Yarn Along:: Shopping the Stash

I’m joining Ginny at Small Things for another Yarn Along, sharing my knitting and reading pleasures.

This week’s book seems to fit right in with my goal of knitting from stash. The plan was to work my way through the cotton blends I bought last spring and summer, and so far I’m doing just that. On Sunday I cast on for the Little Sister Dress and have been knitting on it here and there. There’s a lot more purling than I realized; glancing at the pattern photo, I assumed it was a garter stitch bodice. The colors in this yarn are fresh and watery, and even though it’s 100% cotton it’s pretty nice to knit with. My left hand does start to ache after a few rows, so I’m trying to knit on it in small bits to avoid getting knitter’s thumb again.

Anyway, back to the book. Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping was an impulse get at the library. I was looking for vegetarian cookbooks when this caught my eye. In it, Levine shares her experience as she gives up all “non-essential” purchasing for an entire year.  She even forgoes entertainment like movies and concerts which I certainly see as essential. I’m still in the first half of the book, but so far it’s a pretty interesting read as the author combines her personal narrative with facts about economics, consumer emulation, and the psychology behind why we buy what we buy. Reading this book certainly gets me thinking, and that’s always a good thing.

What are you stitching or reading this week?

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17 thoughts on “Yarn Along:: Shopping the Stash

  1. I need to read that book! I’ve always been a little scared to though. 🙂 The yarn colorway is beautiful!

  2. That book sounds really interesting. I could go for a year without shopping! I’m currently reading the Game of Thrones series.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion — gonna go find that book at the library. I had a self-imposed no-unnecessary-purchases Lent and it was very interesting! Not sure I could do it for a year, but, like you said — food for thought.

  4. I laughed when I saw that you were using up your stash and “not buying it!” There have been a few friends of friends who have done that. I don’t think I could do it.

  5. I’m working on my second “Clara” dress for Adelaide. I love it (and her) that much! I’m reading “The Buddha and the Borderline” by Kiera Van Gelder. It’s about an autobiography about Kiera, who is working on recovery from borderline personality disorder, with the help of, among other things, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which I have been teaching since the 90s. I attended a presentation by Kiera a couple of weeks ago and was intrigued and I’m enjoying her book. It’s always good to know that we can make a difference in someone’s life.

  6. Lucky you had such pretty yarn in your stash! I had totally forgotten that I wanted to read this book. I heard about it a year or two ago and it sounded very interesting.

  7. the picture isn’t showing up! Boo.

    I made Little Sister’s Dress. It’s a gorgeous little piece that was worn a lot.

    I love the idea of the book. I like the idea of frugality or making do. I certainly try and think before i buy – sometimes, not all the time but could do it more. It’d be worth it for understanding more about what that impulse to shop means – that shopping you do when you’re not sure what you even want or need.

  8. Well done Sonia – lifting the bar for all – I think what you’re doing is magnificent. Using your stash is so much better for the environment and really how a lot of knitting was done over centuries and still very much today in poor countries. The colour of the yarn looks yummy – I’m doing a similiar colour – bought from the local Church shop for about 20 cents a ball – enjoy your knittting. The book looks totally fabulous. I’ll have a look for it at our library today. Make a beautiful day and take precious care. Love Katie x

  9. I don’t shop a lot (except for groceries!); my clothes are on the old side. I can’t give up shopping for clothes right now, because it’s been 5 years already since my last spree.

    Reading: Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings. They belong to theTeen.

    Knitting: re-knitting Sakura/Hanami cowl for publication. Need to watch more Glee to make me sit down and finish!

  10. I’m so excited! This is the very first time I’ve read your blog (or any) and have actually tried what was being talked about. I just completed a Little Sister Dress for a co-worker as a baby-to-be gift. It was a great project. I love the shaping and that it is almost completely worked in the round. I can’t wait to see what yours looks like.

    Great idea about not shopping for non-essentials. Challenging I would think.

  11. That is exciting! So far it’s going great, but I think it’s bigger than I wanted. Good thing little ones get bigger!

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