Today my computer crapped out at 85 degrees/11AM, so I took the day off. I decided to cull my stash. I phoned the nearest senior center, and asked if they had a knitting group that would be interested in a donation. They did, and they would, and so my plan was set in motion.
My plan was to pick through two of the big bins, and ruthlessly dispose of anything that I knew I would never knit. This includes single skeins that I’d bought with no particular purpose in mind, leftover skeins from multi-skein projects, right down to the golf ball-sized bits I was saving for WHO KNOWS WHY.
My plan was to put all this yarn into this adorable gift bag, and give it to the senior center.
Everything went according to plan, except that… the yarn didn’t fit into the gift bag.
In the end, I packed two large grocery store totes full to the brim.
I had to tamp them down a little, just to keep the yarn from falling out the top. But I refused to split it into a third Safeway tote bag, because honestly! I do have some shame.
Oddly enough, after updating my Ravelry stash page, donating all of this yarn only resulted in a net loss of 800 yards. And when I say “oddly,” I’m putting it in “air quotes.”
It turns out that I hadn’t entered or tallied any of these “little bits,” because they “weren’t enough to count.” Why, “that skein is practically done anyway.”
I took it straight to the senior center, even though it was wicked hot out and I was scared to leave the house. But I truly, madly, desperately needed to have those giant bulging sacks of shame OUT OF MY HOUSE.
Luckily, the staff member who gratefully took my donation was also a knitter. So she totally understood. And she gave me some great knitting ideas, which I’ll expound upon in another post.
After all that, I barely had the strength to watch television all day. I know; I’m sure your heart bleeds for me. I kept the cats cool with ice packs wrapped in damp washcloths.
Sadly, the ice packs eventually melted and had to go back in the freezer. Brady went upstairs to dangle various body parts over the edge.
The updraft from the open window upstairs means that you can catch a (slightly) cooler breeze there.