent. I really don't enjoy running. But if there is something that I must have, this is a good gauge to how much I want it.
After much discussion, we decided that I need to run 4 times the amount of yardage that I buy. So a skein of sock yarn earns about a mile. Doesn't that work out nicely?
The next thing to deal with is a time limit. Stella is going until April, but I think I can actually sustain this for longer than that. So my plan is to stick with this until Rhinebeck next year, or until my stash is half of what it is right now. According to Ravelry, I have 124 balls of yarn (plus four that haven't been entered in), so I would have to have 64 balls or less before the
punishment payment plan is lifted.
Do you think I can make it? I wonder how many miles I'll end up running for yarn in 2008.