Amusing product note: Kodak is advertising black and white film, for nostalgia purposes. They even have a single use black and white camera out. I just read that more digital photos than film photos are being taken, so is a black and white digital camera the next step?
This has been a remarkably quiet week. I even managed to get home from work early two nights. Sadly, that doesn't mean that I accomplished much towards decluttering my apartment. I have been making progress on cataloguing my library - only 11 shelves to go. That's not counting the unread stack, though. I weed out as I catalogue, so there's also a stack of things to reread and determine the merits of. I'm trying to get down to 2500 books. Since I have about 3300 catalogued already (the vast majority of which are in 40 or so boxes in my den), that's obviously going to take a while.
The other major decluttering chore involves craft supplies. I have tons of yarn. And I need a new winter hat. Those two facts should suggest one thing to do with some of the yarn. I do need to expand my knitting skills in two areas. I'm great with pattern stitches and cables and the like, but I've never done any multi-colored knitting and I've never done any knitting in the round. I saw a wonderful pattern for a hat done in something called entrelac, which involves little diamonds of various colors and it's the first time I've ever actually been puzzled by a knitting pattern. I think that, in the meantime, I'm going to try a bit of multi-colored work (jacquard type) and do a sort of combination scarf/hood sort of thing. The non-jacquard parts of it will be boring, but should work up quickly enough. And maybe I'll attempt a little ribbed hat with this ball of mohair that seems to have appeared from nowhere. It may have come from my mother's stash, as she has pretty much given up knitting aside from a baby sweater here and there.
At any rate, the basic theme is that I'm feeling oppressed by owning too much stuff, but I'm trying to do something about it. That's the thing that I don't understand about so many people I know. They complain about something or other in their lives, but they're entirely unwilling to take any action. I understand that it can be hard to figure out where to start, but surely one should at least take some step to research that? What am I missing?
Copyright 2003 Miriam H. Nadel