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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 07, 2015 09:49:51 AM
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.

4/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And now for something completely different:

Owl Proposal

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!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: January 03, 2015 10:46:07 AM
Time for my massive project dump to finish off the 2014 crafting extravaganza.

Here's what happened in December on the DeStash Front

One Christmas Dress:

Christmas Mischa by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Two Scarfs (Scarves?)

Two Zippered Pouches

And I think that finishes off the year.

Of the 70 or so projects I did this year, 47 were from stash.  Not too bad!  I think I may have come out even on the crafting stash vs. acquiring stash front.

(And for those who care, of the 70 projects, 30 were doll clothes, and all but three of those were from stash.  That seems to be my go-to-project these days Cheesy).
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 03, 2015 10:37:05 AM
1. Mitts (DeStash)

4/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

2. Doll Sweater for Autumn (DeStash)

ADAD 2015 - Colorful by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

3. Mariah's Belated Christmas Dress

Finally Finished by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. ConKerr Cupcake Pillowcase (DeStash)

Cupcakes for ConKerr by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

5. Batch Sewing Experiment (DeStash)

Wardrobe Enhancement Exercize by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

6. Concealing Curtains

31 Before & After by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

7. Pattern Testing Dress #1 (DeStash)

Dress #1 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

8. Pattern Testing Dress #2 (DeStash)

Dress #2 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

9. Pattern Testing Dress #3 (DeStash)

Dress #3 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 03, 2015 10:13:08 AM
Please post pics of your stash-made items!  Even if they end up with their own post you can share them here too.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2015 04:03:03 PM
Wow, so many people!  Should make for a good year!

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.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2014 12:56:45 PM
Greetings All!

I just wanted to pop by to let you know The 2015 DeStash-Along thread has been started. 

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.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStashalong on: December 31, 2014 12:47:45 PM
Useful Links

2/18: Use What You Have Swap R2 Sign ups 2/18 - 3/1, send out 3/30
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStashalong on: December 31, 2014 12:46:05 PM

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.

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.

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!

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.

Color: Pink
Pattern: Letters & Numbers
For: Your yard, garden, window box, etc.
Challenge: Finish the oldest WIP you can find in your stash.

Color: Orange
Pattern: Swirls
For: Teachers/Educators
Challenge: Make something "green" using things found in nature or from recycled materials.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2014 12:44:07 PM

Grover and Frances Folsom Cleveland Portrait Advertising Card by Cornell University Library, on Flickr

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.

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 29, 2014 01:25:57 PM
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.

Christmas Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

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.

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