I have a terrible tendancy to love the very last thing I’ve seen or bought. I intend to make things, buy yarn for the project, and yet that yarn hasn’t seen the light of day in years. Why? Becasue before I can start that pattern with that amazing yarn – I’ve seen another pattern or yarn that I had have – and so I push the first one aside, get everything I need to for the new project….and then my wandering attention sees something else…and then I start the whole process over. Case in point:
Sure, I have a pair of socks on the needles. And yes, I also have a shawl that I have to get done. And the other shawl that I’d like to finish. Or the fair isle vest. I have 53 sock patterns in my Ravelry queue. I have 112 different types of fingering weight yarn in my stash. But the blue yarn – so pretty! New! Had to see how it knit up! And there I go, starting a new project (just a basic toe up) , with a new yarn….while all the beautiful yarn in the stash sits and waits in the dark. And you know, I think its time I started to do something a little different.
Today, I’m going to be going through my stash. All of it (sigh). I am going to look at every skein I have and make sure I have it posted in Ravelry. I’m going to ask myself if I ever will use this yarn (there are some I know I won’t – for example, I have a KnitPicks Fair Isle cardi kit that I know I’ll never make). That yarn will be posted on Ravelry for destash. For the yarns I’m going to keep, I’m going to pull out those yarns or patterns that I want to make this year. Sort of like the Personal Sock club – but not limited to socks. I’m going to put the pattern and yarn in a freezer bag (so I can see what it is – I hated not knowing what I got last year and I think its why I stopped doing it – you have to be in the mood to make certain things!) and put it on my shelf. And I will commit to making them this year. I’ll still going to make the impulsive, spur of the moment projects with the yarn I just bought, but this way I’ll finally use that yarn to make that shawl that I planned to do 3 years ago. So I’m not going to have 100 bags – I was thinking 12 projects – shawls, mittens, hats, sweaters, scarves and of course socks. The top 12 patterns that I’ll be very happy to finally do. I can’t even tell you what they are at this point (well, Citron with Madelinetosh Prairie is one), but I know they are all amazing projects. Since I’m a little late starting this, I’ll have to get two done in one month along the way but that should be ok, and I’m not worried. I know I had a lot of fingerless gloves and hats I wanted to make and those don’t take long.
So there you go – that’s my plan to manage some of my stash, and to stop the feeling that I don’t really accomplish a lot in my knitting. I can’t wait to dig in and see what I’m going to put in my bags. I’ve been sort of blah about knitting lately – which is why things are taking so long to finish – and I’m hoping this helps me jump start it. I do know that I need to spend a little less time on Ravelry, and a little more time knitting.
I had the experience of participating in someone else’s crafting obsession yesterday. My sister started quilting a year or so ago, and she’s obsessed by it – she makes the most beautiful quilts, and she is so passionate about it. She’s made me a couple of table runners in the past but nothing big. I was telling her a few months ago that Larry and I are going to redo our room, she offered to make me a quilt. So yesterday we went to her quilting store and picked out materials and a pattern. What an amazing place! It was really crowded, and had so many beautiful quilt samples and all that fabric! Overwhelming! I had the paint chips of the paints we are going to use – and someone from the store helped us put it all together. She had me start with one bolt of fabric that I loved, and then she helped build the quilt – we ended up picking 15 fabrics. It was so much fun – and so hard! I think picking yarn is so much easier. I wish I had taken a picture of the fabrics – but I just didn’t think of it. We are planning on getting the room all done by May/June so she has some time, but I’m so excited about it and hope she starts soon so I can see how the fabrics come together – I think its going to beautiful and I’m thrilled she’s making this for me. It was funny, though, to be in another crafting store and listen to the people be just as excited and passionate about their craft as knitters are.
OK, I better go – I have to go grocery shopping and Larry is sitting here staring at me. Guess that’s a sign he’s ready to leave. Have a great Sunday, keep warm, and check out my Destash page later today – you never know what I’m going to let go!