Last night at knit group, my friend K brought in a small stack of crafting magazines to give away. “I’ve read them,” she said, “and I’m done with them now.”
In her stack was the recent “Red” issue of Piecework and the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Knits. I snapped up Piecework immediately (I love the historical articles) and would have contended for the other…except I already had my own copy at home.
It’s very hard to bring myself to give away crafting magazines. Each one is full of project ideas, technique instructions, gorgeous pictures, and interesting stories. In giving one of my precious magazines away, I feel I am giving away the ideas, beauty and learning that are inside them too.
This is how one becomes a hoarder. Simple objects become engorged with meaning and emotion and you lose your ability to treat them like objects any more.
I won’t let this happen to me. However painful it might be, I must follow in K’s footsteps. I must make a habit of purging my magazines on a regular basis. When new magazines come in each quarter (most are quarterly) I shall review my collection and choose which ones must go. I must let go of my fear that, someday, I will regret the loss of a magazine, that there will be some pattern or some article in it I would have found valuable, if only I hadn’t jettisoned it in a fit of anti-hoarding fever.
No single magazine is worth it.
Besides, if I really need the magazine back again, I can download a copy to my iPad. That doesn’t take any physical space at all…