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The exercise-yarn resolution

Inspired by my good friend Theresa over at Knitterary, I’ve decided to put money into a jar for every kilometre I walk on the dreadmill treadmill, and limit my yarn and fibre expenditure to what’s in the jar.

I’m not much good at either exercise or resolutions, (but very good at buying stuff) so to make this workable for me, I’m paying myself more than Theresa’s doing. I decided, at least to start with, that $1 per kilometre will encourage me to exercise. Given the price of yarn here, and my knitting habits, that should be a good balance of discipline/reward.

I did 1.5 kilometres this morning. I’m already feeling like I want to do 2 kms this afternoon. Enough yarn for a pair of socks is around $10 for plain commercial, to $25 for handpainted. Enough Bendigo yarn for a jacket or jumper is around $70, and way more for other yarns. A cone of cottolin for weaving is about $25, likewise a skein of silk. Now, I’m slightly cheating here, because I do have enough in my stash to keep me going for a while, due to recent purchases, but if I stick to this commitment for future yarn purchases, I should build up enough funds for larger projects, as well as the occasional sock yarn purchase.

So, we’ll see how this works out!! To keep me honest, I’ll do a page here on the blog with contributions and ‘deductions’.

Yarn fund jar

(Yes, it really needs a label that has a knitter on a treadmill wrapped in yarn, but I’m not that artistic.)

2 Responses to The exercise-yarn resolution

  • Rachael says:

    What a great resolution, can I pinch the idea too? Happy new Year!

  • Bron says:

    Rachael – go for it! I adapted my friend’s scheme to suit me – she was aiming at rewarding herself with a particular yarn, whereas I’m tying exercise to all my yarn/fibre purchases. It’s the only time I’ve ever got excited about this kind of thing – I’m usually lousy at resolutions! I’d love to be able to share the challenge with others, for extra inspiration.

    Have a great, yarn-filled, New Year!