Stop me before I shop again!
No, it's not yarn (though that too is a bit scary). It's patterns.
I decided to clean up this alarming tower of paper that has formed from the stack of patterns I've downloaded and printed, or bought, or copied from my books so that I'd be able to make notes on them, thinking that they'd be knit sometime soon. I'm logging them in a spreadsheet because I discovered that I'd printed some more than once. The list of patterns I've logged so far (not counting ones I've flagged in the magazines, or ones in books that are in my longer term queue, or pattern booklets I've bought) exceeds life expectancy, and I'm not done yet. I mean, we're well past 100, and the pile next to me is still a good 3" tall, and the pile over there on the bookcase is taller still.... and the ones in the binders haven't been broached and...
I have enough sock pattern to use up all the sock yarn I've amassed. Maybe more. But I rarely actually knit a sock from a pattern .... I start out and just sort of ... knit them. (Oh, if ONLY I'd written up a pattern for every sock I'd knit!)
I have enough shawl patterns (remember these mostly don't count the ones in books) to use up twice the lace yarn I own. And the lace yarn stash -- totally SABLE.* And I'm designing those now too.
I don't knit hats, really. And yet, I seem to have quite a plethora of cute hat patterns all printed out ready to go.
And worse yet -- my Ravelry Queue has all sorts of designs in it for which I do not yet own the patterns.
And I have a bunch of folders with my notes for more designs I'm working on ....
I thought this cute little desktop file folder holder would be sufficient.
Sigh. They're in folders now, but it's hard to see the folder labels -- the flaps the sleeves have on them to enable you to use a three ring binder are sort of in the way. Do I get more binders? or a small filing cabinet? It's nuts. NUTS I tell you.
I have them sorted, sort of:
There's a folder labeled USO: Next in Queue (for Unstarted Objects). There are "only" six patterns in that folder.
There is a set of folders for Second Tier Queue Items (one each for sweaters, shawls, socks and mitts). Those folders hold patterns for approximately two dozen projects.
Then there are the other folders, chock full of another hundred patterns... so far.
Who let all these pattern into my house??? And WHY.... why why why do they not correspond in any meaningful way with the yarn I have in my house?
And no, I don't think I will be entering them all into my Ravelry Queue thank you. Not until there's a way to upload a list!
Anyone else have this sort of pattern explosion problem?
*Stash Acquired Exceeds Life Expectancy