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111  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 21, 2012 02:38:42 PM
Yay!  Just finished weaving in the ends on yet another giant granny square for a church collection. (Those of you who have followed the thread in the past may remember previous ones).  The problem is that the yarn wasn't actually in my stash at the beginning of the year.  Grampap found a bunch of yarn at the goodwill and kind of threw it in my direction, so in order to get enough coordinating yarn for this I had to actually buy yarn.  Just one skein, though, and I used up at least half of it.  But it still added to stash.  Cry

Anywho, enough with the grumping and on to the pictures.  Et voila!

After Dinner Mints by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a close-up, because I like the way it turned out.  You can play "Spot the Variegated" if you like.

After Dinner Mints by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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112  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 20, 2012 10:26:31 AM
Sorry to hear about your missing package, Milady. The post office can be terribly frustrating at times.

So, can I ask your collective opinion about the best use for some yarn in my stash?  I've got 2 skeins of Knitpicks Imagination in Pirate King, which I love, and was originally planning on using for a linen stitch scarf.  But as I'm knitting  it seems a bit too busy, or something's just not right that I can't quite put my finger on.  So please tell me if you prefer it in linen stitch or in stockinette (or the right or left sample if jargon isn't your thing).

Indecision by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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113  Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 13, 2012 11:54:53 AM
I'm going to quietly lurk along with you guys, if you don't mind.  I have no hope of getting 12 quilts done this year, but I can aim for six.  I just finished my first:

Emma's Quilt - Front by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I had the same problem with the backing bunching up no matter how many pins I used, so I ended up unpicking the quilting and re-basting it with spray.  It worked so much better.  I don't have a walking foot either, so I kind of rely on the crinkly effect from the shrinkage to hide some of my mistakes.
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114  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 13, 2012 11:50:50 AM
Those booties are so cute!

I finally have something to show for myself.  I started this back in January but took time off from DeStashing to make a quilt (the batting's from stash, but I'm not sure that counts).  Two more skeins out!

Staggered Rib Scarf by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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115  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 31, 2012 02:29:47 PM
February Themes

deep red wool by simplyla, on Flickr

Color: Red
Pattern: polka-dots
For: A loved one, BFF, or your significant other.
Challenge: Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion your stash (by numbers or volume, it's up to you). Perhaps you can make a dent in it this month.
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116  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 31, 2012 01:43:38 PM
Kookaloo_Starr  I love the idea of the Leaning Tower of Yarnia.  I've just got the yarn cave that lives under my bed.

that1girl  Such cute mini books!  I may be stealing the idea for this years' Valentines.

ysmeine  Neat weaving.  I've never seen it used for bracelets before.

taramor  Those socks look so cozy.

And a few things to add to my measly January DeStash List.

A dozen of these, made as party favors for my grandmother's 81st birthday tea-party.  There were little heart bookmarks that slipped over the back, but I didn't get a picture of those.

And a bookmark that I used as a gift-bow type thing on her birthday present.

So in January I managed to use:
4 skeins of yarn (which were given away as late Christmas presents) 1 skein that was destroyed by moths and 1 skein that was immediately frogged and therefore doesn't count, 7 sheets of scrapbook paper, and 4 sheets of cardstock.

I ended up with 2 more yards of fabric in my stash and one extra ball of yarn.  But then I visited my grandparents, and I swear every one of their friends who knows that I like to craft cleans out their closets when I'm there and I have to take it with me (Have you ever tried saying no to little old Italian ladies trying to give things away?  It can't be done).  So I now have three extra grocery sacks of yarn, and a zillion fat quarters that I'm not quite sure how to use.
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117  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 14, 2012 07:27:01 PM
Quick crafting night - I was working on invitations to my grandmother's 81st birthday party later this month, and used up three sheets of cardstock and four sheets of scrap-book paper.  Not a huge amount, but every little bit helps.

A few of the envelopes:

And hey!  They are white, and have stripes.  I think this is the first time I've ever actually used any of the themes in my many years of de-stashing.

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118  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2011 04:17:21 PM
I'm going to go ahead and post the January Themes for those of you who want to get a head start on planning!

Vintage Button Box by 'Playingwithbrushes', on Flickr

Color: White
Pattern: Stripes
For: After all the holiday mayhem, you deserve something for yourself.
Challenge: It's time to take stock of your stash. Spend some time looking at what you have, and maybe make some goals for the coming year.
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119  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 30, 2011 02:05:32 PM
You're quite welcome!  Perhaps I'll be more active here now that I'm out of school and under-employed. 

Doing some last minute picture taking to finish out the year.  I keep finding things that I've made and forgotten about.

Tissue cozies:


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120  2012 DeStash-Along (*Closed*) in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 30, 2011 01:08:44 PM

Stashes!  We all have them.  For some they are a source of pride.  Others might find them a bit overwhelming.  They can baffle the non-crafters in your life.  But the myriad of supplies you have gathered over the years through careful planning, impulse buys, and odd acquisitions that you can't quite explain should be inspiring.  

If you want to be a frugal crafter in 2012, are getting a bit overwhelmed by all your treasures, or simply need some extra motivation to finally use the five million beads stored away in the hall closet, this is the craftalong for you.  Whatever your stash, be it yarn, fabric, thread, cupcake liners, or rebar, this is the place to proudly show off the projects you have made from materials you have on hand.  Not sure what to do with a supply your great-aunt's next door neighbor gave you?  Find inspiration here!

There will be themes, challenges, and the occasional discussion topic posted monthly.  Don't feel yourself bound by them, they're simply there to kick start your imagination if necessary.  All we ask is that you post a project or two a month (more or less is fine, there's no pressure) and join us for a year long crafting spree through our stashes.  Hope you can join us!

This is the fourth year we've had a DeStash Along on Craftster.  The old threads can be found here:

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