Be the Curator of Your Collection: Part 1 of a series
” I need to use my stash before I buy anything!” I hear this all the time. And when I ask, what are you going to make next, a lot of people are confused and don’t know what they have in that stash. Is your stash paralyzing your creativity?
When is the last time you visited your collection or part of it? For me it has been about a year since I pulled out the skeins that I’ve bought and added into my collection. I want to talk today about spending some meaningful time with your collection.
First you need to investigate. I’ve heard from many of you that your collection is so large you can’t possibly bring it all out to look at. OK. You can visit part of your collection, one wing of the museum if you will.
You will need some supplies as you do this. You will need some index cards or sticky notes. You will need some gallon ziplock bags and maybe a sweater bag or two. And you will need some place to put the skeins you set aside. This could be a box or a larger trash bag.
You need to visit your skeins and use Marie Kondo’s technique to make sure that this part of your collection is still meaningful to you. Do you know about KonMari? It is a Japanese technique (Click here to see book at Amazon) where you take everything out and hold each item. Does it bring you happiness? Does it spark something inside, like a sense of beauty or creative idea? If you love it, keep it. If not, set it aside.
And what about the skeins you still love? As you are visiting I also want you to put skeins together that go together in some way. What I’m thinking about here is pairing skeins up that would look great together in a shawl or maybe yarns that would work great in colorwork or brioche. Put those into a ziplock bag and add a card inside with your current thinking. Such as “skeins for a Doddler”. Skeins for colorwork hat, Skeins for a brioche scarf.