Monday, January 19, 2015

Some thoughts about stuff

Since the beginning of the year I have been quite frustrated about the amount of stuff I have. What brought this to a head was that I had put a cat toy in the cupboard the day before and I went to take it out the next day and couldn't find it. I did find a pair of speakers that hadn't been used for three years, a bunch of old pillows and a whole lot of crap. Leon and I moved in here six years ago, and it's a large two bedroom flat. With built in cupboards, a garage and a storage room. So we've had plenty of room, but I've started to feel dragged down by my stuff. So, I've been very gently addressing the issue. My inspiration, from http://www.slowyourhome.com/ is to get rid of five things a day. Address one shelf or drawer or space and sort it out.

Now, I'm not becoming a minimalist, I just want to have a bit less crap cluttering up my life.
So what - you may well ask - has this got to do with yarn? Well, today I went to Australian Country Spinners in Wangaratta. I went ostensibly to take photos for Ramble and Make, but also to check out what they have on special. 

And I realised that's one of the reasons I have so much stuff, including yarn. My stash started with half price Rowan and was built from finding quality yarns on special. It's the same with my clothes - when I was younger, and poorer, I bought name brand suits from Op Shops when and if I found them, because who would say no to a $500 suit for $20. And I never got out of the habit. But now I don't need to hoard yarn because get it on special, and in the long run it will be more economical to buy what I need, when I need it, rather than having 24 kilometres of  beautiful yarn sitting around.

All of which is to say that I didn't buy any yarn today. I'm not on a yarn fast, or yarn diet, I just want to knit with the lovely yarn I already have first.

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