I've been keeping a migraine at bay for the last couple of days, so decided not to go to my usual exercise class and have a quiet evening at home instead. It started by listening to the radio while I cut all the buttons off a t-shirt I'm getting rid of...
There were quite a few! I just couldn't bring myself to put them in the bin though, and the t-shirt wasn't really suitable for passing on to a charity shop. They're so pretty!
I've been thinking a little about my yarn stash and why it's there, and I think the root is that I like to be prepared. You just never know when I'll need that particular colour and weight of yarn, or when I'll want to rustle up a quick novelty scarf (ok - perhaps not the scarf!)
I also have a small library of books I might want to read again, CDs I may listen to, and countless other sets of craft materials which may come in handy. The buttons are the same. I know many people will have bigger button boxes than me (women mainly, since of course men collect nails and washers instead) but I still have a collection of buttons which I don't know I'll ever use. But that's just it - I don't know... and if I throw them out then I know I'll need to use them the very next day.
So I spent a relaxed half hour this evening painstakingly snipping away each of these pretty buttons to save them from the bin. Now I just need to find a project to make use of them... and hope I've got the yarn to match!
As far as the stash-busting goes though... the BSJ is coming on well:
But I am enjoying the Chinook Scarf:
I weighed the remaining yarn this evening and there was 75g, so that means I'm about a quarter of the way in to this. The colour's somewhere between these two pictures, but I guess that's the joy of taking photos during a Cumbrian winter. No daylight to be had!