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121  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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122  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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123  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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124  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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125  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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126  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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127  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 05, 2011 09:22:15 AM

Candy Cane Christmas by tres.jolie, on Flickr

December Themes!

Color - Red & Green (no surprise there)

For - Last minute presents!

Pattern, etc. - glitter and other shiny things!

Challenge - any one want to take stock and tally up how much they managed to de-stash over the year?  Does it equal more than the new supplies you added to stash?
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128  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 25, 2011 02:43:34 PM
I've made a bit of progress, and actually managed to photograph some of it, so it's time to share (for the first time over a month).

First up, as a birthday present for a friend, a dye your own yarn kit, with everything but the kool-aid from stash.

Then a pair of handwarmers.

And then a really unflattering picture of me, but a decent picture of the calorimetry I made from the other half of that skein.

So that's two skeins of yarn and a fat-quarter out of the stash.  Not much, but every little bit helps.
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129  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 03, 2011 11:02:24 AM
I managed to whip up another one of my giant granny square lapghans in September, but couldn't get a good picture of it due to horrible lighting.  And now I no longer have any acrylic yarn in my stash.  Scary!  But now I get to concentrate on the nice wools that have been languishing for ages and ages.

September wasn't such a great month for de-stashing, mainly due to the fact that I do my best knitting in front of the TV, and was on a Top Gear kick.  Fast cars and yarn just don't seem to go together.  But now that there's a new Ken Burns documentary on, I may have better luck this month.
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130  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 13, 2011 06:15:52 PM
I've gotten a bit more yarn de-stashed, but have only managed to get pictures of one project (and a rather awful picture at that, since it is next to impossible to photograph one's hand well).

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