Friday, September 21, 2012

Never Enough

Never Enough
A few days ago I was making a very sad attempt at trying to clean and tidy up all my crafting areas.  You see, for a little over a week when I had guests and visitors the house was somewhat decent.  It showed little hints that suggested that I was a knitter and nary a sign that I dabble in sewing when time allows (which is not much, but I'm hoping that will change very soon), for I had shoved all things crafty into either my already crammed "sewing closet", the "yarn closet", my side of the bedroom, and into every single project bag that I had.  It didn't take long (re: it took an hour) after my last guest had left that the house couldn't take it any more and decided to cough up all that I had hidden.  Skeins of yarn and swatches barfed out of bags and all over the desk, piles of fabric spilled out of the closet, project bags appeared on every surface of the house, notebooks perched on every table top, and pens scattered everywhere (and only half of them actually work).

I realize there are some things that you just can't prevent from happening.  Like your craft supplies vomiting all over your house.  Or the fact that there are some things that you can never have enough of...regardless of the fact that said house is littered with the aforementioned craft supplies...to the point where you feel like you'll be featured next on an episode of Hoarders.  

With that said, want to know what's on my list of things that you just can't have enough of?


Yarn & Fabric

:: Yarn :: Fabric ::
Are you really surprised about this one?  I'll admit that I have accumulated a nice little yarn stash within the past few years, and yet the other day I couldn't find a single skein of yarn that I wanted to knit up in a specific pattern.  How is that possible?  I had even contemplated making a trip to my LYS to see if I can find the right yarn.  I basically had to slap my own face and remind myself that I have more than enough yarn to last me a lifetime (the last time I counted, I had enough sweater quantities to knit a sweater a month for 9 years...I'm scared to think about the single skeins!), so I know I can definitely find a suitable yarn.  But there's always something yummier and more enticing to knit with, right?

As for the fabric stash...I'm accumulating faster than I can sew.  It really doesn't help that gorgeous fabric lines are constantly being released one after another.  I have yet to teach myself to purchase only 1 yard of each print and not 4...or 6.  But you know how it is, you see a print that you love to death and you can totally picture sewing up a dress, a quilt, project bags galore with it...just to realize that you really don't have enough time in the day to do all that sewing and knitting!  So note to self: buy smaller quantities so that you have can a little of each print.  If you really, really, really love a print and can't imagine living without it in your life, then get just 3 or 4 yards...not 7!


Project Bags & Tea

:: Project bags :: Tea ::
Unless you are quite the monogamous knitter I guess there's really no need to have more than say, 2 project bags.  But I'm not monogamous.  Far from it.  Look up "project hoar" in any dictionary and I'm sure you'll see my picture next to it.  Heck, taking a quick look of the bags by my desk and I can count 6 project bags.  I'll admit that I kind of don't help the situation at all by sewing a new project bag every time I can't find a bag not in use.  Most normal people in this situation would then realize that maybe, just maybe it was time to finish a few WIPs to free up those bags.  Yeah, not me.  I'll just quickly sew up a new one.  Problem solved, right?  Um...

Moving on...tea.  You can never have enough tea.  It seems that if you are a knitter then you must have a plethora of either tea or coffee.  Unless I'm in the Kootenays and can stock up on my absolute favourite coffee (it's Oso Negro for those with inquiring minds), I usually have quite the selection of teas on hand.  Lately I've been obsessed with David's Tea.  Seriously, yummy stuff.  Just when I thought I found a favourite, I try one of the samples you get when you order online (we won't talk about how crazy it can be when you go into a shop), and I discover a new fave.  Le sigh.  Just like the other items on this list, there's so many teas, so little time!


TapesMarkersPensPostIts

:: Tape measures :: Stitch markers :: Pens :: Post-It Notes ::
I seem to have a tape measure in every project bag, every knitting bag and every regular handbag. I also discovered a handful of them on my desk as well as my nightstand, and yet, with so many of them around I still can never find one when I need one!  Whenever I hit up Dressew in Vancouver I seem to always leave with at least 2 or 3 of them, cause really, when they're 25¢ a pop (or 75¢ for a set that includes a retractable version and a regular version) it would be stupid of me to not get one!

I'm sure a lot of other knitters can agree with me on this one, but you really can't have too many stitch markers.  Ever.  Especially if you work on numerous projects at any given time.  And of course different kinds of stitch markers are needed.  Locking stitch markers, basic stitch markers, fancy stitch markers...they all have a place in my notions cases!

Look into any given handbag of mine and you'll be able to find a cornucopia of pens and Sharpies, and yet, when you need one they are nowhere to be found.  August and September are my favourite months of the year to stock up on office supplies.  I just can't resist back to school sales and always find that a few packages of some sort of writing utensil has fallen into my shopping cart.  Oh office supplies...you're like crack to me!

And then there's Post-Its.  I love Post-Its.  I simply cannot get enough of them.  They are worse than crack.  I.just.can't.resist.them.  And I can't help but think of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion whenever I say the words "Post-Its".  Anyhoo, I don't go through them as much as I used to now that I use a tablet to store and read my patterns on, but they are in full force in my sketchbooks, day timer, notebooks, and all over my computer and desk.  I write pattern notes, reminders, lists, and from time to time little love notes for Brett to find on Post-Its.  Enter the house and you'll find a pad of Post-its everywhere.  Seriously.


