How much Yarn?

That was the question in my mind recently when I decided to finally attack the task of making an inventory of my yarn stash.  I hired a friend to help as each time I’ve attempted to get a handle on things I get too overwhelmed or distracted by the beautiful yarn.

First thing we did was corral every bit of yarn from my household and work areas into one corner of my office.  I was happily amazed that it took up far less room than I had anticipated.

Then began the counting. 

I had already gotten a good portion of it sorted out by yarn company. 

And I had purchased some bright green dots to put on each skein as it was counted, as well on the containers that were filled with inventoried yarn.

My friend Laura really is a marvel.  She has helped me with numerous organizing projects over the years.  Best of all for this project, she has  no interest in yarn and fiber, so is the ideal candidate for keeping me on task. 

Whenever I would get all a flutter about the re-discovery of a beautiful skein in my stash, she would be asking what to put into the spreadsheet about it.  She did grace me occasionally with a kind comment about a color that caught her eye.  And we had many a good chuckle about some of the color names.

I am now down to the last 15% of the inventory job.  This is the part where I identify all the yarn that has lost its ball bands and map out storage locations so I can find the yarn I want when it is time to crochet this all up into lovely swatches and designs.

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Progress

Well, things are going a bit slower than I like, but progress is happening with the Design office. 

 The shelves are all in place.  The Bulletin Boards are installed.  Now it is becoming more of an issue of sorting thru the accumulations of “stuff” that seems to be coming out of the woodwork.

One of the largest projects is taking an inventory of all my yarn.

Yep, that is a scary one.  Fortunately help is arriving in a few minutes in the form of my friend Laura.  She’ll keep me on track, she’s not a yarnie like me.

Of course the good news is I may be sending some yarn to new homes once I have a better handle on how much I really have.

Then there is all the fabric, the thread, the beads, drawing and sketching materials.  Okay, I’m tired again.

Note to self:  Sort thru and pitch (or donate) stuff regularly to avoid this monumental task in the future.

A Very Big Year

I’ve been telling myself that 2011 is going to be a big year for me as a designer, artist and writer.  First off because I plan to have my design office and art studio spaces in fully functioning well-organized shape by the start of the year.

To that end I decided that I needed a big wall calendar to help me track the various deadlines personal and professional that are part of my life.  I am a very visual person so I like having that info up on the walls. 

I already had a wonderful 2010 At-A-Glance full year calendar.  The kind you can write on with a dry-erase marker (or in my case cover with brightly colored sticky notes).

Since 2010 is more than half over, I wanted to have 2011 up there beside it as well.  My local office supply stores didn’t have 2011 calendars currently.  They were all still carrying the academic ones that start July 2010 and end June 2011. 

I went online.  There it was, the exact calendar I wanted.  Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! I didn’t think to actually measure the other one.  After all how many large wall calendar sizes could there be?  The new calendar was delivered today.

So 2011 is definitely a very big year.  Hopefully the size of the calendar will be a reflection of success in the coming year. Though I think I may have to size down when I get my 2012 calendar, there really isn’t room on the wall for 2 calendars of those dimensions (maybe I could use the back of the door?).

Dangerous Pursuits

Now, it’s not what you think.  I’ve not taken up sky-diving or motor-cycle racing.  It’s just my goofy thoughts on the hazards of me going into a craft/hobby store.

I had to stop by JoAnns the other day for some poster board.  I had opened my big mouth last spring and found myself in charge of the first PTO fundraiser of the year.  As part of all this I needed to make some posters.

The poster board is located about 1/2 way down the first aisle when I walk into my local JoAnns and the registers are not terribly far from there as well.  Yet, I somehow managed to make a full loop of the store.  Becoming more inspired by the moment.

There was fabric that I knew I could make some lovely things with.  Cotton yarns were on sale.  Cotton yarn in large balls and gorgeous colors.  Ooooo, there are more yarns on sale over there.  Ideas for things I could make began hopping about in my brain like some sort of crazed popcorn kernels.

“Whoa there, hold on a minute missy!” my wiser self said to the creative crazed self.  “Exactly when, amongst all the deadlines personal and professional you are currently juggling, do you think you will have time to start, let alone do, any of these new projects?”

I’m proud to say, I purchased only 2 pieces of foamcore and 1 very bright piece of poster board.  Though there were some seriously heart tugging longing looks being cast at that cotton yarn by my creative self.