As we get closer to April, the reality that I will soon be looking for a new apartment closer to work is starting to sink in. I’m very excited about living in a new place and being closer to work. The packing and moving part, however, is less than exciting.
In an effort to make the packing part less stressful, I have begun to start going through everything I have accumulated during the 3 1/2 years I have lived in my current apartment. Tonight’s activity? Cleaning out the yarn cabinet.
I have always been jealous of the large amount of yarn my knitting buddies have but I have to admit that, while going through my own yarn and getting it packed up, I was very grateful that the size of my stash is a small fraction of the size of others I know. Even so, it was still a lot to go through.
It’s amazing how going through my yarn was an indicator of a way that I have grown since I first moved to NH 3 1/2 years ago. When I came here in August 2007, I wasn’t even knitting. I had learned as a child, but hadn’t knitted in at least 20 years. It wasn’t until two months after moving here that I started knitting again. And it wasn’t until a few months later, in March of 2008, that I joined the knitting group. In fact, St.Patrick’s Day will be the three year anniversary of me joining the knitting group. I still remember that night and who was there!
Going through my stash now, I can easily identify which yarns I bought when I was first starting to knit again and which were purchased later, after I had been properly “educated” about yarn by my knitting buddies!
After the yarn was packed away, I turned to my books. As you can guess, a librarian has no shortage of those!
Among the books I found was one that brought back a lot of memories. It was “Things I Learned from Knitting” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot). I got this book when I went on my first trip to Webs with some of the knitting buds. We went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee speak, although at that point I had no idea who this woman was! I remember that day so well because I was still a newbie to the group and still didn’t know everyone that well. I think only four of us went, but it was a great chance for me to get to know a few members of the group better (and for them to get to know me!). And I still remember very well how, at lunch, someone was not very happy because her noodles were not as crunchy as they were supposed to be!
So the yarn is now packed away, as are many of my books. Still a lot to go, but if I do it in small chunks over the next several weeks it won’t be too overwhelming. Packing may be a pain, but I am definitely enjoying the memories that come along with it.