Typically I'm not into new year's resolutions or the whole new year, new me thing. I've tried that in the past...failed epically and know that is not me and I can't put that pressure on myself. But again, that's just me because I know I will find the first opportunity to wiggle out of something as soon as I can.
However, this year I am trying to be slightly more organized, especially when it comes to my yarn. To the surprise of no one, I have a wee bit of a collection - and by that I mean Joann's could totally use my house as a showroom for yarn, or send people my way when they don't have something in stock. It has taken up way too many rooms, but I haven't really stopped buying.
After placing a rather large order from a new company last week, I sat back and came to two realizations: (1) holy moly that's a lot of yarn, I really need to stop buying so much until I can use some; (2) how do I know I have what I need for a project there's no organization to anything.
Because of the way I have yarn strewn throughout my house in no particular order, and the size of my stash, I couldn't fathom trying to go through everything to organize and put all the reds together or all the neutrals in this area - I would love to, but I would need a week's vacation from work and then another week to recover from that week. As I was contemplating this fact, I happened to go on to https://www.ravelry.com/.
I've had an account on Ravelry for about a year, but I don't use that account as much. However, one of the feature stories this month discussed the feature they have to "stash" yarn. As I started reading more about it, the more interested I became.
With the stash feature, I can digitally capture what brand and color yarn I have. Many colorways are already listed in their database (although you also can enter information if it is not there). So, I decided to try to do this. What I'm doing is going through receipts for orders I've made in the past six months and entering in my information from there. Once I have that done, I'll decide how much further I want to go. At least maybe if I have some tangible accountability for this it will help - especially because since I don't know if I have a particular shade I find myself placing an order for a color, only to find I have three skeins of that exact shade.
The other thing I think I'm going to do - as much as I don't like to have to admit it - is that I am going to have to stop buying more yarns for a while. I think I might make a bargain with myself that if I use "X" number of skeins, then I can buy "Y" number. At the worst case, I would just save it as a gift for myself for my birthday.
As much as it is a pain, I actually do enjoy reviewing the yarns that I have and getting to see it in my stash - and it is helping me to plan some projects I have upcoming to know what I want to try to play with.
Will I maintain it once I get so far? I don't know. Like I said, I usually make resolutions and then disappoint myself by not following through with them. However, if I can equate this to trying to keep stock of my materials for business maybe that will help me a little more.
Above all else - I'm going to need bigger tubs to put my yarn in (and find places to hide what I have). Hahaha.
Hugs and cuddles,