Class/Challenge/House Pride: Class - Charms SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Basic Mitts Project Page Link:Basic Fingerless Mitts Brief Description: Got some post-christmas knitting done with some yarn I've had in stash for a while and which was resisting all my attempts to turn it into anything other than mitts (I've tried it as both a hat and a cowl but it refused). Warm and blue - I think it'll do.
OWL Subject & Option: Transfiguration - Option 1 House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dragon Wing Shawl Brief Description: Lace weight yarn hanks contain a ton of yardage. For this project I plan to turn two skeins of laceweight yarn (nearly 1,000 yards) into a shawl. To add to the magical nature of this project, I'm going to use the Dragon Wing shawl pattern. Still trying to decide whether there will be beads as well. I hope to have this done by the end of the semester. The knitting itself doesn't look too terribly complicated, but there's going to be a lot of it!
trinalocakary - Continually shrinking craft space must be frustrating. I hope your cat is as generous about sharing his space as you seem to be.
that1goal - Those are noble goals! I'm not sure I'll ever be able to use up most of my stash, I just strive for a sort of steady state.
scaramouche - I second what Sylvan said. We don't have much in the way of rules around here, so destash whatever you like, be it facepaint, yarn, or sprinkles.
whatthepuck - Good luck with the excavation!
carolmb - So say we all! Looking forward to seeing what the new year brings on that front.
antidigger - Isn't it funny how we end up with not only our other stashes but those of random acquaintances and strangers too? I've definitely had that happen to me too.
chirel - Sounds like it was a neat project idea, even if it didn't quite work out. Sometimes letting these things go is the kindest thing we can do for our own sanity's sake.
My main DeStash goals are as follows -Organization. My stashes are currently spread out all over the house. It's a small house, so it's only a few steps between each cache, but it can make things hard to find. -Avoid buying anything without a project in mind, and if I do bring in new supplies, to start on the project within the month they're bought. -Concentrate on using my paper stash. I haven't done much paper crafting in recent years, but I have oodles of the stuff. -Use ravelry to organize my yarn stash.
Let me know if there are any glaring errors. I'm not on my usual computer and this touch pad and I haven't been communicating all that well. And if you can think of any ways to add or improve themes, let me know. This is the DeStash-Along's 7th (!?!) year, so things can get a bit repetitive.
I'll be doing a massive dump of December DeStash projects a little later, once I get myself organized. Feel free to keep posting through the end of the week for those who are still finishing up their 2014 projects.
January Color: White Pattern: Polka-Dots For: You Challenge: Take stock of your stash. Figure out what you have and set some goals for what you want to accomplish with those supplies in the coming year. If you're feeling brave, take a picture of your stash in its natural state. We'll worry about organization later.
February Color: Red Pattern: Hearts For: Someone Special Challenge: Weed your stash. As you were looking it over last month you probably ran across a few items that you know in your heart of hearts you aren't going to use. Maybe your tastes have changed since you acquired them, maybe your great-aunt Mabel insisted you take them and you couldn't say no, or maybe you can't even remember where they came from. It's okay to let them go! Take those things to the goodwill or keep an eye out for a local group that could give new life to your crafty cast-offs.
March Color: Green Pattern: Stripes For: Your Craft Space Challenge: Now that you've weeded through your stash you might find it useful to do some organization - put all your yarn in bins, sort your beads, and consolidate all those half empty containers of googly eyes. If you come up with a particularly clever way to organize your stash or have found something on the web that could be useful or inspiring, please share!
April Color: Yellow Pattern: Nature For: Charity Challenge: If there are any items in your stash that are too neat to give away but you have no earthly idea what you should make with them, ask your fellow DeStashers for advice.
May Color: Pink Pattern: Letters & Numbers For: Your yard, garden, window box, etc. Challenge: Finish the oldest WIP you can find in your stash.
June Color: Orange Pattern: Swirls For: Teachers/Educators Challenge: Make something "green" using things found in nature or from recycled materials.
July Color: Blue Pattern: Abstract For: A Group Challenge: What's the supply in your stash you've had the longest? Try to make something with it this month. As always, ask for suggestions if you're stumped.
August Color: Purple Pattern: Argyle For: Pets and other animals Challenge: Nice pinterest board you have there! Make something inspired by a pin. Share the pin too so we can "ooh and ah" properly.
September Color: Burgundy Pattern: Plaid For: Kids Challenge: What's your stash weakness - that particular crafty material that you can't stop buying? Make something with it!
October Color: Black Pattern: Lace For: Charity Challenge: 10 is such a nice round number. Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you.
November Color: Brown Pattern: Folk Art For: Someone who needs to be cheered up Challenge: The holiday crafting season is upon us! See what goodies you can bring forth from your stash.
December Color: Silver Pattern: Snowflakes For: Your Home Challenge: Take a deep breath, step back, and marvel at all the wonderful things you've made from your stash this year. How did you do on your goals from January? How has you stash changed and evolved? What was your favorite part of the DeStash-Along this year, and how can it be improved for next year?
Stashes! They're pretty awesome, right? They can represent years and years of carefully (or not so carefully) curated craft supply hoarding. They let us sleep secure in our bed knowing that should the world as we know it end tomorrow, we will have enough googly eyes and pipe cleaners to use as currency in the new barter economy.
This craft-along isn't about being ashamed of our stashes, it's about creating with them. We recognize that stashes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be amazing resources or occasionally overwhelming. We're here to marvel at your creations, cheer you along, and help you with your DeStashing goals during the next 12 months.
All are welcome, whether your craft is sewing, tatting, beading, or welding. Join in any time, be it January or June. The more the merrier! The monthly themes are here for people who thrive on a challenge or are in need of an extra bit of inspiration, but don't feel yourself restricted by them. Simply dive in, post pics of crafts made from your super stash, and join in the discussion.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention - Holiday Decorations SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Christmas Dress Project Page Link:Antique Lilac's Sundress Pattern Brief Description: I found the neatest Christmas fabric at Joann's. All my dolls had Christmas dresses already except for this girl, so it was necessary to bring some home. Now she just needs a cardigan to go with it. Perhaps I'll have it done by next year.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes SPEW: collection at my mother's church. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Winter Scarf Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Last time I visited my mother I noticed her church was collecting warm items for a group of refugees who hadn't experienced winter before. I whipped this scarf up out of stash materials while I was visiting for the holidays. It turned out much better than I was expecting, and will hopefully keep someone nice and toasty.