Oh, yes…that bit about my resolve to start only projects I already have yarn for. Silly me! And, thereby hangs a tale, a very long tail of multicolored yarn.
Soooo, I had only the best intentions when I made the resolution but, I confess, hadn’t thought it through very carefully or had any idea what it would entail. I’m going to attribute at least a portion of my being unable to leave my bed for days on end, to the task I began just before I got sick. I’ve had the flu since the holidays and have been in various stages of wellness and illness for weeks!
Because I wanted to be scrupulous about using the yarns in my stash…my very considerable stash(es)…I started pulling out boxes and opening trunks and vacu-bags full of yarn. The boxes and trunks weren’t exactly full of yarn–but the contents of the three large/very big/really-huge vacu-bags more than made up for that. I’m ashamed to admit that even I was dismayed to see just how much yarn I had accumulated. (Don’t tell my daughter I said that!) But, in the interest of keeping just that one (dratted) resolution–in for a penny, in for a pound–I forced myself (hard it was, too–all those lovely yarns and colors and ideas and…whoops, sidetracked again!) to stay focused on my self-appointed task. I decided that I would need (yes, this may well convince you that I am truly ’round the bend) to make a list of my yarns…an inventory of all my yarn. Still foolishly optimistic, I dusted off my fossilized organizational skills, and that’s where all this began.
Working whenever I’ve had the energy and have beaten back the little voice that says I should just stay in bed, I have managed to record most of my yarn (what I’ve found so far, anyway) and assign a project (or projects) to each. [I’m still wondering what I wanted all the green and gold yarn for!]
But, and here’s the rub, many of the projects I came across–while I was going through my collection of books, pamphlets, magazines, and notes written on the back of napkins–to find projects for my (recorded) yarns, required yarns that I don’t have in my stash (read “haven’t yet unearthed”) but were so wonderful that I realized why I’d saved them in the first place. ;o) I have a feeling many of you probably know where I’m headed here… So, while I have assigned projects to most of the yarn I already have, I’ve also assigned projects to yarn that I didn’t (note past tense??) have when I made the (dratted) resolution. I was perfectly comfortable in the knowledge that I wouldn’t actually start any of the projects on yarn I didn’t already have…well maybe only a few…..well, maybe more than a few………well…………maybe?
My need to redeem myself with everyone concerned (especially me) has led to actual progress. I pulled out both purple sweaters and have blocked the pieces to PS#1 and will assemble it forthwith. I also pulled out the pieces to PS#2 to put together so I can knit the band that completes it. As should be disgustingly evident, I was a bit hasty when I said that I’d keep The Purple Sweater title, but would quickly move on to other projects. The moving-on-to-other-projects part is true, but I haven’t left either of the PSs behind, either. Maybe it’s because they really do belong here.