I started out by doing another Rainbow FO day, but decided to put a little thought into it this time. I want to keep the pretty, joyous stuff, yes, but also the ones which work, with my lifestyle and wardrobe.
I haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book yet, but all the reviews and media frenzy it has generated have convinced me that I must; not for guidance but for vindication. I confess I’m the type of person who is quite horror-struck at the amount of stuff the knitting world thinks necessary – a boundless stash, millions of dinky stitch markers, multiples of every needle size. At least – this was the case a few years ago when I first discovered knitters online; now, I’m happy to note, a more thoughtful buying pattern seems to be setting in.
Of course, everyone must decide on their own level of comfort with stuff. And we all have our own ideas of the ideal, hardworking wardrobe. For some, this may be a cool, stark palette of neutrals, but I confess that the very idea makes me shudder because I love colour. But I realise that a clown vomit wardrobe is a bit useless, which is particularly galling to someone like myself who loves being a product knitter.
I want knits I can wear (even if only in a specific season), which warm me in the way I like (no elbow-sleeved woolies), which work. I want to keep the ones which spark joy, decide which ones can be tweaked, and which ones to bid farewell.
So I piled up all my laceweight to dk weight FOs:
And my worsted to bulky weight ones:
And also my accessories:
Join me as I sort through them over in posts over the next couple of weeks, deciding what to keep and what to give away!
PS: I should add, I’ve already finished the culling in a single afternoon, and am only posting about it in stages. I don’t recommend lingering over this process because that’s the beginning of emotional attachment to stuff.