I am a very good starter of things. I start projects like the ADHD (which I have genuinely being diagnosed with, as well as a mild case of OCD) person that I am. My concentration flits from one thing to another with astonishing ease and speed. As I’ve blogged about before, this results in a rather large number of WIPs.
I must, however, digress and tell you about my word for the year. My word for 2019 is less. Less everything. I’ve been decluttering for years, but toward the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 I really got stuck in and did some pretty brutal decluttering. Even my yarn stash wasn’t immune to my fervour. You see, 2018 was a dreadful year. My husband had an intestinal issued that nearly killed him, eight times. He had eight surgeries in four months. He spent nearly five months in ICU and most of the rest of the year in hospital and then a step-down facility. The doctors were quite astonished that he survived, and said it was quite miraculous. It felt like the year was out of control. I really got some practice in how to manage my feelings about being so totally out of control. I got to face the possibility of loss head on, and made friends with people who ended up not being as lucky as I was. And we really leaned on each other. I learned about the kindness of strangers, the disappointment in people I thought would be there and weren’t , but more importantly the huge number of people who were so incredibly kind and stepped up when I needed it most. Back to the decluttering. I think that with everything feeling so uncontrollable, I felt the need to exert some measure of being in charge of my life, so as a start I took control of my things.
Our home is pretty minimalist. Despite this, there was still a fair amount of stuff in cupboards, drawers and the store room. I was getting tired of it. It starts to feel like possessions own you and not you them. I got stuck into books, clothes, papers, yarn, absolutely everything. I first read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” and “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo, when they first came out in 2011 and 2012 respectively. They made an impact at the time and I started and stopped the process many times. During my decluttering I came to realise that there was a series based on her books on Netflix. I really enjoyed that, and the timing was simply perfect. It spurred me on further. All I have left is the kitchen and some sentimental items (which isn’t much at all) and I’m done. Having said that, I don’t think you’re ever completely done. You will likely revisit your things many times in your life, but the process gets easier, and the base from which you begin gets smaller. Decluttering yarn was pretty difficult. I’m generally not very materialistic and rarely get attached to stuff, but I really liked my yarn collection. I had to fess up to the fact that there were yarns in there, bought on impulse, I was never, ever going to use. Lovely though they may be, off they went. And I actually felt more motivated than ever afterward to use yarns in my stash for projects rather than buying new yarn.
So, with this being the year of less, I thought I could extend that to fewer WIPs too. Keep just a few WIPs about: one complex, one easy and portable for out and about, and one for the list of gifts I’ve made. And I’ve been pretty good. These are my first three finished projects for 2019, not bad for nearly the end of Feb. Furthermore they were all made with yarns from my stash: Win!
I’ve been battling a little with the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands (not to mention the lupus everywhere else), so there are a couple of lovely projects in the works, but they’re taking longer than I’d hoped, but hey, I’m doing better than expected.
Our evenings in Rosendal are beginning to cool, as are the early mornings. We are slowly but surely heading for winter, and I reckon it’ll be a cold one. Not a bad thing since it means cosy crochet in front of the fire. That sounds pretty awesome to me as the blanket projects come out then. Yay.