When I started this inventory project, I thought it might be a bit tedious, but that was okay. I'd had a rough week (there will be a full report on the REMEDIATION soon), and I deluded myself into thinking that taking inventory might actually be soothing in a way....
After all, it's a simple task. The steps are all small. No higher math skills are required. And frankly, with the tiniest bit of forethought and planning, it wouldn't even take extended concentration.
This idea is the work of the devil. I'm well past the 1/2 way mark for the entire inventory (and even noticeably past the halfway mark on the dpns), so stopping now would be wasteful and disheartening. But Boy Howdy will I be glad when this project is over! It's crazy making.
I was pretty sane about the whole circular needle inventory. Really. I gathered the mess, I sorted by size, and I tackled one size at a time -- counted em up, updated the count on Ravelry, and popped 'em into their binder sleeves. Easy Peasy.
It won't take much to do the straight needle inventory, since I only own about 6 sets of straight needles. (And frankly, if I don't have their inventory I dont' really care since I use them about once every three years.
But the dpn inventory has taken me over the edge.
Perhaps it was having to check each and every needle with the needle gauge.
Perhaps it was the consistency with which I'd find one needle in a sleeve that clearly did not belong there.
Perhaps it was the frustration of verifying that any given set really did have all five, only to realize that if I popped them back in their sleeve, they'd get all mixed up again....but I found myself making little sleeves for every set of needles for which the original sleeve was missing.
Seriously -- as of this posting, every set of dpns US Size 7 (4.5mm) or smaller has been carefully wrapped in a little sleeve made of printer paper and scotch tape and labeled with the needle manufacturer, the size in both mm and US sizing, the length of the needle, and the number of needles in the set (they come in 4 or 5, but some folks give you a spare, leaving 6). I'm beginning to wonder if I should market these things (in something more durable than printer paper).
I even made those little packets for the ones that I know I'll be offering up for sale -- I figure it will make it easier to locate a given set, and pre-protects them a little for future shipping. Since I no longer use 8" needles, I'll be offering almost all of them up for sale. Ditto the sets of 4 (I really prefer using 5). When I've finished wrapping all stick like objects in the house in little paper sleeves, I'll post the list.
Wait, is that a ball point pen? Do we have others that color? I'll make up a set.....