Happy New Year to everyone! New years is a time of reflection and new beginnings. We moved into a new house back in August. We actually down sized into a smaller home. With small square footage comes less storage. This is where one realizes that there is a problem with lots of yarn, and lots and lots of projects, and project bags. Projects in various stages of doneness.
I have mitts, socks, socks, and lots of socks, scarves, stoles, shawls and cowls. I have hats, berets, boot toppers, shrugs, tank tops, ponchos, sweaters, and a Christmas stocking. I have baby blankets, baby hats, and baby sweaters. Some of my projects are in the beginning stages, some are a third of the way done, some are half done, some have beads, and some are fair isle.
When a project is near completion, I finish it. It builds momentum, it’s fun, and I finish. Most all of my projects are knit with nice yarns, and I love them all. When I moved, I did get rid of a few and I also gave away a little bit of my stash. The stash is a whole other story. I have a representation of all the weights and all the colors, but I don’t have huge quantities of anything. So, if I want to knit a sweater or an afghan, I’d have to go purchase yarn. I don’t have a lot of sport weight and I don’t have much chunky weight or bulky. But, I have mohair, alpaca, new wool, merino, silk, cotton, wool/alpaca blends, wool/cotton blends, some metallics, and even a bit of cashmere.
My husband and I had the retirement talk over the weekend, so the situation needs to reduce further. All the time, the designers are coming up with fun sweaters that are hard to pass up, baby items that are beyond cute…the yarn companies are coming up with yummy colors, tweeds, heathers, halos and marls. I’m going to have to down size some more. I’ve just let it get out of control. I want to knit everything, and I don’t want to miss out on anything. Yes, I know some knitters that don’t have to purchase yarn, that don’t really care what everyone is knitting, that aren’t on Instagram; that just finish what they’ve started — but that’s not me. I love yarn, I love knitting, and I love yarn shops.
I must work hard this year of 2017 to wrap up some projects, finish what has been started. I will start each month with projects planned. I will try to finish a few things, and if I’m successful and feel the need to purchase yarn, or cast on a project I will let myself, but only one, if two have been finished. If I’m not really feeling it I will continue to finish projects and just keep going.
I’m planning to blog it through, and I hope it will inspire knitters to carry on with their projects. I also want to mention, that if you want to spotlight your yarn shop, if you are a knitter, or a yarn shop owner, let’s do it. Just email me over some digital pictures and a few lines and we’ll talk about your shop, and your town.
The yarn shop ally in the Pacific Northwest~