Thursday, March 15, 2012

Progress!


It took almost all day, but I finally was able to convince myself that there were 3 entire tubs that I probably wouldn't be getting to in the next 12 months,

so the stereo has a place to sit.  Call it the "music for the delusional" project, as it really was hard to admit that there is ANY yarn in my possession that I won't knit this year.  If you'll notice, I couldn't even commit to 3 yarn tubs.  There are 3--I think there are actually 6 or 7--but I struggled with not just saying there is yarn I won't get to for a while, I also have the tubs sorted by weight and didn't want to combine them, but I also don't want to have tubs around that are only partially full. Maybe the less-full ones can be moved to the shelves when they are done?  Or maybe at least I can pretend for a little while longer that the stash is really going to be tamed by those shelves................

Robin and Gaidig had some great ideas for the stash bin, so I've started sorting this year's yarn:
There are projects that I really NEED to do this year (gifts), projects I want to do (sweaters for me), and projects that I would like to do if I get frustrated with everything else.  So, the yarn that is VISIBLE in the bin is yarn from the "need to do" list.  I'm hoping to move it to clear plastic bags, but I'm not sure I have enough of them.  Oh well.  The yarn in bags I can't see through are "reward" projects.  If I'm caught up on the other things, I can pick one of those.  If one can't control one's inner child, one should at least know a few good ways to bribe it.  This will probably be a 2-bin project eventually as I think my current WIPs will go in there as well, but the one empty bin I had is holding general sewing room crap right now.  As is the hallway, our bedroom, the guest room, my closet.....ahem.....

ONE thing from the sewing room has been dealt with.  While looking for scissors I ran across two blue hand towels that I had intended to decorate, so...........
I originally thought I would fill in the space between the two decorative stitching strips as well, but when I got this far, I really liked how it looked like there was a lace-trimmed insert on the towels, so I left them like this.  I am calling these a "decoration" for my list of 12 items as we're keeping them.  They could have qualified as embroidered towels, but I kind of intend that to be 12 towels embroidered as gifts (unless I mess them up--then we keep them), so it made more sense to call them something to decorate the house.  One more thing done!

And in the "really behind on my list" category, I haven't gotten back to the blue sweater yet, but
the spring tank top is moving along quickly.  There's a lot I like about knitting with cotton, but it is a nightmare to splice.  I know it doesn't look as nice and it's a bad thing in the knitting world, but I am leaving knots on the back of this baby, and if it turns out, I will take a needle and thread and stitch them down to the backside so they won't be in the way or visible.  It's ugly, but not nearly as ugly as my mood gets when splicing tweedy cotton...............