Ever thrown out scraps of stuff only to regret it?
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What have you tossed?
Sadly, I'm not very good at discarding anything that might be potentially useful. I think it comes of having a Depression-era packrat dad, who very cleverly made things with scraps of wood and hardware. Except I accumulate fiber-y things. I have a new strategy that seems to help a little. I remind myself that I cannot have everything. I do not even have to have everything that is interesting/pretty/soft/unusual. It's ok if someone else has it. And then I ask myself: do I want to keep this because I like it and have ideas for using it? or do I have this because I think I should have it, just in case? If the latter, I try to be very brave and get rid of it.
Um - I guess I haven't answered the question. I know I've passed along yarn that I later thought of a use for. And I've given away knitting needles I liked to friends I was teaching to knit, then felt I should have given them others instead. Once a friend admired a scarf I was knitting, and, pleased, I told her she could have it when it was done (even though I sort of wanted it) - it looks better on her, though, and she's a dear friend so I don't regret giving it to her.
Sometimes I think I sabotage myself with a perfect idea for something, after it leaves the house. Then nothing is allowed to go for quite some time. I think for me the process of deciding what to toss and what can be used gives rise to the creative- well, I could use it with.....
Scraps of stuff is exactly what I am missing now. I just had a major clear-out when i reorganized my work area. Of course I need just a few bits to sample with before I buy enough for the full project. I don't need the contact paper yet though, tossed that out.
The worst things I have lost though, were when someone else decided I didn't really mean to keep all that 'junk'. I still keep looking for squirreled items from years ago that were thrown out in a move.
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