Anyway, comparing my house with some of the "after" pictures and the well-staged homes I've seen at open houses and in pictures online, I realized that my yarn stash is definitely not helping and needs to be relocated. I find this pretty painful because I have an overly sentimental view of the yarn. Last summer it was basically what kept me from having a total breakdown and losing it completely. I have friends, I have family, they love and support me and did their best, but in the end
It really was cool, though, I thought. Here's what it looked like.
I haven't finished the bookshelf area you see in the first picture, but the rest is gone. And all is not lost--I'm taking it to work to try to alleviate the beigeness there.
Meanwhile, as I was trying to get everything tidy and impersonal, my unfinished hat stood out as something a stager would remove. Here's where we left it in April.
That hat has been sitting around waiting to have six stitches bound off and a seam sewn down the back ever since. What was my problem? Aside from laziness, I couldn't remember how to bind off, and I didn't have a plan for how the heck to sew the seam with this big fat yarn. So last night I looked up how to bind off, which is really so simple, and I decided to crochet the seam. It's not the most elegant way to do it, but it worked out fine. Next time I'd probably use a different yarn--something more normal and thinner in similar colors--and sew the seam. Duh, but I didn't think of that until after I had already finished. Somehow I felt like I should be dissatisfied with it and undo it and redo it some sleeker way--I guess I've been reading too much Yarn Harlot--but I'm tired of being a perfectionist. I like the hat how it is, it fits my head nicely, and I'm planning to keep it, so there is absolutely no reason why it can't stay exactly as it is.
In other news, my head is apparently the same size as a small lamp shade.