Monday, February 25, 2013

Facing the Truth

Ooohhh.  Scary title!

Facing the truth about just how much yarn has come into the house this year already, despite saying I'm only buying for confirmed projects!  I've got so many ideas running around, and so little time, but I've just got to buckle down and get this tally updated!
I was scrolling through my blog last night, and was having trouble figuring out what yarns I've already included, so I'm going to itemize things a bit better today.  I can use my tablet to look back at my blog, while using the desktop to do the writing!  But it appears I need to take some pictures first!  And upload them!  And my uploading program is not co-operating.  And now Blogger rotated one of the photos...
Let's back up and look back and what's come in earlier this year:
Jan 14: order; $21.17; 200gr
Jan 25:  Value Village; yarn 461gr (sweaters not included); Michaels' Vanna's Choice; 200gr; $23.96
Jan 26:  Grey and Peach sweaters, 581gr; $13.54

And yarn out:
Jan 31:  266 gr mini blankets
Feb 20:  40gr Hershey set

So, yeah.  I'm a bit behind.  I'm sure you're assuming I've made more than just 3 mini blankets (on a knitting machine), a ruffle scarf, and a newborn hat/diaper cover set!  I've got more to show--some I've been hoping for "real" photos before posting.  What else is there?
Fisherman's Outfit:  174 gr
Green and Pink textured stocking caps:  151gr for pink one (green one in last year)
Striped crochet earflap hat:  40gr
4 pairs tiny "ballet slippers":  18gr
Beehive Slouch hat:  100gr

All that adds up to only 483gr.  I've got other projects I'm currently working on (such as those Baby Surprise Jackets that needed sewing up and buttons...).  But at least now I can update my Confessions, and blog later about the actual projects.

Now....for the yarn that has come IN the house....eeeekk!
 A trip to Value Village resulted in all these bags of Paton's Classic Wool (in boring colours, $1.99 a ball!) (775gr) and two balls of Lopi (165gr), and one ball of a glittery, white fuzzy yarn called "Madonna" by "Laines Pierber" (50gr); the ball of beige Vanna's Choice was from Michaels' (100gr), and the balled yarn on the right was a sweater I unravelled (610gr).  $37.17
The sweater also had 3 or so nice large buttons.
Another trip to Value Village and I found this cute, Eastery scarf that I'm unravelling (158gr), a bag with unlabelled yarn (233gr) in white and grey that might be more of the Sear's "Giselle" that I used for a lot of blankets last year.  I want to do twin girls "opposite" hats (one in pink with a grey bow, and one in grey with a pink bow).  I found another ball of raspberry Giselle when I was cleaning up, and know that I can get two to three hats out of one ball.  The grey yarn at the bottom of the middle bag is really nice, a crimpy yarn with bits of pastel colours in it.  I don't recognize it at all.  The bag on the right (354gr) is filled with a pretty light turquoise (not blue like this picture, there is definitely more turquoise to it), fine weight yarn.  I can't tell if it's dirty, faded, or a "kettle" dye (although I do see a few yellow spots that look like dirt).  A quick burn test reveals a burning hair smell that didn't flame up much, burnt out quickly, and left ash....wool!  Can't wait to knit this up!  Just, please don't ask when :)  $11.27
And last, but not least--6 balls of Bernat Mosaic (600gr).  A quick run-in to my mom's little "V&S Stedmans" (more than a dollar store, less than Wal-Mart, LOL) and I found these in their decent yarn section.  They've been selling bagged yarns from the Spinrite tent sales, but these were the only colours of Mosaic left.  But for $10 a bag, how could I turn them down?!  $22.60

Oh, yeah, that wasn't "last".  Here we have a little boy's sweater that I unravelled for the yarn (220gr) --I needed light blue, soft orange, white, and light bright green (which is Vanna's Choice (100gr). It was darker than I wanted, and an hour after giving the hat to the buyer, I found the perfect light green at Wal-Mart). $8.51

Total weight from this update:  3365gr.
Total costs from this update:  $79.55
Yarn out from this update:  483gr

Let's combine this with the previous totals:
Yarn In:  3365gr + 1442gr = 4807gr
Yarn Out:  483gr + 398gr = 881gr
Balance:  4807gr-881gr = 3926gr more brought IN than out
Costs:  $79.55 + $58.61 = $138.16/56 days = $2.47/day

And I have to go to Michaels' tomorrow for at least one more ball of yarn...
As much as this seems, last year on Feb 27, I had 10 466gr in, due to a donation, and had spent $2.62/day!  Wow.  I thought for sure I was way above last year!  The big difference is that this year, I'm making a bit of money :)

1 comment:

Sheryl Evans said...

Tracy, I know just what you mean. I don't know how these 'Super Women' do it. It seems like I am always a step behind where I should be. I find myself planning my day the night before I go to sleep & kinda follow that map when I get up. Otherwise, I would get nothing done!! ;-) Sheryltorecry