Saturday, September 6, 2008
They used to tell us that cocaine wasn't addictive either
I decided to "toss" my stash today, as one should every so often, according to the advice of Stephanie Pearly-McPhee. Not toss, as in 'throw away', but toss like a salad - move it around, check it out, pull what's hiding on the bottom up to the top, etc. I really did it just because I was searching for some partial skeins at the request my friend Catherine who's working on some traveling scarves and wanted something in a colorway she didn't have (and I'm still not sure I understand what color she's looking for, but I had fun looking nonetheless!) That searching turned into a desire to reorganize my stash by weight. It seemed like a good idea. I put things in ziplocks that weren't previously in ziplocks, I rearranged, I neatly stacked ( I can pull out the bags like books now and see 5 skeins or so in each one!) It's beautiful. I have 3 shelves of worsted, 1/2 a shelf of lace wt., and 1/2 a shelf of DK/sport in one cabinet. Then 1 shelf of bulky, one of fingering weight (enough for 16 pairs of socks!), 1 of assorted weirdo acrylics for amigurimi, etc., and one of crap/acrylic that I'm not super crazy about but might use on some project if it just happens to come up, in the other cabinet. I don't even want to add up the yardage like those stash and burn girls, but I did estimate that it's about 52 gallons worth if I count up the bags! I like that better just because it's a ridiculous unit of measure that keeps me from thinking about how many projects I've got sitting there! This wasn't on my to-do list for today, but making a list for the upcoming Woolgathering was. Not sure it's a good idea to try to do that after just counting 52 gallons of yarn I already own! As I was going through it all, I'd see stuff and think "oh, that'd go great with this" or "oh yeah, I wanted to make a cabled hat with this!" so I really really need to start working from my stash instead of from my queue, because I can do it. I know I've said it before!