Friday, January 2, 2015
Dealing with My Stash
New Year’s Day feels like a Sunday and I have to keep reminding myself what day it really is. Though my blog day is Friday, I write my posts Thursday night, which in this case means New Year’s Day night.
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, diets that are going to start next Monday, or really any change being put off to some time in the future. I figure start right away or you’ll never do whatever it is. So, rather than putting off facing the disaster the room with my yarn had become until after the holidays, I began chipping away at it last week.
I wish I could say I was finished, but there is still work to be done. Even with bags of stuff picked up by a charity and more bags of stuff to take to my knit and crochet group, there is still a lot of yarn. The hard part was to keep sorting when what I really wanted to do was sit down and make something.
I have found all kinds of other stuff, too. Wonderful heart shaped buttons, tons of crochet hooks and knitting needles, pom pom makers, and a whole lot of partially done projects also known as UFO (unfinished objects). It was really hard not to stop and work on them as I found them.
Then I came across some things I made that were kind of ucky looking. A few made it to the charity bag and some went right to the trash. All the endless decisions are tiring, but it is freeing to let go of stuff. I think the hardest part was beginning. Now I have hope for a room with a semblance of order.
It was pretty funny to watch one of my cats walk in the room and look around. I guess he never realized there was a couch under that pile of yarn or a wood floor under all those plastic bags. My mantra has become I will never buy any more yarn until I use most of this up. To prove I mean it, I threw away the ad from Michael’s that showed all of their yarn being on sale.
Finally I couldn’t take looking at all the yarn and not doing something with it, so I took a break and crocheted this scarf. And in the process I used up two skeins of yarn I now don’t have to find a place for. That’s what I call a real win-win!