Wow - thank you all for those helpful, and dare I say supportive comments about hoarding supplies. As you can imagine from this comment left by Tom it's a sore point around here:
Go on girls (and you all are, it just might be a factor here) GET RID OF IT ALL. Someone once said to me: "you know I was really happy when I could pack my whole life into a Ford Escort and just go". Just an idea, back from London, wondering how we're ever going to get all this stuff from one side of the country to the other.......
I woke up to that on Friday morning (and enjoyed telling the children that some loon had left a really unhelpful comment to my last post). He assures me that he was just being provocative!
So stuff is a bone of contention. Tom reckons he's a minimalist but he's forgetting that when I first met him in 1989 he still had all his Lloyds Bank chequebook stubbs which he carted around the country. And then there was .......... No, I won't try and score points (for once) but we'll just leave it there shall we dear!
Anyway, I did manage to go through my stuff and on the advice of many of you I chucked out the tatty, never-going-to-use-that-ever stuff and it does look a lot more manageable. It also means that I have less stuff which I'm more likely to use. I think I need to have a few 'use what you have' months in the near future.
It was inevitable that in my clearing up I would find a quite a few WIP's that were carefully hidden away so that I could forget about them. What did I find?
Well, there is a jumper for Raj (in Debbie Bliss Merino) that I will never finish because a) it will now be too small for him and b) he won't wear hand knits anymore:
a hand towel in a gorgeous green but I ran out of the cotton:
a baby's bib (who on earth was I knitting that for?):
boot socks from a few posts back with Briggs and Little 2 ply:
ordinary socks with Regia:
Rohan's jumper with Colinette dk that I bought last August. I've done both sides and am now on sleeve one:
a scarf with some leftover Noro Silk garden:
and finally one side of a bag made with felted jumpers:
Aghhhhhhh - I hate WIP's especially abandoned ones. I just can't seem to capture the enthusiasm of a once desirable project after I leave it for a while. I know that I am never going to finish that purple jersey for Raj or the hand towel unless someone gets me the yarn from America and sends it to me. The boot socks - can I be bothered? The scarf - I wear my lovely green curlicue one all the time so I'm never going to wear this and everyone in our house seems to have at least two/three scarves each. Must, must, must finish the turquoise jersey for Rohan (but when). Ditto the Regia socks and the bag.
Is it just me or do I have the patience of a gnat (is that the phrase?). How come I can abandon so many things half way and go on to other things? I also have a doll's head waiting for a body, a lamb without ears, half finished scotty, a couple of brooches. Flipping heck - wish I could just chuck 'em all out and resolve to not start anything in the future unless I'm really passionate about it and am going to finish it in one go. Maybe that's unrealistic - maybe it's just what we crafters do - have lots of things on the go at one time. (I'm not sure that is actually the case with me and these WIP's. I've certainly abandoned a few those projects above.)
What do you reckon? Have you got lots of hidden away, half-finished projects? Do you feel guilty about them? Are you ever going to finish them and if not why not? And what do you do if you're really not going to go back to something? You can't just chuck things out when you've invested time and money in them?Shame we can't have a 'swap my never-going-to-finish' thing for yours .....................