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381  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2013 11:43:09 AM
Whoa!  Look at all the people we've got!  Should be fun.

My main goal this year is to reduce my fabric stash by three drawers, and get my yarn supply down to two containers (one a laundry basket and one a rolly bin, so that's still a lot).  I was looking through my stash trying to get ready for this year, and realized that as much as I like having supplies on hand I'd really prefer the freedom to buy something for a nifty project right now instead of holding off because I feel a little overwhelmed by the stuff I already have.

Keeping track of the money I spend on supplies this year also seems like it will be a really helpful idea.  And it gives me an excuse to use one of the blank books from my horde.

rottenlittleboys I put two challenges for each month up this year so people could have more to choose from.  If a supply diet doesn't work for you, feel free to ignore those of us crazy enough to give it a try.
382  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2012 09:19:49 AM
Okay, popping by with two quick housekeeping items.

1) The 2013 DeStash-Along thread has gone live!
2) You can continue to post 2012 projects here for the next few days, just in case it takes you a little while to get pictures.  I'll officially close us up on the 7th.  Does that seem reasonable?

Oh, and just because I'm finishing up small projects in drips and drabs - a teeny tiny sweater.  But it's still one less ball of yarn in stash.


New Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
383  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: December 31, 2012 09:13:17 AM
Okay, I've been staring at this craftalong for years, I think it's high time I joined.

So far my list is very short, since it only includes the UFOs I have at the moment.  I'll add as time goes on.

1. Airy Scarf (picture to come)

2. Granny square lapghan (Stash!)

Scrapghan Lapghan by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

3. Mitts (Stash) (I was planning on giving them away, but liked them so much while taking pictures that they're staying)

9/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. Rannoch Mitts (Stash!)

19/365 Staghorn Cables by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. Ticket Scrapbook (Stash!)


5. 6+ Valentines (Stash!)


6.  Doll-sized Pixie Hat (Stash!)

43/365 Pixie Hat by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

7.  Fat Quarter mini-tote (Stash!) (Fabric)

Fat Quarter Bag by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

8. Doll Dress #1 (Stash!) (Fabric)

Pins by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

9. Doll Dress #2 (Stash!) (Fabric)

IMG_3667 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

10. Pamphlets (UFO) (Stash!)

Another Batch of Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

11.  Baby Blanket (Stash!)

baby blanket by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

12.  Two Spring Argyle Pillowcases (Stash!)

81/365 Argyle Again by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

13. Card (Stash!)


14. Granny Square (Stash!)

Subdued Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

15. Wingspan Variation (Stash!)

118/365 Noro by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

16. Cards (Stash!)


17.  Quilt (Part Stash, part New)

Chris' Quilt by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

18.  Lapghan (Stash!)

Artsy Fartsy Shot by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

19. Pinwheel Cards - Set #1 (Stash!)


20. Dashings (Stash!)

IMG_6057 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

21. Beanie (Stash!)

20130828_004535 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

22. Yellow Dress (Stash!)

20130830_152929 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

23. Blue Dress (Stash!)

20130831_130222 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

24. Change-of-Address Cards (x20) (Stash!)


25. Pastel Dress (Stash!)

258/365 Dolly Duds by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

26. Gift "Bow" (Stash!)


27. Ribbon Organizing Cards (Stash!)


28. Organizer (Stash!)


29. Tiny Crochet Flowers (Stash!)


30. Mini-Notepads (Stash!)


31. Post-It Covers (Mostly Stash)


32. Endpaper Mitts (WIP from 2011!)

260/360 Endpapers by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

33. Martha's Mitts (New Yarn)

Martha's Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

34. Jules' Mitts (Stash!)

Jules' Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

35. Doll Dress (Stash!)

289/365 Ponder ponder by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

36. Another Doll Dress (Stash!)

294/365 New Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

37. Sweater Dress for Doll (Stash!)

302/365 Tiny but Too Big by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

38. Kathleen's Green Mitts

308/365 Kathleen's Green Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

39. Meg's Mitts

309/365 Meg's Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

40. Christmas Capelet (Stash!)

Christmas Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
384  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2012 08:30:49 AM
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385  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2012 08:29:56 AM
Monthly Themes and Challenges

These are meant purely for inspiration.  Don't feel yourself bound by them if they don't fit your crafty mood for the month.

