Week 8: Knitting from stash & some random use it up & toss it out!
I’m sitting here procrastinating, eating Dove chocolate hearts, and attempting to take the deep philosophical quotes inside the wrappers to heart. I kind of liked these two: “Discover how much your heart can hold” and “Hold hands firmly, hearts gently.” Well, it was only four chocolates, but I still found a way to stretch that out into at least 45 minutes of not writing this post. Ugh. I’m just not feeling it. I should be energized considering I just spent a fantastic 2 days in the the big city of Seattle with my super knitty pal Troy (who has a new blog by the way!) and no mommy duties for the entire trip. But more on that later.
Instead, I’m feeling exhausted. I have a teething two year old who isn’t sleeping well (thus, I am not sleeping well either), a kitchen that magically regenerates four dirty dishes for every one that I load into the dishwasher, and a bank account that seems to do the opposite. My skin is freaking out in all sorts of unexpected ways and I live in my sweats. I’m pretty sure I haven’t showered in nearly 48 hours. SO gross.
I’ve been dreading today’s post. What to say? I know I’ve made progress, but it doesn’t seem substantial. For instance, this past week I finished a hat from a kit purchased at Sock Summit last July (about 135 yds total), and a pair of slippers from some stash gifted to me by Troy in August of 2008 (about 3 skeins used up). That fits right into my plans to use up, sell, donate, or throw out something once a week. But without a picture, some good solid evidence, it seems pointless. Pictures are harder and harder to come by these days. I’m afraid you’ll have to settle for a photo of the raw yarn instead of the finished project for a little while until I can get something snapped.
Though I feel this week’s offering for Thinning The Nest seems a little insubstantial, I do notice the effect that 8 weeks of this has had on my behavior. Last Friday I decided I’d had enough of the needles I’ve been using for my Beekeeper’s Quilt. The rubber coating on the cables had slipped away from the join where the needle and the cable meet, and a little gap had developed that snagged my yarn on nearly every round of knitting. I put up with this for a good week or so in my typical grin-and-bear-it fashion. But then I decided that my Beekeeper’s Quilt is one of the only projects that I work on daily, it makes me happy, and it just wasn’t worth it to me to continue knitting with crappy needles. So I bought a new set of needles and deep-sixed the old ones. That is a true departure for me. Normally I would have either continued to knit with them until they finally broke entirely, feeling miserable the whole time, or I would have just tucked them away thinking I could use them again for something else. But I decided, no, they just couldn’t be redeemed. And just because they weren’t completely and totally busted, doesn’t mean they didn’t need to be trashed. There is no more room in my house for things that don’t earn their keep.
Ha. I’d like to think I’m that tough! But ssshhhh….. don’t tell Knittymunchkin…. I’m a big old pushover :)
I still have a lot of work to do. But I have to remember that it’s not going to happen overnight. Each small thing I accomplish is a step towards the organized life I want to achieve. Just keep moving forward.