Clearing the Decks
Over the years I collected a lot of yarn and fabric for future projects. Some of it was materials I liked at the time but no longer speak to me. Some things I just collected because the price was right or a friend gifted me with hand-me-downs.
I was brought up in a family heavily invested in hand-me-downs. I love the concept. But I have decided it is time to clear the decks for future knitting, weaving and quilting projects. So the yarn I looked at for the last month that was waiting to be put on my loom is gone. The color is not me and is not inspiring. The quilt project from my previous post is gone along with the uninspiring fabric I was trying to use up. I am not a pastels person.
Yesterday, with glee and great satisfaction, I dropped off a bag of yarn at the thrift store. Gone is the drab tan beige tone cotton yarn. Gone is the cone of pastel variegated yarn that looked colorful enough on the cone but paled to washed out hues once woven. Gone is the white that reminded me of the days I had to wear white dresses to church ceremonies too numerous to count, a time I really don’t want to remember.
As I say goodbye to each outgrown skein and piece of fabric I feel a great inner peace and a sense of excitement and expectation. The clutter is reduced as well as the obligation to “make do”. I can’t wait to get the yarn color card I ordered so I can experiment with jewel tones and iridescence in my weaving. It has been too long to have that project on the back burner. Life is too short.