I have enough patterns (for now)

At the end of this week, my magazine subscriptions for my Kindle Fire are up for renewal. If I were to renew them, the total would be about $100 (and this is after stopping subscriptions to the ones that charged monthly rather than yearly).

I think I have exactly ONE pattern from a magazine in my queue – and that was a magazine I bought at a store after seeing the pattern. Sure, the subscriptions are fun for a few minutes. Every other month, or once a quarter for some, I see that new magazine on my Kindle Fire. I read the 3 or so pages of reading material. I glance at the patterns. And then… do I ever knit or crochet any of it? Nope.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure the only pattern from a magazine I’ve ever actually done, was a magazine I borrowed from the library.

So when I totaled up how much it would cost to renew all the magazines, I decided I’m not going to renew them. I also decided to take a look at my other patterns and reevaluate my buying habits. This is the amount of patterns in my library right now

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This is in addition to the about 650 free patterns on my favorites list, and a few magazines and books I own that I never added to my library. A lot of the patterns in my library were free with a coupon code, but still; I have over 3000 patterns to choose from, that I want to do. I’ve done a few of them – but it was very few.

This year I have purchased 28 patterns, and of those 28, I used ONE. Of course, I plan to do all of them, hopefully soon; but I realize now that I’ve got patterns I bought a year and a half ago that I planed to do hopefully soon.

Now I don’t like terms like “stash down” nor “cold sheep”, but I have to rein it in. I have enough patterns (for now); it’s time to stop looking for more and start knitting & crocheting them! I think I’ll set a goal of doing at least 1 item from a purchased pattern per week (and hexipuffs for the Beekeeper’s quilt don’t count… though I purchased that back in April of last year and only started it in January).

I don’t want to say that this is a goal for the year… I have no idea what patterns I may need down the line. But at least, for now, that is a goal.

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