With this year's current projects I've been trying to use up entire skeins of yarn, especially for stuff that isn't sock yarn. I'm not terribly concerned about the sock yarn thing because I've got the hexipuff blanket to work on, but I'm really not sure what to do with a few yards of worsted or whatever. None of my color scraps really go together and there isn't enough of anything to make a whole project. I've searched through ravelry to find an acceptable scrap yarn project, but honestly, most of those projects are quite hideous. A lot of them look like mud, and while I like the idea of using things up, LNT, and all that, I really really don't want to make something I wouldn't wear and then guilt someone else into wearing it. Plus there'd be SO MANY ENDS to tuck away and I don't think I have the patience for that. I think I might donate most of my random scraps.
I've been meaning to talk about the kind of crafting expectations that we put on ourselves and how that results in a gigantic stash. From two wise ladies:
I realized the world, everyone in it practically, will give more and more responsibility to any woman who will continue to accept it. And when the other responsibilities are too great, her responsibility to herself must go. Or she has to take a thoroughly selfish position and refuse the world, and then accept whatever guilt there is. -Kate Wilhelm
When it comes to making art, life has a habit of getting in the way...How the hell with the emotional and physical demands, the financial responsibilities and the sheer domestic chaos that are part of having a family - do you keep creativity anywhere near the top of your 'to do' list? - Rachel Power
I've been looking at my queue and I doubt I can get through it all this year. There are too many sweaters to knit up. Unless I devoted a lot more time to the needles it's not attainable this year. And that's okay. They trade-off for the fancy handmade bespoke wardrobe is visiting friends, camping and hiking, fancy cooking, training the dog, visiting the gym and myriad other things that make me feel good. I'm trying not to set unattainable goals so that when I accomplish something I can feel good about getting THE THING DONE rather than feel guilty about what I haven't finished yet.
Anyway, sorry about the long wait, I've got a lot of irons in the fire. Soon I'll hopefully be able to share some big news with y'all.