Sunday, January 18, 2009

How I spent my Sunday

The weather on the West Coast has been unseasonably warm. Perhaps that is what lead me to start some spring cleaning. Or perhaps it was because everywhere I turned there were bags, boxes and piles of this, that and the other. I should have felt pretty good. My Christmas tree is down, the ornaments and decorations have been put away. My friend's tree is still up! But the piles are beginning to get me down. This is the first weekend in a long time that we've basically been free and at home. So I decided to put it to good use and try to make some headway on the disaster that is my house.
On Saturday I worked on cleaning the Little Man's room. He is growing like a weed and quickly outgrowing his clothes and toys. We cleaned out 3 garbage bags full of stuffed animals, almost 2 laundry baskets full out out grown clothes, a basket full of toys he no longer plays with and 1-1/2 garbage bags of - well - garbage! His room looks much better although I could probably go through the entire drill again and find more stuff!
Today I decided to take on the stash. I didn't go through the entire thing - but I got a few new storage bins (thanks Mom!) and I wanted to try and put things away in some form of organization. What you see here is only about a third of the stash. I had bags and bags of yarn stuffed in various corners of the house that really needed to be properly stored. I think to properly organize things I would have to pull out everything and that is not something I can face. But at least I made a little progress. I truly have reached SABLE (stash accumulation beyond life expectancy) probably for my life and my kids! I did come up with a bag of yarn to sell on eBay and a bag for Goodwill but they are fairly small compared to the volume!
The photo above is a bin or feltable yarn. I really love the tie-dye yarn and need to think of something fabulous to make with it. Next we have a bin of Malibrigo and Jasper. Most of the Malabrigo is single skeins but I have a few colorways where I have 2 skeins. Next we have a bin of cotton. There are lots of fun colors of Sugar n' Cream but those are below the other skeins.
We also have a bin filled with Iceland yarn in fabulous bright colors. 2 skeins each of 4 gorgeous hues. I think I'll make a huge bag with those. Any other ideas? Snuggled next to it are several skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca in multiple colors and sizes. I have no idea what I'll make out of those. A beautiful bin with lots and lots of Socks that Rock and a few skeins of miscellaneous sock yarn. I love all of this yarn even though I don't knit socks. Really makes you want to start doesn't it!

And last but not least the bin of left overs. I actually managed to throw a few bits away. I told myself I could only keep what would fit in a single bin. It was tough. The bin is chocker block full and I could barely close the lid but I managed to stick to one bin!
If I keep this up my house might actually be clean by spring!


Bonnie D. said...

FYI, Another good recipient of small bits of yarn are elementary school art teachers. All that "fun fur" we all bought a a few years ago and now have sitting in our stashes would be greatly appreciated by the young art students.

hakucho said...

Oh. boy I wish I had your energy and motivation....I need to get going and get organized too :)

LisaW. said...

aaack! that's a lot of work and very overwhelming! but you've inspired me to go work on my own yarn (room)closet and get it reorganized. must go get more storage containers. But isn't it fun to rediscover old friends while you're in there?

Jknits said...

Holy Yarn batman what a lot of work! May your organization give way to unlimited creativity

smariek said...

You've been busy! I try not to disturb the stash too much, afraid it won't fit back in. I sometimes thing about those vacuum storage bags for the space saving, but then it seems like I can't easily put my yarn. I just started learning sock knitting, it's really fun!

Bonnie D. said...

I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. See my blog for details!

Plumpy said...

LMAO...your stash is out of control!!! I love it...and you want to add to it hahahahah.
the Mini Moochi it is really soft, its only a single ply though, so I am waiting to see if it fuzzes up but so far so good its definate a great replacement for the noro sock yarn I think noro is scratchy too.