Happy New Year! A new year means a new opportunity to try new patterns, to work on old unfinished projects and yes, to delve into your stash and find yarns that you forgot that you bought, how many years ago?
That was my big project this year. I went into my basement with the intent of inventorying my stash and in the first bin I opened, there were yarns I hadn’t remembered purchasing. No surprise there because up until December, I really didn’t have much access to the bins. They were buried in the back of the room. The other decision I made was anything that was only a small amount either had to be used up fairly quickly or gotten rid of. In going through my bins, I also found yarn that contained some percentage of wool. This may not be an important point for some people, but since Mom is allergic to wool, it was a definite issue. So I passed that yarn on to a co-worker who also enjoys crocheting.
It’s amazing how stash can build up without realizing. I mean, honestly, would you pass up on a sale of a two pounder for seven dollars if you knew about it? Certainly not! Just because I have over 20 bins of yarn doesn't mean that next ball might not be perfect for the poncho pattern I just saw.
Anyway, this is a great time of year to be working on this project. You get a workout lifting the bins around. You stay warm because you’re working with yarn and inside. You get organized and know what you have so that you can start a new project or finish some of the old projects.
I know they say you should finish the old projects first, but when you see the new Crochet, Interweave Crochet, or Crochet World come out and check out all the fabulous new patterns, who wouldn’t have trouble deciding whether to finish an old project or start a new one?
Back to work. Eventually it will be done and I'll be adding more before I empty out what I have.