So I went from lack of motivation with too many projects on the hook to lots of ideas...and still too many unfinished projects on the hook. How did I remedy the situation?
I bought yarn.
But to be fair - I was only going to go to Joann's to pick up more Homespun to finish the purple dream blanket. But there was no sale to be had and I figured I could get a better deal online. I would also be able to buy this new yarn by Lion Brand for a baby blanket I need to make. While the Lion Brand site had decent prices (y'all know how to trick the system into giving you 15% off, right?), I found better prices elsewhere...which included really good prices on other brands of yarn and a flat rate on shipping. Before I knew it, I was hitting the "Place Order" button while my credit card winced in pain.
Upon reflection of what I had just done, I made a very difficult decision:
I am on a yarn freeze until MS&W in May.
The final pre-freeze splurge arrived on Wednesday from Knitting Warehouse. I laughed when I was tracking the package online - 10.6 pounds of yarn! Egads! It's a record for me.
So let's start with what prompted this spree in the first place: the Homespun yarn in Grape to finish the Purple Dream blanket.
When I took the photos earlier this week, the lighting in the room was awful and no matter how I tried to fix the flash, I couldn't get very good shots. These photos are fixed up a bit except the last one - that one is au naturale. The blanket has almost 8 skeins in it and 4 more skeins to go. And yes, that's the new papazan. It's so comfy!
Next in the order was 2 skeins in each color: Almond, Lemon Drop, Pistachio, & Blueberry.
This is Lion Brand's new Cupcake yarn that I'm going to use to make a baby blanket for my most-recently prego pal. They are keeping the gender of the baby a surprise so I need to make a gender-neutral blanket. This is the one I'm making (free pattern from Lion Brand if you sign in):
As the Cupcake yarn is new and I was buying it without seeing or feeling it in person, I decided I needed to order a back up. Hence, I bought some Cotton-Ease in similar colors, though I picked a reddish-orange color instead of the pale yellow.
Two skeins each of Maize, Lake, Lime and Terracotta.
The bright colored acrylic yarn is for little Brodie's crocheted alphabet project. Yep - I'm gonna make 26 little stuffed pillows in the hopes that it helps her learn her alphabet.
Two skeins each of Caron Simply Soft Brites in Watermelon, Mango, Lemonade, Limelight, Berry Blue and Rose Violet
I'm using the patterns by Woven~n~Spun. No worries - the letters won't be as big as the "J" pillow I made.
Hmmmmm.....Where am I going to put all the new fiberliciousness? The yarn cabinet was full before the big purchase.
At least I know I'll be able to find room for these... Prior to the ordering, I used some of my Christmas gift cards at Joann's to buy circular needles. I'm hoping that having them will get me motivated to learn how to use them. We'll see.
Susan Bates sizes 2, 3, 4 & 5.
I also found these adorable wooden statues with which to decorate the craft room.
All the new yarn must sit and wait for me to use it, for in addition to the yarn freeze, I'm also on a project freeze until the Purple Dream blanket is completed. It was to be a Christmas gift and then it was supposed to be done by MLK weekend. For the love of cheese, it must be done before Valentine's Day!
And did I mention the other projects hanging out?
I started both of these projects because they are easily transportable during my commute and I was trying to use up yarn in my stash.
An Oscar scarf made out of Olive Fun Fur I got for Christmas:
The beginnings of yet another baby and/or kid blanket made with flower motifs:
And don't forget, the yet unfinished Eight Pocket Two-Tone Carryall Tote and the Spiral Pentagram Motif Shawl.
So the yarn freeze will (AND MUST!) continue until MS&W in May.
I WILL BUY NOTHING until then.
Have a little faith in me, would you? :)