I live in South Carolina, and we've had a lot of flooding in our area. While we were extremely lucky to be spared, the events were nerve wracking and distracting. I did a lot of weaving over the weekend while the rain was coming down and we were housebound for four days. I must have needed soothing.
It was very reassuring to see Jane writing about (what I call) the "Magpie" problem. It's not just something that I do! I get easily distracted by pretty things on the one hand, and make impulse buys in yarn shops or fabric stores. In addition, when I have a specific plan, I have also spent too many hours either driving around or internet shopping for supplies. We moved four years ago, and although that might have provided the occasion for a cleaning out of my studio, the move was made so quickly that I just packed everything as fast as I could. Yes, my fabrics, notions and yarns are all in plastic bins now, but now I have trouble finding things. In July, I did some cataloguing, and labeled the outside of the bins, but did not get rid of much. This is my weak spot.
As I think about the two studio rules, I know that these will be helpful. I had already started with "Use what is here." In the past five or six months, I have been weaving out of my stash. Our weaving study group took a video workshop about making mixed warps with novelty yarns, and since then I have been motivated and had the information about how to use up some of the odd skeins of novelty and knitting yarns that I have accumulated over the years. Some of these efforts have turned out very nicely. I have been making some combinations with thicker yarns so some of the work is weaving up more quickly. I am using up some yarns that I purchased 20 or so years ago, as well as some others that are newer (past 4-5 years). The pictures enclosed in the email are my recent weavings. The first is a "Saori" style scarf with one of those mixed warps, in progress and just placed down at the Gallery last week. (4.1 and 4.2). Those three skeins of lovely hand dyed rayon knitting yarn will make 4 scarves, with the addition of other yarns for weft and accent yarns! Here they are in two color ways, one finished, and the second in progress.(4.3 and 4.4) I was working on this one this week. The next two pictures (4.5 and 4.6) is the work I was doing this weekend, choosing the yarns, making the calculations, winding the mixed warp, and starting to weave while it was pouring outside. I also have made discoveries of yarns that have led to me muse to myself"what was I thinking when I bought that." Those will be the ones to go as I start the clean out.
But I am still in trouble with rule #1 "getting rid of things". I thought about it while I was weaving, got motivated, and even started with two plastic bins of fabric. I identified the yarns in the closet that will be on the go list. But I feel like an alcoholic in the "contemplation stage" of change. I can think about doing it, but I can't yet make it happen. I began with one fabric bin earlier in the week, and about 5 minute in I started setting things aside to keep. I have trouble being ruthless enough, and I get sideswiped by memories. I came across a piece of fabric with my Dad’s name and address on it; it was the wrapper when something was delivered to him from overseas. I had thought to use it somehow in a memorial piece, so I haven't parted with it. Still could not that morning. Three other fat quarters I was sure had to go, but right before I left for work I moved them back to the keep pile.
This is going to take a while.