Who needs directions?

15 Jan

I decided to reorganize my yarn stash over Winter Break.

You might be thinking, Big whoop! She moved around some yarn.  What you might not understand is that knitting, like reading, can be aspirational. I have patterns and yarns I’ve never knit, just as I have books sitting around that I have yet to read.

This reorganization was serious and required new furniture. So, naturally, I turned to IKEA. Knowing the limitations of my strength and my desire to stay home, I ordered the perfect shelving unit – an eight square Kallax . You might have seen it before. Heck, you might even have one.

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When it arrived, I pulled everything out, sorted them by shape and function and set the instruction booklet in a safe place. I assembled the exterior frame and stood back to admire my work. That’s when I realized I should have looked at the instruction book.

With the frame assembled, there was no way to insert the shelves. My heart sank and I went to fetch the instruction book. I disassembled the frame and started on page one.

It all worked out in the end, but I hope I have learned from this mistake. Whether I do or not, I now have a nicely organized yarn stash.

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9 Responses to “Who needs directions?”

  1. arjeha January 15, 2019 at 6:29 am #

    This made me laugh. Who hasn’t put instructions aside and just started in assembling. Instructions are just for armatures. I just put a cat tower together and only half read the directions. Needless to say, I had to dismantle and start over.

  2. Mukhamani January 15, 2019 at 6:30 am #

    Thant looks very nice and I too do the same mistake and promise myself I would never do it again 🙂

  3. sallydonnelly11 January 15, 2019 at 10:02 am #

    I love how you humbly admit the ups and downs to storing yarn. Loved the added photos, too.

  4. writekimwrite January 15, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Hummmm…this sounds so familiar! 🙂 I am the creative, intuitive type BUT I have learned there are some endeavors where this is not a strength! Now that your yarn is organized I trust it will lead you to the completion of a beautiful project.

  5. terierrol January 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    I know sometimes I too just think I know what, how to do something! Thanks for the reminder to slow down and read the directions!

  6. dmsherriff January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm #

    I could have written this slice (I would not have been organizing yarn, though ;)! I am guilty of “jumping the gun” many times – whether it’s reading directions, or worse sometimes assuming things before I get the whole story! Now, you slice as evidence, we know it all always works out! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lisa Corbett January 16, 2019 at 3:36 am #

    Haha! I was expecting a much larger stash, and another trip to IKEA for a second shelf. My fabric stash takes up a room. I really should be making more time to sew. :).

    • Adrienne January 16, 2019 at 5:29 am #

      I have a completely different set up for my stash of leftovers!

  8. Brian Rozinsky January 16, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    Winning analogy between knitting and reading aspirations. Happy to see you now have a good spot for your to-knit pile!

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