Get the knitting bag streamed down even more. Less stuff, less worry.
- Buy less, use what you have. Wash an old canvas shopping tote that you used for shopping for groceries. Use as a knit bag. Use cleaned up pencil bags for DPNs, Use clean produce bags, make up bags or , purses, clutches you never use for project bags. Try to keep things down to 3 or less as far as working on several projects as once. I have a plan to buy only $25 worth of knitting needles this year. Of course I always want more!
- Buy used and yard sale craft supplies. Don’t buy it because it’s cheap as the main reason. You don’t want to hoard things. Have self discipline and buy what you need and is good quality. Buy vintage things made in your country. I like to check out Etsy for vintage supplies and wool yarn items under $10.
- Hand-me-downs are great! Half my stuff comes from my mother. Ask your mother or grandmother if they have any supplies they don’t want anymore.
- Choose 1 or 2 things you like and keep the yarn down to 1 or 2 weights. For instance my favorite is sock knitting and fingerless gloves. Make everything in Fingering and Sport Weight. If I wanted to I can use a crochet hook or double the yarn. It cuts your supplies down to a fraction.
- Don’t buy books. Give them away or donate them. Buy the digital patterns or ebooks. Better yet, know where to get free patterns. I have downloaded over 100 or more to my PC. I keep them in 2 places. Patterns are in my hard drive files and also in a cloud storage space. Just in case there is a problem with one. To keep off off electronics, I occasionally print some and keep them in a 3 hole binder if I am working on something. I only have so much space and have to throw away what I am not using if it gets too thick. It’s hard and it feels like I am having a funeral for the patterns I have to throw out! LOL!
- I like the way straight needles look but they are hard to store. I put them all in a rectangular tin (a Scottish whisky tin from a yard sale) and I hardly use them. Circular needles are great alternatives even for flat knitting. I have so many now. I have another tin (it had cookies) that is round that I put them in. I have a cheap pouch with a pretty pattern that I keep the ones I use the most. I think I am down to 7 now. I have some longer bamboo DPNs that I can use as straight needles. I use red, blue and orange rubber bands for end stoppers. Everything I don’t use goes in the round or rectangular tin but not in my knitting bag.
- Yarn goes in an upcycled purse. I haven’t been buying any acrylic or polyester yarn and I stopped buying worsted and aran weight. I only bought a little bit of chunky yarn but I am in a warm climate area and that is something we hardly really need. I already made lots of beanies and berets and market bags so I don’t need any more of those. That is another thing, buy yarn in colors that will go through multiple seasons and match with other clothes you have.
- Be goal oriented. Make items you are going to wear or gift in a nice yarn that was made in your country and is eco-friendly. You will treat the yarn and project like gold and buy less because it was harder to get. Don’t be afraid to frog it if you don’t love it. I keep the ends unwoven and loose until I test it out and see if I want to keep it. Socks are always needed by my or my family and take less space. I still don’t get the shawl thing but if you want to make one, go for it. But it makes sense that it be something you use often and not just sit in a closet.
I’m not perfect. I have made a lot of mistakes. I still have a lot of beanies and a lot of acrylic yarn I want to use up. I would feel better if everything were in just one bag and it was a small one that I can take anywhere. I’m trying though. I hope it happens soon!
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Also check out my new Pinterest Board called “Poverty Knitting”