16 February 2012

Will Power (not)

At the beginning of the year, as I was thinking of all the wonderful and magnificent ways I would become a better, more organized, kinder, and all around more wonderful person, I said to myself, "Well, Self, you really do have plenty of yarn here.  So why not decide to not buy more yarn unless you TRULY need a type of yarn you don't have for some special project?"  Self replied, "Oh Self, I think that's such a good idea.  I shall try it."  Myself was then quite pleased with itself.

Then I got an e-mail about the Rockin' Sock Club.  I had no desire to sign up (been there, done that, enjoyed it), and even if it had been my fondest wish, could not afford the price anyway.  But then I thought, "Well, I wonder what else it out there.  It's fun to get packages in the mail, and try new yarns."  So I Googled around, and came across the Mad About Tosh Club, from Twisted in Portland, Oregon.  I have limited experience with Madelinetosh yarns, but I know that they are pretty, soft, and have colors that appeal to me (even the ones I don't really like I think are beautiful). It was an every-other-month deal, and for what it was, the cost was reasonable (meaning I had some money left after buying Christmas gifts), so I decided that I would join.  My reasoning was that a) I could afford it, b) the package in the mail every other month would be nice, since I wasn't buying other yarn, c) I would only have six more skeins by the end of the year, and d) I am weak.

The first package arrived in the mail last week, and I was more than pleased with installment one:

Now you have to admit that it's mighty pretty!  (Even my questionable photography skills don't make it look bad ...)  It was accompanied by a pattern for a really lovely shawlette that just looked like springtime to me.  I hope to get it started before too long, because it would be nice to have it once Spring arrives.  I was determined to finish the one remaining Christmas gift that I was knitting before I started, though, and I finished that last night.  (But that will be a whole 'nother post.)  So maybe this weekend - which is a three-day weekend, as the library is closed on Monday for Presidents' Day - I can start!  Granted, a glance at the pattern shows some Wrap & Turn stitches (my nemesis), but I'm gonna try and get it figured out as best I can.

So to review:

  • I talk to and respond to myself a lot;
  • I make lots of grand plans;
  • I have no actual follow-through when/if something new and shiny shows up;
  • I hate W&T;
  • I finished knitting the last gift for Christmas 2011;
  • I have an upcoming three-day weekend.

Maybe my will power leaves something to be desired, but at least I have self-awareness ...


Jenn said...

I. Love. Madeline Tosh yarns. I was doing so well working at an LYS and not expanding my stash by leaps and bounds, and then we got a huge shipment of Tosh DK, and then another and the next thing you know, I'm squirreling away Tosh like there's no tomorrow.

If you can take a look at "Little Red in the City," it has an excellent description of wrap and turn.

KSD said...

Self-awareness trumps grand plans every time.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- Self awareness, yes. I too have plenty of that, but I'm a sucker for something new and shiny.

Lynn said...

I talk AND respond to myself a lot as well. I love the self awareness comment. You may talk to yourself and have no will power, but you know this abt yourself so you are ahead of the game!!!!

Carrie K said...

Other than the upcoming three day weekend - we could be twins.

Follow through. So over-rated. Did you see that beautiful Madelinetosh yarn? Did you? :)