In the course of several months, or possibly years, my leftover yarns, sewing supplies and embroidery threads had become a horrible, tangled mess. You all know how it happens: one day you're in a rush, hurriedly fish out something you need from your sewing basket, which you never bother to return to its proper place. Before you know it, this becomes the tiny loose pebble that causes an avalanche of cumulative messy-tude.
My mess eventually reached the point where I couldn't ignore it anymore. So one day, I made an even bigger mess: I emptied every single box, bag, jar and container out on the floor (which took 2 seconds). Then I sorted and organized it all (which took over 2 days). It required some ruthlessness: I got rid of all old projects that were never going to go anywhere, and that couldn't be salvaged for some other use (Rebecca and the boys helped with the unravelling - they thought it was fun, and I was only too glad not to have to destroy something I myself had made).
I did keep a few unfinished projects that still have potential. Like these crochet squares:
What on earth did I make them for? I can't for the life of me remember, but perhaps they could become a hot water bottle cover (if your hot water bottle needs a cover, here are 20 free patterns). Or this huge crochet top, my Tunique Vintage:
I kept it, though I sincerely hope never to become that size, and need to finish it.
All the leftover yarns are now neatly organized in a wicker case (I'm thinking they'll end up in a poncho, like this one, at some point in the future).
Finally (for now, at least), I tackled my sewing box and the huge tangle of embroidery floss.
And would you have guessed it? That bit of neatness and order was all was needed to start a different kind of avalanche - an avalanche of new crafting projects in midst of winter weather.