Monday, July 20, 2015

Getting Organized | Off to a Good Start.

...whoa, all this organization sure takes time away from actual knitting (and reading!) But boy does it feel good. After nearly six hours yesterday, my yarn room now looks like this:
The top shelves hold nearly all of my "multi-skein" stash, as well as twelve balls of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted 
mostly single skeins that I can hang
all the rest. the straw and white wire baskets are stash and the black basket in the middle is hibernating projects
In the process, I filled up one big bin with yarn, a few pattern books and project bags...and even one WIP that I had no desire to finish or frog, but figure one of my students might be willing to. And I filled up a good bit of our recycling bin with pattern printouts that I have online.

Today, I went through all the hibernating WIPs, which all live in that middle basket at the base of my bookshelf.
before
After assessing actual status and the likelihood of finishing, I only ended up frogging one project (the laceweight Panoramic on the top row). The Susie's Reading Mitts is the project I put into the bin yesterday.

I updated notes, took photos,
after... six pairs of socks (still)!
skeined the frogged yarn and soaked it.
ready for its bath!
I'm planning to knit a very easy infinity scarf (as in cast on a boatload of stitches on a size 7 needle, join in the round and knit until I use up the yarn). I do love the yarn (it's Juniper Moon Findlay Dappled, a 50/50 merino silk blend) and the colors and I think it will be a great accessory for the fall and winter. This is going to be the third project I've tried with this yarn. Third time's a charm, right?!

My next step is the stash. I kept nine sweater quantities of yarn, a few other multi-skeins that I have projects in mind for, and a couple dozen single skeins (including sock yarn and all that Rowan Pure Wool Worsted that never made it into a mystery afghan). Stay tuned. I hope it happens this weekend. But I might be reading Go Set a Watchman instead!

I really appreciated all the advice and encouragement you shared last week. I'm curious, are you surprised with how much yarn I still have?

10 comments:

  1. Haha, am I surprised-nope! Love how neat and tidy it all looks.

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  2. That doesn't look like very much yarn to me. Just saying.

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  3. Surprised with how much yarn you still have? No! I'm surprised with how little yarn you have! Clearly, you need me to send you several boxes full of my yarn! ;-)

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  4. Not surprised! Inspired, however; I'd like to get to mine. Oh, can I relate to filling the recycling bin with printed patterns!! ;)

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  5. Oh you are in such good shape. I have so much yarn and a boat load of singles. The room looks great Mary!

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  6. I'm with Carole, your stash looks manageable and most of us have boxes and boxes more. It does feel good to organize and make decisions about what to keep and what goes. Good work, your room looks lovely!

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  7. It looks wonderful, Mary! I'm impressed with your (to me) manageable-looking stash. I'm hoping to get my own down to that kind of shape. (Perhaps you'll iinspired me here.)

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  8. As always Mary, you inspire me! This looks great. I am determined to get my stash organized by the end of 2015. I just never seem to find a block of time. Still unpacking and organizing from my move! Hope you are having a nice summer.

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  9. I'm surprised that you have so many undone or started projects, but totally impressed with your organizing and planning and executing skills! Such a neat and inviting yarn space. Knit on!
    Cheers~

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  10. I think I was more surprised by the number of WIPs :). I had you pinned in my head in the Very Organised Tribe! But you are, now - your room looks very inviting and full of creative promise.

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