Yesterday on my Instagram TV channel, I officially announced that I was going on a yarn diet. Saying it out loud keeps me mindful and (I hope) will hold me accountable. From now until at least December, I am only knitting from my stash and trying to knit mostly for others. I don’t like having too much of anything. I feel its wasteful, disrespectful and unappreciative. In the world of essential oils we are taught to respect how much work it takes to get one drop of oil from a plant. Because of that, we are mindful in the use of it. I don’t buy a ton of oil that may sit and rancid. I don’t run my diffuser for hours on end, so I don’t even smell it anymore. Thirty minutes at a time is sufficient to get the effects of the oil(s). I don’t want yarn to just sit and look pretty. I want to use it, appreciate it and share it with someone. I will be sharing photos along the journey here and on Instagram as Nyknits.
Is anyone else feeling the need to downsize? To not have too much of anything? Tell me about it. How are you doing it?
Late last year, I was listening to the VeryPink Knits podcast. Staci and KC (the hosts) were discussing how Staci does not have a yarn stash. I must have looked real cute in my cubicle at work, with my ear buds in and my mouth wide open. NO STASH!!? I do not know one knitter that does not have a stash. I am a new knitter. As a matter of fact, tomorrow, January 7th is my knitterversary. It will be my fourth knitterversary.
After four years, I have quite the stash. Let me take you back to the Verypink podcast. When KC asked Staci what she does when she goes into a yarn store and sees all the beautiful yarn, Staci said something like, I touch it, admire it and put it back. She only buys yarn she is going to cast on right away. Hmmm. I could do that.
I’ve been on a simplifying kick. I listen to the minimalists.com podcast, I participate in project 333 created by Courtney Carver of Be more with less and I started a bullet journal.
. One of my goals for 2017 is to use the yarn I have before buying anymore. And after attaining that goal, I will only buy yarn I am ready to cast on with.
I needed to take inventory. I needed a way to see my stash dwindle. Needed to see my progress. It keeps me motivated. Enter the bullet journal. My notebook is pretty simple. Mostly black ink. Very little color. I use it to keep track of all my yarn. I track the weight, brand, quantity and whatever notes pertain to the yarn. So far, this spread is working for me. I would love to see what other knitters use their bullet journals for. If you’re on Instagram, leave me your IG name, I love the inspiration on Instagram. My IG name is NYknits.