When I say Cold Sheep 2013, I don't mean that I want to take ALL the wool from sheep and to leave them huddled and shivering in the cold. Although my mom did accuse me of leaving behind plenty of naked sheep behind after our trip to Scotland in 2008. (Yeah, I bought a lot of yarn on that trip.)
Nope, I mean to evoke the phrase "cold turkey". Which means I'm going to attempt to not purchase any new yarn or fiber in 2013. If you've known me for very long, you know that I'm not all that good at sticking with challenges or resolutions. Nevertheless, I'm going to attempt it. I actually have a few goals for 2013.
1. No new yarn or spinning fiber for 2013.
2. No new clothing for 2013. Any clothes should be either sewn or knitted.
3. I will pay down at least $8,000.00 of debt this year.
Something I haven't decided about yet is Yarn School. I'd really like to go in the fall and if I can manage to save enough to go AND still make my debt payoff goal, then I will have a new dilemma. How to make it through Yarn School without buying additional fiber? Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure I spent close to $200 when I went in 2011. Of course, I haven't spun all of that yet so there's an incentive not to buy more. But seeing as how student get two pounds of fiber to dye, I can't see as how I would need to buy any more.
I am giving myself an exception for swapping or buying from someone's destash. But my main goal is to not accumulate more stash so I will be shopping my stash for any knitting and spinning projects this year.
As far as the clothing thing goes, I really do have a lot of clothes. Most of them I don't wear for whatever reason. So I will be mending and altering this year along with sewing and knitting. I don't have as much fabric as I used to but I still have enough to make myself a few things. I also have a mending pile that has overtaken the craft room closet. I am giving myself an undergarment exception clause for clothing, though. (I have to draw the line somewhere.) Depending on the occassion that arises, I may have to get some clothing at a thrift store, but no actual new clothing this year.
I am creating a Fabric Recycles clause to my goals for the year. Fabric Recycles is a great local craft resale shop. I've found some great sock yarn there in the past as well as fabric and notions for my nieces' Halloween costumes. They also buy fabric, notions, etc. too and I've taken advantage of that as well. Since it's a resale shop, nothing is technically new. So if I need to sew or knit something and I don't have it in my collection already, I'm allowing myself to get it from Fabric Recycles.
And the debt...well, at my current rate I should be able to pay down $7,000.00 this year. So I am going to push myself and try to find an extra $1,000.00 this year to put towards the debt.
What it all comes down to for me is consuming less. Spending less money also allows me to pay the debt down faster. Buying fewer things helps me keep my living space less cluttered. It sounds great in theory, but this is the year for me to put it into practice!
How will you be challenging yourself this year?