As I type I am watching a programme on TV called Gardeners’ World. It is wonderful watching them all tidying up the garden, sorting out root cuttings, tying in and pruning the climbing roses……… In the Drum S&B we have been chatting on an off over the summer about what we have managed to grow in our various gardens across the world, and how we are using or preserving it for the winter.
The weather is getting a good deal cooler here in the UK and even I have had to put on a jacket a couple of times! The nights are starting to draw in as well. I have started to add an extra item each week to my shopping basket ready to start making the Christmas Cakes for friends and family at the end of this month.
All of this preparation and domesticity – if that word can be stretched to include the garden as well – has had me thinking about preparations and tidying in my knitting. Over the summer I took part in Eyeamelise’s challenge to do some tidying and organising in my notebook.
Having photos of large numbers of yarns in my stash as well as a note of where I have squirreled it away is great – I can now see what I have and often I have forgotten that I have it! When I look at a pattern on Ravelry it will tell me what suitable yarns I have in the stash – really helpful with my latest project as the yarn I bought for it was the wrong weight (very clever) and I did not fancy rooting through the Wall of Wool………
I can also recommend going through your queue and pruning as well as reorganising. I have some great things there to make, and some other really interesting ones that realistically I was never going to make, so they have gone. There is also a facility to add a wish list. This is good if you have friends and relatives on Ravelry so you can let people know – maybe not so good for spouses who you may not wish to allow to access Ravelry if they are likely to be nervous about the size of your stash!
And projects……… well, I have been astounded how long some of my WIPs have been in progress. To be honest, some of them are going to be for a while longer yet! I have decided that I need to use the extra days at the end of the month to work on the really big projects that are WIPs and that are not going to get finished in a month as part of a WIP challenge – witness my sin’s cabled sweater or even more so the dusky pink aran jacket for me.
I would encourage you all to have a go at some organising and pruning and tidying, it has been quite a satisfying experience for me, and has been yielding results already!