Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Ruthless

You know when you decide to tidy up, but the more you tidy up the more you think you're just shuffling clutter around, so you decide to have a clear out? I've had one of those days today. I started by pulling all my boxes of yarn and fabric out of the cupboard. Looking at them in one place, there did seem to be a lot of stash. This is normal, right? I'm not just a crazy craft hoarder?


I started out by sorting through all of my fabric. The best thing about having a clear out is that you find all the things you'd forgotten about - like some of these gems! I love vintage fabrics, and all of these were picked up in charity shops or car boot sales. The 70's sunflower print at the bottom right was a pair of curtains, the tartan is a man's scarf, and the psychedelic prints are original pieces of fabric from the Magpie's Nest in Glasgow. 


Not everything was lovely and exciting though. I found some bits of fabric that I would never realistically use. It felt really good to be totally ruthless and chuck lots of stuff away! I mean, look at some of this stuff! There's a nice bit of tartan skirt, but it's too bobbly to use. Some shiny upholstery fabric, a few loud prints, nothing that I'll miss. I also consigned a knitting kit to the charity shop bag - Alan Dart's knitted chess set. I don't see myself wanting to knit a chess set any time soon, so it might as well go to someone else who will love it. 


After the fabric, I moved onto my yarn stash. I've sorted this out loads of times recently, but I just couldn't bear to throw things away. I had lots of cream yarn that didn't match, some nondescript baby wool, and some odds and ends and half balls from other projects. If I had the time, I'd sit down and make some kind of multi coloured crochet thingy, or find patterns for using up scraps of yarn. However, I have a long list of exciting things to knit, and I don't want to waste any time on knitting that makes me feel meh! Someone else will rake through this stuff in a charity shop and feel inspired, so into the bin bag it went. I also got rid of a silk scarf painting kit. This kit was given to my mum about 20 years ago, she passed it on to me, and I shoved it in a box and forgot about it. Definitely one to add to the clear out pile. 


Once I'd got rid of all the stuff I didn't want, I made a list of all my remaining yarn. There's so much! It doesn't look like much in the box, but once it's all listed, it's still a ridiculous amount. Maybe more ruthlessness will be needed in the future. I've taken some pictures, and listed everything in this post - not necessarily because I think anyone who reads this blog will be interested, but because I need to keep a list for myself and updating Ravelry takes AGES. And if you're one of those people, like myself, who likes to have a virtual poke around in someone else's stash, enjoy! 


From top left - Aktiv sock yarn x 7, Drops Alpaca x 5 - one each of green, yellow, orange, white and grey, Regia sock yarn x 6, Drops Garnstudio Baby-ull x 1, unidentified garish sock yarn x 1, Drops Alaska x 1, Sirdar Escape x 1, Rowan Felted Tweed x 1 in purple and 0.5 in green. 


Rowan Scottish Tweed 4ply - one blue and one light blue, Drops Lima x 2, Drops Extra Fine Merino x 2 - one in blue and one in white, multicoloured sock yarn x 2, Diploma Gold DK - 2 x lavender and 1 each of white, pink, purple and green, Rowan Scottish Tweed 4ply - 1 x orange and 2 x red, Sirdar Snuggly 4ply x 1. 


Sirdar Country Style DK x 2 - pink and purple, Regia sock yarn x 1.5, Drops Cotton Merino x 1.5, random green 4ply x 1, Debbie Bliss Pure Silk x 1, painfully pink DK x 1, unidentified 4ply x 6.5, Drops Karisma - half a ball each in red and mustard, Diploma Gold DK x 1. 


Rowan Milk Cotton DK x 6, Sirdar Simply Recycled x 3, mustard yellow 4ply in 200g skeins x 2, Rowan All Seasons Cotton DK x 14, Patons 100% Cotton 4ply x 1 in each of blue, purple and pink, Rowan Handknit Cotton x 2, Anchor Style Creativa x 2, RYC Luxury Cotton DK x 2, Rowan Calmer x 1, Rowan Cotton Glace x 1.5, Patons 100% Cotton DK x 2, Sirdar Baby Speckle x 2, Wendy Supreme Cotton 4ply x 1.5, Rowan Fine Milk Cotton x 1, random 4ply cotton in white, blue and navy.

There's also some New Lanark Aran - 5 x blue and 2 x heathery purple, Sirdar Country Style DK x 10  in purple, Sirdar Country Style 4ply x 7 in purple, Patons Diploma Gold DK x 10 in black, Charisma Highland Aran x 20 in blue, Rowan Tweed Aran x 2 in red and 6 in navy, and Patons Linen Shadow x 16 in cream and 12 in green. The linen shadow might be the next to go, if I can't find a suitable pattern for it. 

Now to find patterns to use up all this stash!

4 comments:

  1. or start a wool store!
    jealous!

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    1. I would actually love to work in a yarn store! :D

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  2. I just purged my fabric stash too! Doesn't it feel fantastic?

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  3. I did this recently! It feels so good to only have things you love.

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