First, the good news.
I have been, as predicted, very productive on the knitting front thus far in the year! Given that we’re only 10 days in, I’m not so foolish as to expect this trend to last, but it’s been nice to feel so full of purpose. I finished up those thrummed mittens (very warm! and since they’re alpaca, very slippery!), a hat for The Boy’s mom (no pictures till it’s gifted) that I’d originally had the idea for ages ago, and a hat for me.
(Those last two are part of Lolly‘s January Hat Trick, and I have to say, I’m kicking ass on that challenge. So much so that I’m considering finishing up that languishing pair of socks before knitting my third hat.)
Okay, so that was the good. Now, onto the somewhat shameful.
Prompted by Rachel I did, in fact, take the time to pile all the yarn I own (minus any project that is 80+% done) in one spot and, well, there you have it. Overexposed Cashew included for scale:
(I think the worst part of this exercise is that while building that pile, which under my horrified gaze slowly took over the entire bed, I kept looking at it thinking, Wow, that is a lot of yarn; I think I own too much yarn, all while knowing that I still had more to go fetch.)
While this has definitely inspired me to get a bag and donate all the yarn I know (or at least know now) I’ll never knit with, the worst part is that most of the yarn is yarn with a purpose. Aside from the big “misc” in middle-left, there, I have projects in mind for almost all the yarn! What, you didn’t think there was an order to the way the yarn was sprawled? Oh, it’s organized. See?
That makes it better, right? Bueller? Okay, so no more yarn-buying in 2011. Got it.
The other thing this exercise inspired me to do was actually to give myself more monthly “tasks”. I figured that since I so enjoyed the focus that the Hat Trick challenge was giving me that maybe, similar to EZ’s Knitter’s Almanac, I might give myself monthly themes to knit to in the hopes that it would inspire me to keep at it and actually whittle away some of this madness.
I came up with the first six; I figure if I actually stick with it until June, I can come up with the next 6 later on.
January ~ Hat Trick and winter accessories (mittens and toe-up Jaywalkers)
February ~ Baby clothes and slippers
March ~ Finish up all languishing tops (uh, that’s 3 so far), maybe socks
April ~ Tubey sweater (out of Cascade Eco+)
May ~ Korknisse! (And that sky blanket when I get sick of them.)
June ~ Citron shawl out of delightfully squashy gifted red bouclé yarn.
So there it is: I now have an honest record to which to compare my yarn hoard come December of this year. Wish me luck!