Stage 3. Purging. Once it was all sorted, I started to decide what was worth keeping. That is, what I would actually use. Not could use...that's what got me into this mess. Five big bags were destined for the thrift shop. This is mostly the acrylics and baby yarn. Over the years, I've been the recipient of two or three batches of 'estate yarn'. These women did a lot of acrylic yarn knitting! Most all of the wool and cotton I kept. Everything was bagged, tagged and placed in boxes. This was just for overnight tidiness.
Stage 4. Finding storage. This was way easier than I thought it was going to be. I took my trusty pen and paper - in the end this was the easiest way - and I recorded the contents of each bag and where it was being placed. All of it fit into two chests! This was the most gratifying part of the whole exercise.
Hoarding horror story - or hilarious, depending on your point of view. Remember that birthday we just celebrated? Well, I found a wee dress that I had started knitting for her and never finished. With one sleeve left to knit, I lost the pattern. This package has been lovingly stored in various houses as I've moved and I think it's time I finished it. I have looked through my old patterns that I've colleected over the past
Of course, playing with all that yarn has put at least a half-dozen projects in my head that need to be started right now! I know I've made a six-month pledge but it could be a lot longer than that if I planned to use it all up. Obviously, the lace-weight yarns are a lifetime of work all by themselves. The stash Choco-vanilla Swirl skirt is coming along nicely. I can't put it down for fear I'll never start it again. The knitting is incredibly boring with the short-row gussets giving momentary respite before the long slog starts again.
I hope to have these projects completed and others started for next Saturday's report.