Thursday, September 24, 2015

Housekeeping post, quite literally

I mentioned a while ago that I was decluttering and paring down, etc. etc. etc.

It feels like I'm always decluttering, but things were super duper earnest in August.  I didn't toss anything in a fit of exasperation, and I rarely left something to sit so I could come back to it some other day.

I lost my sheet of paper I was using to keep track of how many items I got rid of every day as part of a thirty-day challenge, but I know I probably got rid of plenty.  After 3 weeks, I kind of didn't want to keep a detailed record of things because it got wayyy too minute and picky.

I've been deleting pictures.  Nothing crazy, since I have everything saved elsewhere.  But do I need all those pictures of my crafts projects on my work computer?  Or blurry pictures of plants or whatever from 7 years ago on .... anything ever?  I removed blogs I didn't enjoy from reading lists and unsubscribed from emails that sent me way too many updates.  That step cut down on a tremendous amount of distraction and stress that I didn't know I had.  I still can't get Martha Stewart to leave me alone, and I haven't closed any online accounts (mostly because that would mean I had to remember my passwords), but I'm hoping to do that in the next few weeks.

I even took pictures off of the walls. I'm ready for some updated photos of loved ones and now I have the space and frames to do so!  I found some fun things for Ellis and his baby brother.  I passed on other things to people who will enjoy them.  And I continued to ask myself "Will I read this book/watch this movie/wear this item when everything else is dirty?" and removed things that I wouldn't read or watch or wear even if everything else was dirty.  I think the guy working drop-off at Savers knows me by sight.

And I've been getting rid of yarn.  A lot of yarn.  I gave probably 10 pounds of the stuff to a friend this spring, and took a big bag of the stuff to my knitting group this past winter.  And probably gave at least 20 skeins to Savers that were partial or weird or whatever.  And yet.  I went through my yarn last week while looking for a project and wound up grabbing a couple more skeins I would never use.  My goal for 2015 was to get rid of all the yarn.  All of it.  And I can use it, give it away, sell it, or throw it out (that doesn't happen often but sometimes things happen) but I really and truly do want it gone.  And the more I get rid of yarn, the more I wind up figuring out what yarn I like and want to use for super exciting projects.

Like these adorable bootees:

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bootees pattern.  Just perfection.

I made one in February.  I was going to give them to one baby, but I wanted to give them to someone else.  The yarn was left over from a sweater I made for Ellis.  I finished one bootee and cast on the second one and immediately got worried that I'd run out of yarn.  The yarn sat for over 6 months.  During that time I found out Laine was going to have another baby, and knew that I had to make the bootees for her.  I finished the second in a day last week.  I had to get creative and hold my breath a little when I seamed it up, but I had 8 or 9 inches of ends when it was all over.  I had plenty of yarn!  And those bootees are going to my sweet nephew!  He'll have something new to keep his feet warm while he wears his brother's sweater.

Pictured: the brother back when he could wear the sweater. And a cousin who really loves babies.

And I made a shawl for myself in under 2 weeks.

Not procrastinating on projects you really want to do is fuuuuuuuun! And beautiful!

It's the Age of Brass and Steam pattern that I've made several times before and have wanted to use this yarn for .... I think for 4 months now?  I did stockinette rows in the fifteen-row repeat instead of the recommend twenty-one-row repeat because I was worried about running out of yarn (I was cutting it pretty close with the orange) and I did a few more repeats altogether so I could enjoy all these colors.  I kind of wish I'd put the pink between the red and orange rows, but only a little.  I love it.  It makes me think of a sunset and it helped me use up a lot of this yarn.  And I love the yarn.  And the colors.  Cody said it looks like Captain Marvel's new uniform, and I guess that's a good thing?


We'll say it's a good thing.  I'm pretty pleased with it.  I have some more of this yarn left, and I think I can make a pretty cowl with it.  I'd like to make a baby blanket, but I don't know of anyone who wants to handwash a baby blanket other than Laine, who already has plenty of those.  I've got a little more time to figure it out, though.

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