Monday, May 10, 2010
We can not eat yarn, it does not typically keep your lights on, and cannot be knit in to money we can spend. But lately I have thought a lot about the benefits of knitting and other semi-free pleasures that make day to day life a little more bearable. If you allow yourself a yarn budget, depending on the amount of time each day you squeeze some knitting in, you could afford yourself hours of free joy!
1. Let's say you spend $60 on enough yarn to make a sweater(which is definitely possible) All you need to do is skip a $5 lunch out 15 days this month.
2. The free joy will begin.. 2 hours of fun choosing the pattern, scoping the internet for your favorite new free pattern or perusing you favorite local yarn shops books and individual patterns.
3. Then there is the actually knitting-you yarn is bought and paid for so this pleasure is also now free!
Let's say you allow yourself 1 hour of uninterrupted knitting every night-that would be in my dream land but maybe your reality if a little better than mine. Now you know some days your one hour of knitting will be replaced by work, a soccer game, an obligation, a headache, a phone call or any number of life's little events. So on a relaxing Saturday afternoon you may knit for 3 hours to make up the time! I am simply guessing it will take you 30 hours of knitting to complete the entire project-knit, blocked, and put together. That means for the entire month you have the joy of knitting that you have already paid for.
4. Then the sweater is complete and you are so proud of your new addition to your wardrobe. You can spend at least 30 minutes trying it on, modeling it for your family and patting yourself on the back..AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. I am a big on the back patter!
5.Then the wearing begins, depending upon how often you wear this garment, it not only can keep you clothed but you every time you wear it you have that inner warmth of pride and if you receive a compliment if is just another 10 minutes of free joy!
$60=Smile after smile after smile....
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Do you think it is bad that I am now putting "knit" on the To Do list? My knitting has remined untouched for 5 days! Changing my priorities right now...moving knitting to the top of the list. (Blogging may even find a space on this list as well...
Friday, February 12, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
18 days since my resolution...
10 days at the gym-okay
4 trips to the grocery,3 out of 4 trips with reusable bags- I would call that progress.
No idea if I have said no to anything. ..
Oops, pizza and a cupcake for dinner but it is my birthday!
Definitely not as resolved as I had hoped - giving myself a B - for now.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here are my 2010 resolutions.
1. Always carry reusable bags to the grocery store. This is simple. Being married to Mr. In the Loop, a tried and true greenie, this should be an obvious habit. I have have even bought myself cute bags to carry to encourage the environmentally friendly diva in me but it is still a challenge.
2. Learn to say no. This may seem like a little two letter word but for some reason that one syllable often gets stuck in my throat. Mr. In the Loop and I both love to go and do. We have wonderful friends and excellent families. That being said I sometimes feel spread so thin that if my appearance reflected my feelings. I would be a waif thin model. (will definitely blog about this more at a later date)
3. Workout more...duh.
4. Eat better. Seriously, eat healthy. Got it? This is only the 14th year of this resolution.
5. Save more dough. I am not much of a shopper but I can get into a Target Hypnosis where I have no idea what I "neeeded" but it will be $100 or more, I know there are a lot of you out there that have found yourself in this zone. Just cutting a shopping trip like that out and maybe bringing my lunch more than 3 days to work would really give me more money in the bank.
So 5 ideas seem like a manageable number.
The most I can hope for is... if you see me in Target I will be wearing work out clothes, snacking on carrot sticks, and carrying a FEW small purchases in my reusable bag.
Wanna come closer to keeping New Year's resolutions? Put them out there on the worldwide web. Add your resolutions to the comments and I will try to hold you accountable, as I hope you do for me!