I write a weekly newsletter for the LYS where I work. This past Sunday, I included what I thought was a good idea to start off a new year … organizing your workspace/knitting corner and all your supplies.
The idea isn’t mine. I saw it on an Instagram post by @ithoughtiknewhow and the general premise is to take a day to do something to start your new year off with a sense of organization and planning rather than the left-over havoc of the old year. I know that I can’t get all of these tasks done in a day but I can probably accomplish several of them in a week. Yesterday I started and finished three steps (all of the ones that I suggested people finish in the newsletter.)
I gathered all of my WIPs (works in progress), my needles and notions that are spread around in bags and drawers in my studio, and brought them to one spot. I’m so lucky to have a studio space where I can do this! (Gratitude.) I then proceeded to examine each project to see if it’s something that I still want to knit, made sure that the yarn and pattern are in the bag of projects I want to keep and put them away in my cabinet. I also rescued yarn for the projects I don’t want to knit, returned it to a cake/skein and put any needles and notions away. I put finished project contents and bags away (I have bins of partial skeins saved away for those “just in case” times and I do return to them frequently) and made sure the project bags were clean before I put them away, too.
I have kept ten WIPs to finish this year. I returned several projects that I don’t want to knit and there may be one more that I’m on the fence about.
I also made a list of the WIPs in my 2022 Bullet Journal so that I make time to get some of them finished – they’ll be in my face every time I start or finish a project. Right now I have a commission that I am working on, it’s half-way done and when it’s sent off to my client, I’ll finish one of the WIPs in my cabinet. @ithoughtiknewhow suggests the possible planning of a day where you work on WIPs … I’m not sure I’m that good at keeping a schedule but it’s appealing and I’m considering giving it a try.
(Sadly, I have a drawer of sewing/quilting WIPs, too. I wonder when I will get to thinking about them. Maybe when (if?) I retire. LOL
I follow Anne and have been doing her ‘Yarn Stash Destash’ and I have been successfully getting parts of my yarny life in order.
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Hannah Theismann (sp?) is doing something similar in her Slow Knitting Year. Having been going through everything knitting for 4 months now (!) – books, magazines, patterns, printing out my Ravelry stuff, WIPs, Queue…it is SO satisfying to be paring down to what is beautiful and what I love. Not done yet! But no surprise. It has prompted me to know my knitting self better…my disproportionate expectations I place on myself being the biggest…and realizing I do more impulse buying than I realize. (Not no more.) It gives me great pleasure now to be happy and grateful with what I have…
Kathleen, can you send me a link? I don’t know her! I’ve been going through a lot of paper patterns and cleaning up and organizing but I love to follow others who have done it successfully – I’m also writing about the in the Yardgoods Yarn newsletter weekly – do you still get it? xoxoxo