I’ve been naughty and have sort of “bent” my New Year’s Resolutions a little bit ^^ You may remember, I said this year that I only had one: to avoid all unnecesary spending. The key word, of course is “unnecessary” – how do we define what is necessary and what isn’t?
I did some scarf knitting recently and, although I didn’t have a proper large darning needle, I managed to weave in yarn ends (MacGyver style) for the ones I did as pressies however the 2 scarves I knitted for myself had been sitting with “tails” waiting to be finished off. I therefore decided to buy myself a needle. Bought a plastic one – to keep costs down – and it’s perfect.
It probably won’t be brilliant for any big jobs, but for weaving in scarf ends it was fine and I will now be able to (finally) wear my two new scarves!
Still on the knitting front . . . while searching for darning needles on line, I ended up on PriceMinister (where I also have my own little shop) and realised I had 19 euros from previous sales just sitting in my “kitty” on line ^^ So, not only did I order my plastic needle, I also bought a couple of odd balls of yarn – to use for knitting up squares for my new “patchwork knitted blankie” idea. This wasn’t a necessary buy, I agree, but I figured, since money came out of on-line kitty and NOT out of my current account . . . it wasn’t really “spending” lol.
I then had the brainwave of selling a few of my crafty bits (books I don’t use etc) . . . and within several hours I had a few sales . . . so more money coming IN instead of going OUT.
Which is what then prompted me to buy the following when doing a quick shop at Lidl.
I have never knitted with circular needles before, and I’ve heard there’s a knack to it. However, I also know how much needles cost – so when I saw these for only 1.99 euros (for a pack of 2 pairs) . . . I bought four packs, and therefore have 8 pairs of circular needles for the grand total of 7.96 euros. Again, probably not necessary lol but just think of all the money I saved ^^
Less of an excuse as to why I bought the following though (still in Lidl)
I know, I’m incorrigible . . . but couldn’t resist buying some yarn too. It’s 100% cotton and, as you can see, I bought 2 packs. Each pack contains 4 x 50g and is supposedly enough to knit the summer top pictured on the packet (in Small). My reasoning behind this buy – I will eventually need to jump in with both feet and tackle a real knitting project, following a real pattern. Seems sensible to do it with some cheaper yarn rather than spending a fortune on something more expensive and making a hash of it.