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Letting Go

I want to say thank you to everyone who has purchased some of my stash that I put up for sale. It means a lot to me and I hope you all enjoy your new yarns! I’m sure I will be watching to see what they get made into :o)

At first, I was really saddened to have to sell off my stash. I had to do something, though, because going to the chiropractor has made a huge difference in my quality of living. I thought long and hard about it and decided that there’s a lot of things I have no plans for or don’t really want any longer. I was holding on to a lot of things I’d probably never use unless it was the last yarn in my stash. I realized that as I grew as a knitter, my tastes changed. It happens to everyone, I’m sure. When things started to get shipped off to their new homes, I actually felt happy about it as if I was giving the yarn a new life. I know that probably sounds silly, but there it is – I was glad it was going to someone who would do something with it instead of it just hanging around in my stash with no purpose. Even better is that I’ve made enough to cover BOTH appointments next week and possibly one the following week as well. I feel lighter, now, too. Maybe my stash was weighing me down a bit every time I looked at it and realized so much of it had no purpose without my even realizing it.

There are still some things left and you can check my Ravelry Trade/Sell page or the Destash Blog post I made.

Initially, I didn’t tell Nick about it. Last night, though, I told him that I had put a bunch of my yarn up for sale to cover my appointments. He was shocked, but also happy for me. This morning, I told him that I’d made enough for my appointments next week and he was amazed and proud of me for giving up my yarn. I explained that there were a lot of things I wasn’t using and I was okay with letting it go. I knew that the things I really wanted to keep would keep me knitting for probably the next year or two. He told me to look on the bright side of things: once things aren’t so tight and we can afford to buy more yarn, I can get things that I will actually use. He even joked that it will be better than the yarn I’ve let go and maybe he’s right. Not "better, more expensive yarn", but yarn that will be better for me because I will use it, it will have a purpose. I think I much prefer to buy yarn and know what I’ll make with it rather than buy a skein or two of a yarn, then decide I don’t have enough to make anything I want out of it (which is what happened with most of the yarn I decided to destash). I suppose that sock yarn is a good impulse buy yarn for me since I love to knit socks, but other than that, I doubt that I’ll be doing much other impulse buying from now on.

I have been resisting casting on, but Wednesday, I failed and cast on for a sock. I just couldn’t take being without a sock on my needles! Nothing fancy – just a toe-up sock with 2 x 2 ribbing on foot and leg of the sock. I’m using Austermann Step in color 10. I’ve never worked with this yarn before, but I’m really enjoying watching the stripes take shape as I work on it. I’ve been working on Wisp, still, doing a repeat here and there. The Bag has seen some progress, too, but this week it seems that the counting was just throwing me for a loop and I was doing more frogging than actual work (knit 1 row for every 2 frogged), so I set it down in favor of something that required less attention.

For my birthday, my family got me Knit 2 Together by Tracy Ullman and Mel Clark. There’s actually a few things I would like to make out of there, so that was exciting to get! Nick got me the new Matchbox Twenty and Rascal Flatts CD’s and Nathaniel got me an Office Depot Carl Edwards #99 TY Beanie Baby bear.

Well, I’ve got stuff to get done. Have a good weekened everyone!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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