It was with renewed vigour that I surveyed my surroundings this afternoon. "This won't do," I thought to myself. The mess was everywhere. Stacks of magazines, lovingly collected for recipes or knitting patterns or pretty photographs, were starting to lean sideways in a precarious manner. The wastepaper basket was overflowing with tissues - I have a cold. The cat was sleeping happily in an unmade bed (I don't have the heart to disturb him). A pair of furry pink slippers and beige and brown cowboy boots lay on the floor, tripping all who dared to pass. This wouldn't do at all.
So I have decided to get a bit more organised. I have no idea how things came to be this way - all I've been doing is sitting in front of the pc under a blanket. My first step is to deal with the magazines. I have started scanning them into PDF versions. This is such an elegant solution, as it reduces clutter (I can give them magazines to a library or doctor's office) and I have all my magazines in one place, with no adverts. This will take a long time, but once it's done, I will feel much better.
I've purchased a plastic storage bin (I was inspired by my online knitting friend, mooshie - her hobby room looks stuffed to the brim, but oh so organised! *jealous*) for my yarns. I am ashamed to say that my (what I thought was a small) stash doesn't fit in there, so I will have to buy at least two more. I am also wracked with guilt, as I haven't updated my whole stash on Ravelry. One step at a time.
Here is the storage bin, it's the perfect size.
I want loads more of these, they're great! My needles fit in there, too.
Lastly, un update on the braided hood. I've been avoiding it, since any fool can see I won't have enough yarn for the whole thing. This means I'll have to go out and buy some more. I will then be the genius who managed to turn a one skein project into a four skein one. Oh well, the thicker double-strand effect is really lovely and cosy. I could get away with purchasing only one extra skein, but since I'm knitting with two strands, I'll have to unwind it and cut it in half - thanks, but no thanks. The whole project is still well under R100 ($13), which is still reasonable for such a cutie-pie hoodie.
So that's that. I'm busy getting organised, getting rid of clutter and during this lengthy process I will slowly but surely upload my stash info onto Ravelry. And start knitting my next projects. (That coat! I want!) The multi-coloured Magnum yarn in my stash (there are three skeins, the blue label) will be turned into a baker boy hat:
I will see how long this wave of energy lasts.