My most recent posts have been about my desire to buy fewer things, because my house is full of ‘stuff’. This includes craft materials. I like trying projects I haven’t attempted before, which leads to the purchase of various materials. Some of these I utilise over and over, but others barely see the light of day after a few trial uses.
Well, it’s late January and I’ll get to the point and admit it; I have fallen off the wagon. The ‘no purchase’ wagon, that is. I could tell myself it’s the fault of craft programmes, encouraging me to try lots of new arts, which necessitate the purchase of a kit for each. I could point the finger of blame at retailers for having new year sales that are too good to resist. In reality, nobody is to blame but me and my lack of willpower.
In part to shame myself, and in part because I can’t wait to share my purchases, I’m going to show off my new stuff!
I couldn’t resist these wooden knitting needles, due to the cute woodland print fabric that surrounds them. Did I need more needles? Definitely not, but I can’t resist foxes, owls and deer, plus they were seriously reduced (down to half price).
I bought this pom pom making duo after I struggled to use one I’d had with a craft mag. Two days after buying the pack I sort of worked out how to use the freebie! You may be thinking, “How can anyone struggle to make a pom pom?” Well, the answer is, I have a problem with spatial awareness and I couldn’t work out how the component parts of the gadget fitted together. Not even after an hour of trying…
I’m going to take this opportunity to go off on a pom pom tangent, and ask why they are so tricky to make? When I make them, the central fastening thread is visible, which results in the pom pom appearing halved, with more of a bow shape than a nice fluffy ball. I tried shaking the finished pom poms out, but the securing yarn in the middle remained visible. I tried rolling them about, to try to round them out, (they fell to bits). Maybe I am using too much wool to fasten the halves together, which gives the pom pom a chunky mid section. I’ll have to attempt it with fewer winds of wool.
Anyway, back to my confession about buying stuff I don’t really need…
I bought five balls of wool, even though I have bags of the stuff. Two of the balls have been knitted up into a scarf (a justifiable purchase, therefore). The other three are sitting in a basket, waiting for a project to come along.
I bought these cute motifs, but at 10p each I’m not going to be too sorry!
Finally, I bought yet another roll of double sided sticky tape, because I have an irrational fear of running out of it. I get through loads of the stuff when making gift jars from coffee containers.
I could have bought so much more. My local Hobbycraft has a clearance section and the bargains there are incredible, even more so than usual at this time of year. I really had to show restraint. John Lewis haberdashery also has a sale on, with lots of items discounted or reduced to clear. I had to walk away from the temptation to buy an embroidery hoop and fabric, craft kits, little fake flowers, Christmassy fabric, the most sparkly wool I have ever seen, and a sewing box covered in the woodland fabric I mentioned above.
John Lewis also have the most incredible looking knitting needles I have ever seen, in kaleidoscopic colours. They are so beautiful I suspect my eyes turned heart shaped while I marvelled at them.
Let’s look on the bright side. I fell off the wagon, but I also showed restraint. My challenge in February will be steadfast and show more control. An obvious way to do this would be to avoid craft shops and haberdashery stores altogether, but I’m sure they call to me. They have a siren song. I can’t be the only one to hear it…