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151  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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152  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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153  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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154  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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155  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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156  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 04, 2011 09:22:04 AM
I managed to weave in the ends on my most recent lapghan while I was visiting a friend, so I finally have some de-stash progress to show for the first time in months!

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157  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 02, 2011 12:24:37 PM

(photo by D Sharon Pruitt)

July Themes!

Color: Blue!
For: Anyone
Pattern: Stars
Challenge: It's six months until the holiday giving season starts.  Now would be a great time to whip up a present or two to avoid the rush.  The challenge is remembering where you put them when December comes.
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158  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 01, 2011 08:35:10 AM

June themes, anyone?

Color: Pink
For: Kids (yours, someone elses', it doesn't matter)
Pattern: Argyle
Challenge We're at the 6 month mark.  This would be a good time to take stock of the stash again.  Have you used more material than you added to it?  How well have you done with the goals you set yourself in January?  What do you want to concentrate on in the latter part of the year?
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159  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 04, 2011 09:39:37 PM
Playing catch-up and posting some stashbusting from last month.  They were all part of the Random Acts of Kindness Swap, but my partners have received so I can post my pics.
The teaberry scarf by pixeldiva (a great one skein crochet project) and a simple tote made from a fat quarter:

Another fat quarter left the stash as wrapping for the first round's package, but the project inside was made from new yarn, so no pictures.
I'm not sure whether this last one counts.  The yarn was acquired relatively recently in an unexpected stash-enhancing visit to Michaels, and I had no idea what I was going to use it for.  A month later the swap provided the perfect opportunity.  So it was stash, just not for very long.
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160  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 02, 2011 08:36:49 PM
Sorry folks!  I got caught up in schoolwork and completely forgot about May themes. But you seem to have soldiered on quite well withough.  Here they are, just in case anyone needs some extra inspiration.


Color: Purple
For: The Home
Pattern: Checks
Challenge: There's this craft you've always wanted to learn, right?  You've bought all the supplies, you just need to buckle down and give it a try.  What better time than the present?
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