Tackling Project Clutter
I need a UFO (unfinished object) intervention before even picking up a crochet hook.
Lately I have this desperate need to get my yarn and stash down to absolute zero. A nice controlled burn to nothing and buy on an as-needed basis only. I know this is akin to fiber art sacrilege here. Everybody needs a hoard, right? I can’t do it anymore. I feel like every weekend for a year is booked with knitting and crochet projects I don’t want to really even do.
Organizing my yarn stash by fiber type into plastic bins helped a little. I could see that I had more than I had room for and purged 2 huge bags of acrylic yarn that was uninspiring to me. A couple of local crafters on Freecycle were so happy to take it away and quickly! Why it took me a 2 years to do this I don’t know!
Here’s the most embarrassing UFO clutter: ends not woven in for, like, 3 years. It took 2 minutes tops. There’s a lot of weaving in the ends sessions going on. I don’t want to think Oh God, I have to do that! every. single. time. I pass by a blanket.
For the wool roving and yarn, I’ll make wool dryer balls to give away or sell.
So why am I still feeling a drag when I now have fiber left that I like? I think it’s because my brain keeps telling me to make stuff! It’s like the Tell Tale Yarn Stash buried somewhere in my closet calling to me. To me it isn’t yarn clutter; it’s project clutter already. I should feel exhilarated that I want to do so many things and could dive right in if I wanted, but it feels more draining than exciting. I guess it’s the same reason I find it really hard to throw anything away: if something is useful, I feel obligated to use it. So minimalism seems the only way for me to go.
I’m looking forward to a clean slate. Please someone back me up here and chime in that the Make All the Stuff struggle is real.
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