Notebooks & LIsts

:: Notebooks :: Lists ::
I'm one of those weird people that's always buying notebooks.  I have a huge basket and a shelf (and a drawer) full of notebooks just waiting to be used.  Lined paper notebooks, graph paper filled, blank sheets, you name it, I have it.  Brett hates it when I go to Michaels cause I always leave with a stack of those notebooks that you can get for a dollar each.  And for a while there I was using nothing but pink Moleskines...which looks great on a bookshelf, but horrible when trying to remember which notebook you had scribbled design/pattern/knitting notes in!  I have a notebook for knitting ideas, a book for sewing ideas, a book for general doodling, a book for magazine tear sheets and clippings, a book of lists...basically I have a book for everything.

I'm a perpetual list maker.  I make lists for everything too.  Things to do, priority of knits, blog posts, checklists...I can go on and on.  Like I mentioned above, I even have a notebook dedicated to my lists.  But I'm also known for scribbling lists on paper napkins, backs of envelopes, scrap paper, receipts, and keep them all piled on the desk (hence why it always looks a bit messy!).  Making lists helps me to think straight and helps me to get things done.  Well, that and reverse schedules.  I know I'm not the only one that likes to make lists and I know I'm not the only one that will write down something I have already done just so I can cross it off.  Ahhh...instant gratification.  Come on, I know you do it to!

Oh, I should also mention that you can't have enough lip balm and lipgloss too. Seriously, you really can't have too many tubes and pots around.  But this list is of the crafty variety and lip balm is simply another post! 

Anyhoo, ok, so...what are some of the things you can't get enough of?

19 comments:

  1. I should make my husband read this post so that he can see that there isn't something wrong with me! My stash isn't even that big, and he already calls me a hoarder. (I may or may not also have a fairly extensive paper crafting supply though...i collect paper like you have fabric)

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    1. Hahaha...I think a lot of husbands need to read a lot of knit blogs, just to understand how the things we knitters (and crafters in general!!) are actually quite "normal". ;) And it's not hoarding (and why do they always say that word like it's a bad thing??), we are securing our entertainment for the end of the world, when post-Apocalyptic Earth will no longer have sheep. Or so I tell my husband! ;)

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  2. Sister from a different mother I say!!!

    I only wish my wee stash was the size of yours;)
    These post-it note pic's make me smile! Currently every inch of my microwave is spotted in post its. Girls gotta be organized.

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    1. Haha...I'm glad I'm not the only one that has a surface in the house covered in Post-Its! :D

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  3. Oh and I totally have to have a project bag made in that grey chevron fabric!! <3

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  4. Please, please, please can you make me a large project bag out of that gorgeous rainbow chevron? it is sooooooo nice! (ps, I'll pay, of course :)

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    1. I'll see how much fabric I have left and I'll let you know! :)

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  5. i seriously love this post! it kind of gives me warm fuzzies :) and it totally gets me into the fall knitting groove. so thanks for that! ha. no you can never have too much of any of those things. xo

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  6. I knew we were meant to be friends. i think we may be related...lol. Except your stash is bigger than mine. My stash longs to be your stash...lol. Awesome post m'dear. Hope to see ya soon :)

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    1. Hahaha...your entire comment made me laugh! :) I hope to make it to a Saturday knit night soon! ♥

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  7. OMG are you me?? and no, i'm not posting my ravelry user name - my stash is getting a little...erm out of hand, shall we say. and let's not mention my fabric stash - i haven't purchased fabric in years (thank god). i've worked at 2 fabric stores and apparently had little will power when it came to european wools, linens and silks *sigh*. i seriously hope that when i kick the bucket all of my stash will go to people who will dive in and fondle all the fibre. maybe i should write it into my will...lol

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    1. Hahaha, I have little will power when it comes to European wools too! And Japanese linens. Mmm...yum!

      I know what you mean about writing into your will about what will happen to your stashes. At the rate that I'm collecting yarn and fabric, I think I'll have enough of both to open my own shop. I think I should be thinking about who gets what when I bite the dust! ;)

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  8. I'm not even going to attempt to check my stash room for notions. It seems I can never find a tape measure. I end up constantly buying another one from Fabricland or ordering another one online. I think I'm going to bury my head in the sand on this one ;-)

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    1. Hahaha...it's ok Melissa! ;) I really don't think you can have enough tape measures. Having to constantly purchase one isn't something to be ashamed about!

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  9. Oh my! what a stash! I love all the same things you do!
    I'm a little scared/ashamed to admit that my studio/study looks just like this!

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    1. Thanks Flora! :) Haha...don't be scared and never be ashamed that your studio looks like this! It's hard to tidy when you're busy creating!! Or at least that's what I tell myself.... ;)

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  10. I love this post because basically everything you said, I couldn't have said better myself. Stitch markers are something I would like MORE of in fact, but post-its, pens, and tape measures? Yeah. And let's not get to fabric and yarn :) Instead of project bags I have baskets, but really it's the same thing now isn't it? Just found your blog, I so enjoy your writing!

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