Alright. It’s day three of the second annual Knitting and Crochet Blogging week, and it’s now happening: I’m rebelling. Yup. You got it. Yarn and “organization” should not be in the same sentence. There. I wrote it.
Now, if you didn’t see my Monday post, just look above and you’ll see another shot of my stash … sort of. I was embarrassed Monday to reveal that I had actually omitted a few skeins of yarn. Of course, that was Monday. Now it’s Wednesday, and my normally very organized mind has had some time to ponder Monday’s minor embarrassment.
I’m no longer embarrassed. Here’s why.
I am a word person. I love all things words – books, blogs, lists, you name it. I have lists for all my crafty stuff. I made a list last year of those projects I wanted to make. I made yet another list at the beginning of last year for the shawls I wanted to make. Of course, what actually sprang from my crafty hands had very little resemblance to those two lists (which did not even really look like each other). I have a new list for this year:
As you can see – I’ve made exactly one thing on January and February’s list. I have a few more that I’m about to start – but it’s now almost April. And of course, the yarn stash and the lists are supposed to be tied to each other. That makes sense, right?
Well, it’s not the fact that I missed a few skeins of yarn in the above photo that’s the issue. No, I’ve been relying on a system that bites – that’s the issue.
So, while the project list still exists (as well as my blog, my Ravelry project pages and digital library) say goodbye to yarn organization. There will be no organized buckets of yarn, complete with alphabetized indices sitting neatly on a hard drive, just waiting to be printed and gazed upon. Color-coordinated? Nah. By weight? Not happening. Nope. No siree Bob. Because as I was snapping the stash photos, I actually remembered I had two other skeins I should have included.
And there’s the rub – it’s not about the words when it comes to yarn, for me it’s about the tactile and the visual. I know exactly what I have, in my head, because I’ve seen it and touched it and experienced it and it’s a permanent part of my memory. No other organization is needed.
Watch as my hands wipe against each other in a very self-satisfied manner.
I’d love to hear whether or not you’re in the no-organization camp. Please leave me a comment, and enjoy all of the great blogging energy that is the second annual Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week. And, hey, let’s have fun out there on the ‘net.