It feels like I'm always decluttering, but things were super duper earnest in August. I didn't toss anything in a fit of exasperation, and I rarely left something to sit so I could come back to it some other day.
I lost my sheet of paper I was using to keep track of how many items I got rid of every day as part of a thirty-day challenge, but I know I probably got rid of plenty. After 3 weeks, I kind of didn't want to keep a detailed record of things because it got wayyy too minute and picky.
I've been deleting pictures. Nothing crazy, since I have everything saved elsewhere. But do I need all those pictures of my crafts projects on my work computer? Or blurry pictures of plants or whatever from 7 years ago on .... anything ever? I removed blogs I didn't enjoy from reading lists and unsubscribed from emails that sent me way too many updates. That step cut down on a tremendous amount of distraction and stress that I didn't know I had. I still can't get Martha Stewart to leave me alone, and I haven't closed any online accounts (mostly because that would mean I had to remember my passwords), but I'm hoping to do that in the next few weeks.
I even took pictures off of the walls. I'm ready for some updated photos of loved ones and now I have the space and frames to do so! I found some fun things for Ellis and his baby brother. I passed on other things to people who will enjoy them. And I continued to ask myself "Will I read this book/watch this movie/wear this item when everything else is dirty?" and removed things that I wouldn't read or watch or wear even if everything else was dirty. I think the guy working drop-off at Savers knows me by sight.
And I've been getting rid of yarn. A lot of yarn. I gave probably 10 pounds of the stuff to a friend this spring, and took a big bag of the stuff to my knitting group this past winter. And probably gave at least 20 skeins to Savers that were partial or weird or whatever. And yet. I went through my yarn last week while looking for a project and wound up grabbing a couple more skeins I would never use. My goal for 2015 was to get rid of all the yarn. All of it. And I can use it, give it away, sell it, or throw it out (that doesn't happen often but sometimes things happen) but I really and truly do want it gone. And the more I get rid of yarn, the more I wind up figuring out what yarn I like and want to use for super exciting projects.
Like these adorable bootees:
|Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bootees pattern. Just perfection.|
I made one in February. I was going to give them to one baby, but I wanted to give them to someone else. The yarn was left over from a sweater I made for Ellis. I finished one bootee and cast on the second one and immediately got worried that I'd run out of yarn. The yarn sat for over 6 months. During that time I found out Laine was going to have another baby, and knew that I had to make the bootees for her. I finished the second in a day last week. I had to get creative and hold my breath a little when I seamed it up, but I had 8 or 9 inches of ends when it was all over. I had plenty of yarn! And those bootees are going to my sweet nephew! He'll have something new to keep his feet warm while he wears his brother's sweater.
|Pictured: the brother back when he could wear the sweater. And a cousin who really loves babies.|
And I made a shawl for myself in under 2 weeks.
It's the Age of Brass and Steam pattern that I've made several times before and have wanted to use this yarn for .... I think for 4 months now? I did stockinette rows in the fifteen-row repeat instead of the recommend twenty-one-row repeat because I was worried about running out of yarn (I was cutting it pretty close with the orange) and I did a few more repeats altogether so I could enjoy all these colors. I kind of wish I'd put the pink between the red and orange rows, but only a little. I love it. It makes me think of a sunset and it helped me use up a lot of this yarn. And I love the yarn. And the colors. Cody said it looks like Captain Marvel's new uniform, and I guess that's a good thing?
We'll say it's a good thing. I'm pretty pleased with it. I have some more of this yarn left, and I think I can make a pretty cowl with it. I'd like to make a baby blanket, but I don't know of anyone who wants to handwash a baby blanket other than Laine, who already has plenty of those. I've got a little more time to figure it out, though.