January
Color:  white
Pattern: dots
For: resolutions
Challenge 1:  It is time once again to take stock of your stash.  This means finding it all, seeing what you have, and identifying some goals for DeStashing in the coming year.  
Challenge 2:  Are there any other craftalongs that will help you with your goals this year?  If so, join up and spread the love around.

February
Color:  pink
Pattern: swirls
For: organizing
Challenge 1:  Now that you've located and looked at your stash, you might be ready to get it in some kind of order.  Untangle your yarn, sort your seed beads, and generally make sure you can find things in your stash easily so that you can use them.  If that's too daunting, you could just clear off your crafting surface so you're ready for your next project.  Whatever makes the most sense for you.  And if you're brave enough to post pictures, we would love to see them.
Challenge 2: Finish the oldest UFO (unfinished object) you can still find.

March
Color:  green
Pattern:  flowers
For:  yourself
Challenge 1:  What can I do with this?  What /is/ this?  Why was I saving this?  These are all questions you may have asked yourself over the past two months.  If you've come across stash that you can't quite figure the best use for, post a picture here and ask.  Who knows what another pair of eyes (or two) can come up with!?
Challenge 2: Any brave souls want to join me for a month long craft supply diet?  It's totally optional, and you get to choose how strict you want to be... (*runs for cover*)

April
Color:  Purple  
Pattern:  Paisley
For:  Your car, bicycle, scooter, or donkey cart.  However you get around.
Challenge1:  Now that you've done a bit of cleaning, picked our collective brains for new uses for old items, and generally had a while to ponder your stash, you may come to the conclusion that there are some items in there you are never going to use.  That's okay!  Pass them along to someone else.  (After all, that makes room for new stuff).
Challenge 2: Okay, so we've all probably got a pinterest boards or a bookmark folder full of neat tutorials we've saved for later.  Well, later is now, so how about rolling up your sleeves and giving one or two of them a try.  

May
Color:  Yellow  
Pattern:  Stripes
For:  Teachers
Challenge 1:  Is there a craft your mom, grandmother, great-aunt or the like taught you when you were very little but you haven't tried in ages?  If the supplies are in your stash, give it a try again.  You'll be amazed at what your fingers remember.
Challenge 2:  Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion of your stash, be it yarn, seed beads, or whatever.

June
Color:  Orange  
Pattern:  Solids
For:  Yard (or windowsill/balcony/fire-escape for the apartmet dwellers out there)
Challenge 1:  Six month check in!  Has your stash migrated?  Grown?  Shrunk?  Take a look back at your DeStashing resolutions and see how far you've come.  Are your goals still relevant, or do you need to do some tweaking?
Challenge 2: Have any swaps caught your eye recently but you weren't able to join?  Make something for yourself using the same themes.

July
Color:  Red
Pattern:  Checks/Gingham
For:  Friends
Challenge 1:  Is there a special item in your stash you have been saving for just the right project, whatever that might be?  Go ahead and give yourself permission to use it!
Challenge 2:  Take some stress out of the holidays by making a gift now.  Just remember where you put it when the time to actually give it away comes around.

August
Color:  Rainbow  
Pattern:  Stars
For:  Pets
Challenge 1:  Make a scrappy project!  This is also a good time to go through your scraps and realistically evaluate how small something can be and still be useful.
Challenge 2:  On the go projects - Make something you can work on while you're out and about.

September
Color:  Grey  
Pattern:  Argyle
For:  Your Workplace (or School if that's more appropriate)
Challenge 1:  Remember those supplies you bought to teach yourself a new craft that are languishing unused at the bottom of your stash?   Now might be a good time to dust them off, find some instructions, and knuckle down.
Challenge 2: Use up a specific number of items from your stash.  You know what you have better than anyone else, but try for something like 1 yard of cloth, 2 skeins of yarn, 4 buttons, 8 sheets of scrapbook paper, 16 beads, etc. etc. etc.  Whatever suits your stash best, just pick a number and try your hardest.

