Partial Organization


“I pulled out box after box, setting them haphazardly around the room. My organization lacked something — like, say, organization …”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Dreams

How up-to-date is your Ravelry stash?

After buying my new yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I felt a need to update my Ravelry stash.   Now, I could have just added the two new items I had purchased.

Instead, I took some time and went through my bags of yarn, took pictures, and uploaded them to Ravelry.    I like the idea of having a list of my yarns, for when ball bands are lost (because let’s be honest, they will either be lost, or thoughtfully thrown away to decrease clutter, and then mourned).

And here’s where the organization gets less…. organized.   I didn’t put ALL of my yarns in Ravelry, just some.   Just the ones I thought I would want to use soon, and those of higher quality.  (Yes, acrylics have their place, but at this point, I didn’t feel the need to catalog all the leftovers from baby blankets I’ve made over the years.)

Here are a few of my favorites from the stash:

(From top left, clockwise)

Knit Picks Chroma,  Knit Picks Galileo, Caron Simply Soft (yes, it’s acrylic, but I have sentimental reasons for loving this batch), and Cascade 220 Superwash.

Ahh, I love going through the yarn.   It’s like counting your blessings.

Do you use the Ravelry stash?   Do you enter every ball of yarn, or pick and choose what to include?

Happy organizing!

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Bit by the Knitting-Planning Bug


Kids, your grandma always used to say to me, “Nothing good happens after 2:00 a.m.,” and she was right. When 2:00 a.m. rolls around, just go home and go to sleep.

This is a line from the T.V. show, “How I Met Your Mother” (which I highly recommend, by the way).    Last night, it wasn’t quite two a.m.,  but I caved in to a manic session of self-measuring and planning of a sweater.

Oleander Sweater from Knitpicks

Oleander Sweater from Knitpicks

I bought the yarn for this sweater ages ago, spent a good amount of time swatching, and then had a minor panic attack while trying to decide what size to knit.   I have enough yarn for the 38-inch bust, but at the time, I didn’t factor in ease.   Well, my bust is right up there in the 38-inch range, so I hemmed and hawed over it, and then just put the yarn away and didn’t touch it again until last night.

I was watching television with my hubby, and saw that the designed had released a new version of the pattern, correcting some errors and making the squiggle pattern line up in the same way for all of the sizes.  This induced my crazy amount of measuring, debating if I could shorter the sweater by an inch to hopefully have enough yarn to go up a size to the 40-inch, and trying on other sweaters in my closet.

My husband, dutifully folding up the bottom edge of various sweaters and shirts to demonstrate the difference in length I was debating, tolerated the frenzy reasonably well.

But then, around 12:30am, he said, “Honey, you’re talking really fast and I’m tired.”

Right.  Clearly, I wasn’t going to make good, rational knitting decisions at 12:30.   Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.

So I put the tape measure down, backed away slowly, and went to brush my teeth.

And today, I’ll pat my little lonely swatch, and consider casting on.

Happy Knitting, and Happy Planning!

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