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201  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 01, 2014 05:36:13 AM
February Themes


10/3.2012 - organizing by julochka, on Flickr

Color: Red
Pattern: Paisley
For: Organizing
Challenge 1: Put the stash in order.  Untangle your yarn, fold your fabric, and throw out the bits of string that are too small to save.
Challenge 2: Make a just-because present for someone who needs to be cheered up or as a Random Act of Kindness.
Link Party! We all like to gawk at pretty pictures and projects.  Share some links to your favorite crafty organizing ideas or spaces to jump start our motivation.  I'll try to collect them into the space at the beginning of the thread so they're easy to find.

Now is also a good time to tally up how January went.  How many projects did you make from stash?  Did the amount you used equal the amount of materials you added to your stash?  What was your favorite?  Do you need to set any new goals or challenges for yourself to keep motivated for the next month?

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202  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 31, 2014 01:51:47 PM
Hi there!

I thought I'd actually put in a post here instead of lurking like I usually do.

I'm at 3 completed projects for January (all variations on a theme), one abandoned project (ran out of motivation and yarn - a deadly combination), and one WIP.



Outdoors by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
MelancholyWing's Bodice Pattern by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Rustic Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

My WIP project was going to be my entry for the "Learn Something New" January challenge - first time doing a complicated lace pattern, reading a chart, and using beads. Perhaps if I knit really fast this evening I'll have it done in time.
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203  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 25, 2014 01:44:45 PM
ActsofCraftiness - Want some of my winter weather?  I'm sure no one around here would mind sharing.

I whipped up another doll dress.  You'll probably be seeing lots of these during the year, since one of my crafty resolutions was to make three items for my dolls a month, just to practice skills.


Rustic Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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204  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 21, 2014 11:22:00 AM
Is the robe fleece or terrycloth?  Either way it's sure to be cozy.

I'm a grown-up who still plays with dolls, and I've been working on a few little things for my newest addition.

A simple dress that used up about half a FQ.

Melancholy Wing's Bodice Pattern by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Half a ball of sock yarn went into making a sweater.

Littlefee Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The sweater was originally a WIP progress I thought I could finish really quickly.  Pulled it out of stash ready to add sleeves and call it done, but found it wasn't quite the size I needed it to be, so I frogged the whole thing and started from scratch.  Sigh, one step forward, one step back.
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205  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 16, 2014 02:29:07 PM
Yofi- You've got a great space to work with there!  Can't wait to see what you do with it.

I managed to take pictures of my stash this "weekend" (which for me runs Sunday/Monday).  Apologies for the dreary pictures - it was raining all day, so there was no light to be had.

The fabric stash:

It doesn't look so bad stacked up like this, but it spills out of the dresser allotted to it.  I'm not even sure why I have such a large fabric stash considering how little I actually sew.  It was a good exercise to haul it up out of the basement to take pictures.  I weeded out more than would fit in a paper grocery sack in the process (not pictured).

The Yarn Stash:

Two boxes that reams of paper come in, a laundry basket, and a packed rolly-tote thing.  My main goal for this portion of the stash is to not buy more.  Even if it is pretty, or on sale, or soft, or any of the myriad of other reasons skeins sneak into the house.  I probably do more knitting than any other type of craft, so it should be easy to weed it down.

The Paper Stash:

This kind of exploded in 2013, but I love all of it. 

Not pictured
My button jar collection, which probably measures its volume in gallons.
A box full of crochet thread.  It's going to take a lot of doll dresses to use that all up.

In years past my DeStashing has been more about using and enjoying the supplies I've stashed away.  This year it is all about reducing.  I'm moving into a tiny two room cottage in June, so storage space is going to be at a premium.  It is time to embrace minimalism and make lots of things to give away.
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206  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 02, 2014 09:57:44 AM
Didn't quite make it to 50 in 2013.  Perhaps things will go better in 2014.

Lists!

1. Shawl

Winter Leaf Shawl - Detail by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

2. Doll Sweater

Littlefee Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

3. Doll Dress

MelancholyWing's Bodice Pattern by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. Doll Dress

