In which I attempt to overcome entropy

Sunday, I finished the “Panoply of Neutrals” basket, and in the wake of that achievement, I found myself unable to ignore the entropy that had subsumed my office/dining room.

With the official start of crochet season for my annual North Carolina State Fair project just a few weeks away, today I felt that I could no longer put off organizing my space and materials so that I would know what I had to work with for the upcoming event.

I decided to start with something on the small side so that I could achieve something approximating instant gratification. With that in mind, I selected this bin of yarn for my first efforts:

A messy bin in need of organizing
A messy bin in need of organizing

The bin contained full skeins that needed to be put away in some other receptacle as well as a number of partial skeins that needed to be wound into balls for easier use at a later time. After an hour or more of winding and sorting I finally had the bin in better order:

Order is restored to the bin
Order is restored to the bin

Getting the bin in better order gave me the confidence and momentum I needed to tackle what had originally been a two-tiered rolling clothes hamper, but which now housed random skeins of yarn in no particular order in the top, and a massive tangle of yarn and crocheted pieces in the bottom:

Yarn in need of organizing
Yarn in need of organizing

After another ninety minutes spent sorting skeins of yarn and winding them (as needed) into balls of yarn, the double decker rolling bin had been transformed into this:

The rolling cart is more ordered
The rolling cart is more ordered

and I had recovered nine three-round granny squares begun as a scrap experiment:

Nine three-round granny squares
Nine three-round granny squares

I still have a lot of work to do between now and August 1. There is yarn to be untangled and a project to be designed, but having taken these two baby steps forward, I think I just might make it.

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