October
Color:  Black  
Pattern:  Lace
For:  Cold Weather (If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I of course meant to say Warm Weather gear)
Challenge 1:  If you're anything like me, you love the adrenaline rush at the beginning of the project, but by the time rolls around to clip threads, sew on snaps, and all the other little things that make a project truly finished you've gotten bored and moved on to the next craft.  So pull out those almost finished projects from wherever they're hiding, and take care of the finishing touches.
Challenge 2: Much like our pinterest challenge from earlier in the year this one is about all the lovely craft books you have lined up on your shelf.  If you have a book you love but have never done anything from, pull it down and see if something from your stash will suit.

November
Color:  Brown
Pattern: Plaid
For: Charity
Challenge 1:  Host a crafternoon with friends.  Its a great way to make gifts in bulk ahead of the holiday season.  And fresh eyes looking at your stash may find new ways to use materials that would never occur to you.
Challenge 2: Make more than one of something.  If you've already got the supplies out, it might be nice to make a batch, some to keep, some to give away.

December
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 me come up with new ideas to make the 2014 DeStashAlong even better!  
386  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2013 Annual DeStash-Along (CLOSED) on: December 31, 2012 08:29:11 AM

Sewing bee at Bethungra by Australian War Memorial collection, on Flickr

Whether we measure the volume by the bin, basket, cupboard, closet, or room, stashes are an integral part of every crafter's life.  They provide inspiration for our next project and let us to give in to late night crafting urges without running to the store.  Or they just allow us to sleep in our beds at night secure in the knowledge that when the Zombie Apocalypse comes we will have enough yarn, sequins, and glitter glue to see us through.

It isn't a question of "do you have a stash?" but "do you want to make the most of your stash?"

If so, welcome to the 5th Annual DeStash-Along -- a year long celebration and shopping spree through our vast hordes of supplies on hand.  We traditionally have monthly themes and challenges, share pictures and ideas, and generally have a good time together.  

We do hope you'll join us.


Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
2012
2011
2010
2009
387  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 27, 2012 06:09:43 PM
alwaysinmyroom - that's a great idea about trying circulars in there.  I can't ever get my circs organized.

Great ideas for challenges.  Maybe we should have multiple challenges during the months?
388  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 26, 2012 12:44:13 PM
After Christmas crafting update!

I managed to make a few things in between seasonal retail work (oh joy)

A Yarn Tote that used up about a yard of stash.  It's big enough to hold three skeins of yarn and a mostly finished giant granny square:

Yarn Tote by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

A CD holder (pretty boring and self explanatory) that used up a little over half a yard.

CD Holder by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a bunch of little notebooks.  Lots and Lots, and there are still more to be made for after Christmas presents.

Pocket Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Still working on plans for next year's DeStash-Along, so if you have any ideas, speak up!
389  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 08, 2012 04:58:07 PM
So it seems like folks would be open to having the first couple months with challenges that escalate to a more organized stash.  Always open to more suggestions if anyone's got them.  Were there ones we've already done that people particularly liked, or ones I should avoid?

And because I have actually gotten some destashing done, pictures!


Dino Pillow by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Dino Pillow by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

390  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 06, 2012 07:51:32 AM
Oh wow, great discussion.  It hit on a lot of what I've been pondering as I stare at my stash - whether to give away or try to sell parts of it, what to do with those 7 balls of mohair yarn, how do I organize all this stuff, and how did I acquire all of this in the first place.  I've also started brainstorming ideas for themes & challenges in spare moments at work.  Would folks be open to the first couple months concentrating on getting a handle on stashes themselves?  Sort of like finding it all, weeding, organizing, etc.?  I  know I would find it useful, but I don't want to impose my current decluttering bug on anyone else, or make people feel guilty about their stash (so not what this craftalong is about) but doing things like that in groups can really help motivation and momentum.
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