Rustic Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

5. Pinwheels


6. Fetchings

050 Fetchings in Focus by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

7. 6 Dozen Oatmeal Scotchies

051 Oatmeal Scotchies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

8. AG Doll Sweater


9. AG Sundress


10. AG Maxi Dress


11. A Doll A Day February 2014 Photo Challenge

046/15 Drink of Choice by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

12. Doll Sweater

Simple Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

13. Scrappy Dress

Scrappy-ness Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

14. Kathleen's Quilt


15. Steam Punk Scherenschnitte

Cutting Crows by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

16. Boring Ballot Box


17. Tess' Tiny Sweater

First by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

18.  Easter Cards


19.  Potluck Offerings


20.  Doll Dress

Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

21.  A Doll A Day April 2014 Photo Challenge

Morning by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

22. Curatorial Socks

Sock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

23. More Oatmeal Scotchies

121 Oatmeal Scotchies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

24. Dishcloths


25. Potluck Chocolate Chips

127 Baking a Mess by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

26. Green Dress

Balancing Act by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

27. Moving House

164 How I spent my weekend. by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

28. Origami Cranes

178 Folded Flock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

29. Experimental Quiche

191 Quiche by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

30. A Doll A Day July

Big by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

31. Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

32. Pattern Testing

Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

33. Peas & Carrots Dress

Plaid by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

34. Three Night Sweater

Blue Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

35. Quick Cards


36. Hufflepuff Dress


37. ConKerr Pillowcase


38. Zippered Pouch


39. Octopal


40. How Now Brown Cow

237 Moo by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

41. Shrug

Swatch Shrug by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

42. Wardrobe Staple

Little Black Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

43. Crane Card

Purple Package by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

44. Poodle Square

253 Poodle Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

45. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #1

Dress #1 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

46. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #2

Dress #2 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

47. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #3

Dress #3 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

48. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #4

Dress #4 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

49. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #5

Dress #5 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

50. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #6

Dress #6 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

51. Arithmancy NEWT Dress #7

Dress #7 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

52. Pumpkin Dress

Pumpkin Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

53. Robe de Soleil Sundress

More Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

54. Baby Sweater

Baby Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

55. Lati Yellow Dress

Mischa is the most cooperative model by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

56. Lapghan

Chocolate Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

57. A Doll A Day October

X is for eXcess by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

58. Sassafras Socks

322 Second Sock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


59. Bullet Journal


60. Autumn's Box

327 Boxy by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

62. Favorite Things Dress

Exploring by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

64. Ardelle Hat


65. Swap Pouch #1


66. Swap Pouch #2


67. Lati Yellow Christmas Dress

Christmas Mischa by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

68. Tamsin's Christmas Dress

Christmas Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

69. Scarf for Grandma

357 Ruffles by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

70.  Project 365 - A Picture a Day for 2014

364 Be It Ever So Humble... by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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207  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2013 06:11:16 PM
January Themes


white chain stitch detail by jessicakelly, on Flickr

Color: White
Pattern: Solids
For: Craft something to help with a New Year's Resolution
Challenge 1: Take stock of your stash!  Figure out what you have, where it is, and create some goals for the coming years.  We applaud anyone brave enough to share photos of their Stash in its raw state.
Challenge 2: Finish up remaining Works in Progress from 2013 (or earlier years if any still remain).

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208  2014 DeStash-Along (CLOSED) in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2013 05:06:07 PM
2014 DeStash-Along


Sewing for a production, c. 1930s / by Sam Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection, on Flickr

Stashes.  Everyone has one, whether it consists of a shoe-box full of beads tucked under our bed or enough yarn and fabric to fill an entire room.  We add to them with thoughts of glorious projects to be, but occasionally these supplies get neglected once we get them home.  This CraftAlong, or DeStash-Along if you will, is here to provide motivation and inspiration to dig through what we have on hand and create marvelous things.  The purpose isn't to be ashamed of our stashes, but to celebrate them.  Let those great materials see the light of day again! Show off the great things you can make without going to the shops!

We'd love to have you along for the 6th year of the DeStash-Along.  There will be themes and challenges each month to provide a starting point if you are in need of  some extra inspiration, but feel free to ignore them if they don't mesh with your current crafty urges.  Whether you stumble upon this thread in January or June, join in the discussions, share projects and pictures, ask questions when you're stumped, and keep on crafting!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
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2012
2011
2010
2009
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209  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 24, 2013 08:10:43 AM
Christmas DeStash Knitting!


Christmas Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Actually, I finished this closer to Thanksgiving, but it wasn't until I was getting ready to wrap it that I realized I hadn't documented it. Luckily I had a friend on hand to model it.
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210  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 01, 2013 07:37:22 PM
December Themes


ConDev7360B by State Archives of North Carolina, on Flickr

Color: Blue 
Pattern: Shiny
For: The House
Challenge 1:  This is such a busy time of year whatever DeStashing you get done this month is just icing on the cake.  But if you have time, it might be a good idea to just take a look around your stash again and see how far you've come.
Challenge 2:  Help come up with new ideas to make the 2014 DeStashAlong even better!
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