I'm slowly but surely going through all my stuff deciding what to keep, what to store, and what to give away. Today was the yarn stash. I made some decent progress.
I've got a big pile of yarn I need to give away:
A small pile of yarn I'm going to store:
And only a tiny bit to take with me.:
Hmmm.... looking at the ratio of keep to give away is making me sad. But it's just yarn (I know I know) and I can get more when I come back. Still... I might need to move a little of the Lambs Pride into the 'store' pile.
I also organized all my partial skeins, feltable wool, washable wool, cotton, and 'other'. I was thinking about giving them to the Goodwill, but then I remembered there was a place in Portland where they recycle craft stuff. I actually couldn't find the one I was thinking of (off Sandy Blvd - named cat-something, kitty-something?), but I did find SCRAP, the School & Community Resource Action Project. I just went and dropped off a big bag of yarny bits, and OMG - if I weren't leaving the country, that would be my new favorite store.
It's small and a bit rough around the edges, but it is packed to the gills with potential craft projects - for cheap! There were maps of Portland 2 for a quarter (would make awesome wrapping paper... or wall paper!), boxes of teacher chalk, markers, paints, magazines (decoupage-o-rama!), wrapping paper, ribbon, trims, yarn & fabric - also officey type stuff like paperclips, index cards, folders etc. TONS of stuff... for CHEAP! Now I know most of the people who read my little blog probably already have well established stashes - at least for their craft of choice, but if you ever wanted to cross-craft or just play - this would be the place to get some inspiration. If you're in the Portland area you should check them out - they're in North Portland on the Williams Rd. near Failing. If you're not in the Portland area - you should see if there's something similar where you are.