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This is my obligatory and customarily awkward first post in a new blog. I had all these clever and poignant musings about knitting as a spiritual practice that reveals the essential nature of the universe, but all that's been tossed aside in favor of babbling on about my BIRTHDAY PRESENT! My beloved Boo took me down to my favorite LYS (Village Knitters, review forthcoming)and let me choose a knitting class. I'm all signed up for the Color Workshop, where I'll be learning Fair Isle, intarsia, slip stitch colorwork "and more". I'm so excited! I've tried my hand at stranded knitting before, but I think it will be more successful and less prone to unintended kitty bondage if I have a little guidance and, y'know, fewer cats around.

Of course, a knitting class requires yarn with which to knit, and therefore I have been inspired to sort through my stash in search of the umptillion balls of Lion Brand wool I've got tucked away and hey! Since I'm going through my stash anyhow and I've just signed up at Ravelry, I really should organise my stash, with photos and everything!

I started last night by dragging in the seven large off-brand Rubbermaid-style bins that keep my yarns safe from the rattlesnakes, mice, and wild turkeys that make regular tours of my garage. I've labeled the bins "yarn 1" through "yarn 6", bin 7 being reserved for WIPs, things to be frogged, things to be untangled, and things to be burned lest my occasional lapses of sanity are discovered. (Electric blue and acid green arm warmers? Really?) I managed to get half of bin 1 sorted and stashed within a little over an hour. I still have to go back and add photos, but I think the extra effort will be well worth it. I love the ability to look at pics and descriptions of my yarns in one place, rather than having to heft about a bunch of bins and rootle through them like a prize pig snuffling out truffles.

Oh, and that half bin? Yielded 26 different yarns, my friends, many with multiple skeins. I'm simultaneously gleefully amazed and a little embarrassed at how much yarn I have. In my defense, I lucked out by starting with the bin that holds most of my small, "fancy" yarn. Most of the other bins are full of cheap, often super bulky workhorse yarns from Patons and Lion Brand. Still, this sorting project has led to the declaration that I'm now going to work through my stash before I bring home new yarns. The Boo is tactfully grateful and even pointed out that she has even more art supplies than I do fiber-related stuff. Neither of us mentioned that she's an art and graphic design student whereas I am just a fiber whore who keeps dragging home shinies for the hoard. At least my pile of pretties is cozier to sleep on than poor old Smaug's.

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