Overwhelm? Or the paralysis of choice? Possibly both.

I don’t know about you but I am the type of personality to get overwhelmed quite easily. Probably because of my long history with anxiety, I figure. And something that seems to be a manifestation of it is that I’m experiencing a dip in motivation for my knitting. Perhaps it’s the long summer? Perhaps it’s the recent rearrangement of my craft room, opening up and revealing its secret stashes and the amount of yarn it really holds. I find myself in front of the TV in the evenings, which was previously my favourite time of day; being able to relax with my favourite craft, guilt-free but I have no desire. Well, maybe not no desire, however it seems the mind is willing but the body is weak. I’ve even tried to give the ol’ mojo a kickstart with some new projects and designs but it ain’t working.

And honestly, I think it comes from feeling overwhelmed at my stash. Ironic, right? Shouldn’t I be feeling inspired and excited about the potential sitting on the shelves and in the bins? Definitely. But is it the reality? Heck no!

During my recent craft room shake up, the sheer amount of yarn while not surprising, as I’m pretty on top of what I have, was a reality check. I live in a small house. I have the luxury of a craft room due to a considerate and supporting husband and our decision to not procreate. And on top of that reality check, I’ve realised I’ve spent A LOT of money on gorgeous yarns that no longer thrill me. But I don’t want to let them go. And some of the yarns have been impulse buys that had no project attached. But I loved them in the moment. Impulse control has never been my strong point.

I also have many sweater quantities of yarn in heavier weights; something I’ve realised doesn’t suit my lifestyle (a work-at-home yarn dyer) and isn’t really required in my part of the world. Heavy sweaters are only really required for going out of the home to stay outside or on the few and far between super-cold days in Adelaide winters. It’s pretty rare I wear one, usually opting for the lighter fingering weight cardigans and sweaters in my wardrobe. The heaviest I’m willing to entertain at this point is a DK weight.

Yesterday I watched my friend Michelle’s podcast, where she spoke at length about a book she’s reading, ‘The Year of Less’ by Cait Flanders (I got a Kindle version here for < $2). I started reading last night and have to say, I’m hooked and inspired. Unfortunately I’m not a single woman who has free reign over my belongings. I have to be accountable to my husband. Also, a lot of our excess possessions are his anyway, and he’s still stuck in the notion that he is his things. It’s a hard one for me as I’d happily give away all I own and start at zero and be mindful of what I bring in.

So there you go. Some mind-barf of things I’ve been thinking of late… I will likely be writing more about the book and thoughts I have about it and anything I’m able to implement into my own life. Let me know if you have any advice or suggestions on how to be more mindful in spending money and bringing things into your houses. And if you have any thoughts on how to encourage a hoarding partner to release stuff, DEFINITELY let me know. 😉

J x

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Podcast Episode 52 – More Socks!

Finished Objects

  • So Faded Pint Sized by Andrea Mowry, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Peachface Fingering in Amethyst, Mystic, Blushing Rose, Experiment #1 and Aubergine
  • Daily Eggs Socks, my project page
  • Must Stash Yarns Perfect Self-Striping Sock
  • Gingerbread Socks, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Glitzy Sock in Gingerbread House & Swindern Sock in Pink
  • First Edition sweater test knit by Dallas Ann Prentice AKA The Violet Pie, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Aubergine & Violet

Works in Progress

  • So Faded Pint Sized by Andrea Mowry, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Peachface Fingering in Amethyst, Mystic, Blushing Rose, Experiment #1 and Aubergine
  • Gingerbread Take II Socks, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Glitzy Sock in Gingerbread House & Swindern Sock in Pink
  • Festive Feet Socks, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Swindern Sock in Festive & Red

 

Podcast Episode 51 – Sock Mojo

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

  • Steamer Trunk Socks, my project page
  • Knit Picks Felici in Steamer Trunk
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circular
  • 366 yards / 335 metres

Works in Progress

  • First Edition sweater test knit by Dallas Ann Prentice AKA The Violet Pie, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Aubergine & Violet
  • 4.5mm (US 7) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables
  • Daily Eggs Socks, my project page
  • Must Stash Yarns Perfect Self-Striping Sock
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circular

Lovebird Lane Yarns News

  • Still three ‘Gingerbread House’ Christmas kits available in the shop
  • Gauging interest in a preorder for the Christmas self striping yarns – please comment below if you’re interested
  • Big sale at Lovebird Lane Yarns 24-26th November – up to 40% off!
  • New stitch marker sets listed in the shop
  • Looking at making overhauls in the shop next year; retiring some old colour ways and building a new range

Podcast Episode 50 – The Big 5-0!

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

  • First Edition sweater test knit by Dallas Ann Prentice AKA The Violet Pie, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Aubergine & Violet
  • 4.5mm (US 7) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables
  • Steamer Trunk Socks, my project page
  • Knit Picks Felici in Steamer Trunk
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circular
  • So Faded Pint Sized by Andrea Mowry, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Peachface Fingering in Amethyst, Mystic, Blushing Rose, Experiment #1 and Aubergine
  • 3.5mm (US 4) & 3.75mm (US 5) generic circulars and DPNs

Lovebird Lane News

  • Christmas Kits are forthcoming! Two options: Gingerbread Houses with ‘Festive’* self-striping or Rugged Up Woodlands with ‘Gingerbread House’* self-striping. Coordinating minis and stitch markers will be included along with two bag type options: drawstring or zipper. *Please note: my plan has changed since recording… the matches in the above paragraph are correct.

 

Podcast Episode 49 – A Weird and Wonderful Day

Housekeeping

Works in Progress

  • Second Solemate, my project page
  • Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Flushing
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars
  • Whitehorse by Caitlin Hunter, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Milky Way (limited edition discontinued base) in Nova
  • 3.5mm (US 4) & 4mm (US 6) circular needles (various)
  • First Edition sweater test knit by Dallas Ann Prentice AKA The Violet Pie, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Aubergine & Violet
  • 4.5mm (US 7) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables
  • Dormancy wrap test knit by Erin Kurup AKA Remade by Hand
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Peachface Fingering in Mystic
  • 3.75mm (US 5) generic circulars

Podcast Episode 48 – Bumbling

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

 

Podcast Episode 47 – Catch Up

Housekeeping

  • 2017 Stash Down going on in the Ravelry board
  • Our sponsors for the MAL so far are myself, Caroline of Clothesline Designs, Tamara of TamsCraftyKnits and Erin of Remade by Hand Designs
  • Please note that Tamara has closed her Etsy shop, she will still be selling on Facebook, more details will be forthcoming, check out her podcast for more details
  • Please contact me via Ravelry PM or at julieannec@mymuddlings.com if you’d like to sponsor a prize or go to PayPal to donate towards prizes
  • Winners of the Veronika Cardigan giveaway are announced

Finished Objects

  • Picnic Blanket Socks, my project page
  • Finch Yarns Sock Yarn in Blanket Proposal
  • 350 yards / 320 metres
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars
  • Sock, Valentine, my project page
  • Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Valentine
  • 306 yards / 280 metres
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars
  • Mini-Skein Cowl, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Mini-Skein Sets, Tonal & Variegated
  • 3.75mm (US 5) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables
  • Coloresque Test Knit by Erin Kurup, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Peachface Fingering in Shale and Riot
  • 855 yards / 782 metres
  • 3.75mm (US 5) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables

Works in Progress

Lovebird Lane News

  • Working on really finding my dyeing voice, trying out new dye techniques
  • Vending at the Project Eco Market on Saturday 26th August from 9am to 1pm