There has been a lot going on with me over the past couple of weeks. A close friend of mine just found out the her cancer has come back again for the third time. Unfortunately, it has spread. I wanted to spend some time with her as she has decided not to pursue treatment this time around. I wanted to let her know that I supported her decision. I haven’t spent much time doing any types of crafts. I’ve spending some my free time with her and I don’t feel that motivated to do anything just yet. I have some ideas of some projects. I’ll get back into the groove when I ready. Normally sewing or knitting relaxes me but I’m just not feeling relaxed but I feel like I’m trying to force things. I’ve donated more yarn that I don’t want or feel that I will use. As well as I been organizing my craft area.
I did get a chance to get my new sewing machine-the Singer Stylist 7258. I did a quick test by hemming a jacket. It worked get and I know that I’ll enjoy working it. I have a couple of patterns that I want to sew. As well as I need to fix a zipper in a skirt. I thought I had a zipper in my stash but I need to get a matching zipper for the skirt.
Thank you for stopping by and spending some time here today.
Last year, I wanted to reduce my yarn stash. I had four medium to small baskets full of yarn. This for me was too much, I normally don’t like to have a lot of items in the house not being used. I feel that everything should have a purpose. My goal was not to buy any new yarn but use what I had on hand. This proved harder than expected. I was able to knit two baby presents. The nimbus cardigan and textured wrap. Lastly two pairs of socks. I found that I small amounts of yarn left over from previous projects. Many are not enough to make a complete project. So I’ve come up with some ideas.
Lifelines- I use lifelines in many of my projects. I try to minimize as many mistakes as possible. I feel if you are going to take the time to create something it should your best without mistakes. It makes it easier to rip out a mistake without having to start the process over again. Although, I feel that my knitting has improved over the years. Well, I haven’t reached that perfection yet, therefore, I use lifelines. Here is my lifeline stash.
I have various weights and colors of yarn. This is one way that I found to use up my stash in a resourceful way.
However, I still have two dilemmas of full and partial skeins of yarn. I got a great suggestion from one of my co-workers. She suggested I go to the Scrap Exchange. It a creative center in the community. They will accept donations of items including crafting supplies. Many artist and teachers use the Scrap Exchange to obtain supplies. They even have classes. I feel better about getting rid of my partial skeins of yarn. However, I have second dilemma-what to do with my full skeins of yarn. I have to admit I enjoy buying yarn. At times, I may a have an idea of making a particular item or I just see some yarn and I just want it. I feel that I may need to rethink my project planning process. Anyway, I have some full skeins that I have not used. The main reason why I haven’t used them is that in knitting a swatch, I found out that I didn’t like working with yarn. I tried different needles but I still am hitting a wall. Normally, if I like the yarn I will find something to make with the yarn. I’ve been thinking now that I may want to donate these skeins of yarn. I’ve thought of selling them on Ravelry as well so I have to make a decision.
How about you, do you have a large stash of yarn you are comfortable with keeping. And what do you do with partial skeins of yarn? I would love to know.