Having downsized to a 600ft square living space, my collection of yarn and fibres needs facing. I have been putting it off for years amassing 2 big boxes of sockyarn and yarns leftover from projects. Each time decluttering has happened I have bypassed these conveniently. Mea culpa.It is not until it took to filling an understairs cupboard and creating the sustainable wardrobe that I admitted that there are only so many sweaters a woman needs, so many socks we need and yes the time for facing the issue was here, procrastination over.
Why do I have so much yarn ?
- Partly because I miscalculated the amounts required for the projects
- did not follow the instructions properly
- impulse buy at yarn festivals
- just because I like that colourway
- Maybe a small fantasy of one day owning a yarn store.
Why is knitting important and valuable to me?
- I knit for relaxation, learning a new technique and gifting.
Any specific project in mind?
- About 20 which would take me about 2 years to complete
- Some of which I do no longer want to make
- Enough for at least 10 socks
First step: What do I want to keep and why?
- Do I have a project in mind?
- Do I still need that finished object?
That leaves me with the 3 projects planned for and 6 sock yarns for a years supply.( GULP)
Plus an embargo on buying new fibers.
Second step - How do I recycle the rest?
I could put it on freecycle but I am finding it too valuable for that. (Still holding on)
Can I give it to a school where children are encouraged to learn to knit? ( sounds a better option)
Finally I have decided to :
- gift my stash to be used for charity knitting
- to seriously consider charity knitting as a way to create items that are needed for others
- to not buy yarns until I know what project is needed in my wardrobe
Do I feel a sense of loss or bereft?
Small tinge of sadness but a great relief that I will not knit items that are unwanted and made of leftover stash.
And the bonus is I will be knitting for relaxation with a purpose. Gifting woollens is after all one of the things I cherish so why not give that gift to someone else without the burden.
For charity knitting see UK Handknitting Association