Now that Halloween is over, you will notice a lot of Christmas catalogs coming out. Look for "early Black Friday" deals on many websites. Be careful though - only make the purchase if it's marked down at least 20% and you were planning to buy it anyway.
November is a great time to get your sweaters in tip-top shape. As you are pulling them out to keep yourself warm, you need to check a couple of things:
1. Check for pilling - if it is minimal (under the arms, in small patches), you can use a depiller to clean it up. If the whole sweater is covered, then it is probably time to say goodbye.
2. If you have a small ridge of elastic at the bottom of your cardigans, look to see if it has shrunk. I find that in these sweaters, the elastic part shrinks and the rest of the sweater either grows or becomes "roundy" around your waist. You need to say goodbye to these- nobody needs a sweater to accentuate our tummies or create a muffin top when there isn't one there.
3. Look for discoloration - this will generally occur under the arms. Just as your white shirt gets yellow stains under the arms, this will also happen in a sweater. The color may not be yellow - so look for a lighter shade of the color of the sweater. Once this happens - you've got to let it go.
4. Have they lost their shape? Some sweaters after cleaning, lose their shape. Some can be "reblocked" to bring the shape back. You can do this by washing the sweater and pulling it back to shape while it is wet. Let it dry flat. If they have stretched out - you can try to put them in the dryer to shrink them down - but beware and be careful.