Thursday, February 08, 2007

I dream of empty baskets

I came home in a fury today. I've been finishing up projects behind the scenes (details soon), and I've hit a roadblock on what to start next.

Thing is, something of a stash is holding everything in limbo. Honestly, I can't do it. I can't buy more yarn, I can't, I can't, I can't. I won't. You'd think it would be freeing to have loads of yarn, but if you ask me, it's an absolute burden.

It's everywhere, and most of it has no purpose at all. I find it stifling to have this much yarn, and even more bothersome trying to come up with what to do with it.

Odds and ends: your time has come.

So, in a fury of stash frustration today, I walked in the door and went straight to every basket, box and drawer in the house. I dumped everything out on the dining room table and divided yarn out into assigned projects, a charity pile, and odds and ends.

But before I get to the fun projects, this one or two balls business has got to go. Every last bit of the odds and ends went into this basket. No more nicely arranged, carefully packaged and stored with coordinating weights and colours. Nope. Organized and out of sight - no more!

I mean business, this has got to end. This basket is going to sit and stare me in the face, right there on my coffee table (sorry, Rob) until I figure out what to do with it. And if it sits there forever?

It won't.


Sarah said...

If you really won't use and don't want it, you could sell it in a few lots on Ebay. Maybe knitters looking for just one more ball of this or that would find it and give it a good home -- and you could buy more yarn!

Anonymous said...

I had the same thought: divide it into a few lots and sell it on eBay. Or, Divide it into colors that match or go together and make a stiped scarf. Give it to a charity that teaches knitting. Make socks for kids (charity). Swatch and send to a charirty that puts blankets together from the squares (see blog: i live on a farm.) So many ideas, and I probably won't use one of them myself - lol.

Melissa said...

I would love to take some off your hands.... I would pay shipping - Email me

Sheryl said...

I am SO with you on this, I hate stash!
Good luck :-)

Jo said...

I'm sort of in the same position right now - we are getting ready to move and I have 3 18-gallon tubs of yarn... plus a large basket that resides on my sofa. I really can't buy new yarn right now with a good conscience because there are so many things we need to get for the house. Good luck with using up your stash.

Cate K said...

I am slowly using up my odd balls by knitting baskets. If the yarn is wool, I felt the basket when done. These are all going to friends and family for Christmas gifts. Who can't use another basket to catch things like loose change, hold a bar of soap or some potpourri? Since there is not particular emotional tie, I've even crocheted some acrylic into a basket for a potted plant that was living in a really ugly pot.

Rae said...

Make a throw or blanket, striped or ripply. A great project for colder weather.

Ari said...

Separate the yarn by fiber content; wool in this pile, cotton in that one, synthetics in a third etc. Think about the care instructions for the yarns as you do this. Put them in different containers and let them sit around the house for a few days. Hopefully you will get inspiration, knowing that they can be used together, even if they are different thicknesses. Doubled or tripled and worked with large needles/hook, they can always be used to make an afghan for charity.

Ing. said...

Hi, I have the exact same looking basket as you do. And I don't even think we share the same continent. I got mine in a very small town in North of Italy. Where did you get yours?

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