Weaving Straw into Gold

At first, of course, it is a matter of pulling out the obvious trash — from an irreparable broken lounger to the ossified candies stuck inside old pocketbooks — and expending the necessary energy to get it all to the dump.  When that is done, it is a huge relief.

After that, antennae tun to finding way stations — from resale shops to libraries, rummage sales, a theater prop department, craft guilds — for all the usable clutter.  There is pure joy in the detective work to find folks willing to re-sort and recycle my clutter.

Up another level, it is supremely sweet when a friend or a neighbor needs something and we have it to give: furniture for an empty room, extra craft supplies for children’s therapy program, a cake pan for a friend who doesn’t have one…

But the very best joy is when I can pull from my wealth of saved yarn the perfect one to knit an answer to a friend’s request.  It is especially sweet when that yarn proved inadequate for three previous projects….

I’m making a scarf for a sale to help a family dealing with a terminal illness.

I’m weaving my yarn into the hope of some gold.

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Author: American Declutterer

I've had three careers, moved among thirteen states, and cleared four houses after loved ones moved on. Sometimes you just have to look at all the stuff and laugh. Then get back to discarding.

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