A little over a year ago I made a Batman Tissue Box Cover.  It was pretty popular in my house, until my sister came from out of town and wanted it so bad I gave it to her.  Then I was left with boring Kleenex.  Some people even asked why my Kleenex was no longer cool? With a craft show coming up at the end of this month, I decided to pop out a few of those Batman covers to sell.  But I also wanted to have some covers for girls (not all girls are into Batman...I know, right?).  

At the spring craft show earlier this year, I had this cushion for sale.  It was white with a pink and purple owl on it and my daughter (a.k.a. craft show assistant salesperson) adored it.  Actually I had two of them with those exact colours.  I promised her that if there was one left at the end of the weekend, she could have it. Sadly (for her), they sold quickly, as did all of the other owl cushions I'd made.  Apparently, I'm not the only one who likes owls...





I make lists for everything, at work and at home.  My main list is simply titled "To do" and is always saved on my little R2-D2 usb drive.  I often add timelines to certain tasks, and sometimes make a separate to-do list of things that need to be done that week.  One thing that has been on my list since November was to organize my yarn.  Well, I finally did it. 
I wish I had taken more photos of my yarn in its disorganized state to show you as before pictures, but all I have is this snapshot (right) of a very tiny portion of it.  The rest was in boxes and bins, in the bottom of closets, in cupboards in my laundry room, even in my garage.  There was no organization to it at all, so you can imagine my frustration when I would be looking for a certain type, knowing that I must have it, but simply unable to find it.

I knew what I had to do.  I just didn't know how long it would take.  I knew I had to do it when the kids weren't around because this wouldn't be the type of project you can put on pause once you've started.

So on Sunday, 2 weeks ago, after the kids left for their dad's place,  I gathered up all my yarn and lugged it upstairs to my living room.  I found myself a spot in the middle of it all, put some original series Star Trek on the tube, and got to it.
On Day 3 of Operation: Yarn, I finally saw hope.  The end was near.  I had first separated all of my yarn by weight: fine, worsted & bulky (I wasn't about to go into categories like sport, dk, super bulky, etc.).   Then for each weight of yarn, I sorted it all by colour.  This left for many small piles all over the living room. (Many of which are behind where Señor was standing to take the photo picture above.)

In a separate pile, I had all of the balls of yarn that I am keeping for larger or special projects.  This included the more pricey skeins and anything that I had A LOT of in the exact same colour/dye lot.

It was finally time to box everything up.  I found boxes and bins and pails and I stored all of my wonderfully organized yarn in them keeping them separated by weight & colour.  They now all fit neatly stacked in the closet of my spare room, adorned with ugly but very practical masking tape labels :) Mission: complete.
During this time, Señor was busy doing prep work and correction for his classes so he pretty much stayed in the bedroom the whole first night.

On Day 2 of Operation: Yarn, Señor ventured out of the bedroom to find me sitting in the middle of a few piles (pictured: left).  He burst out laughing and ran to get the camera, which is the only reason why I have a photo of the "in progress" to show you.  I was so determined to finish on Day 2, there was no way I was stopping to pick up my camera. (Yes, that's a bowl of candy canes on the coffee table.  I'll stop for a candy cane...)
Sometimes I like to give tree ornaments as gifts during the holidays.  I like to wrap up a present, decorate the box with a ribbon, make curls with the tails, then tie them around the loop of a tree ornament.  This way, instead of a bow the recipient of this gift will eventually throw out (after they're done sticking it to their hair, sweater, other people's sweater, etc.) they get an ornament they can keep and use.   The downside to this is that a bag of 50 bows will run you about 2$, whereas a single ornament can cost up to 20$!  (That's Hallmark wallet raping you, in case you didn't know.)

The solution? Make your own ornaments.  This particular ornament is for that yarn lover (or even cat lover?) on your list.

I came across this knitting spool at Michael's a few months ago, and it brought back a flood of memories.  My grandmother used to use one of these, and taught me how when I was about 10yrs old.  Well, she didn't use one exactly like this.  Hers was homemade. 

If you like to make projects with knitting spools, it makes sense to have more than one, this way you can alternate projects without having to remove your work from the current spool.  Making your own is cheap and easy.  All you need are nails, a hammer and you guessed it...a spool!