I started the year, not with resolutions, but with a couple of goals and intentions. one was to not buy any more yarn until I knit a bit of my stash down (vague, I know) and the other was a general “get rid of stuff” around the house. I don’t know how impressed I should be with myself since it’s only february, but so far I’ve been pretty good about the knitting and no yarn buying. two am sock yarn buying doesn’t count thank goodness! the rest of the house has been a mixed bag. I’ve somehow made more of a mess and I still have the exact same amount of stuff.
I downloaded the life changing magic of tidying up last month to help push me along, but I feel like some things I already knew, some things did help, and some things are just cuckoo and are to be ignored. marie kondo basically tells you to get rid of most things. fine by me! considering I have hoarding tendencies, I should probably do something about all those ignored things in my desk drawers. oh, and everything that’s on the floor. but do I have to thank every item and talk to things as I put them away? I had already tackled books before we moved and I did pretty well cleaning out my closets last year and paring down to only a few things I wear. knits though, that was another story. I had knits I hadn’t looked at since we moved in 2013. others I tried to love, but they were relegated to drawer life once I blocked them.
so I did what kondo advises and dumped everything on my bed. every single scarf, shawl, hat, sweater, and god knows what. I found some questionable knits (a thick and thin poncho? really?) and some that had seen better days (the jo sharp pilled horribly and the sweater is heavy as hell). I was ruthless as I tried everything on, but did not talk to any piece of clothing. I divided things into donate, frog, and keep piles. some things moved from keep to frog and some went from frog to donate (pilly yarn is not worth my time, I’m looking at you malabrigo). I refilled the shawl/cowl drawer with everything folded vertically (kondo’s suggestion) and I must admit it looks so much better. I can actually see what I’ve knit and don’t have to take everything out to see what’s on the bottom. I can also see I’ve knit a lot of blue and pink shawls. time to shake things up color wise.
one of the surprise finds was the campus jacket I knit back in 2011. all I remember about this jacket is that I used some super clearance yarn from webs, quickly knit it, wore it a couple of times, and then never looked at it again. following the pattern, my pockets came out tiny. annoyingly so. I couldn’t put my hands in them, let alone anything of value. I considered the project a fail I would get to eventually. four years later and I finally frogged and reknit those pockets. funny enough, this has become my most worn knit this winter. it’s perfect to wear in our drafty house and for quick runs outside with dobby. to think I almost frogged or donated this one. now I’m obsessively looking for another bulky jacket pattern, though that may have to wait until I allow myself to buy more yarn. all that frogging has added to my stash; at this rate I’ll never buy yarn again!
here comes the ugly truth: the sweater pile. this is the current state of my dresser. I was good about going through my sweaters, it’s the storing them away that is the hard part. kondo is so obviously not a hand-knitter. I haven’t figured out how to fold all these sweaters to fit in a drawer. she talks about everything “having a sweet spot” and I’ll tell you right now a sweater with a gigantic cowl doesn’t really have one. I would love to put them away in a way that I can see them all. maybe they need to be rolled instead of folded? we’ll see. you can’t deny they are all visible right now!
so tell me dear friends, how do you store your knits? any tips or tricks? and have you gone through your “knitting archive” and cleaned up a bit? I probably should have done this a bit sooner.