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391  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!
392  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

393  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.
394  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 01, 2012 04:49:37 PM
December Themes

Photo © 2011 J. Ronald Lee, CC Attribution 3.0

Color: Metallic
Pattern: Folk-art.
For: The House. And it doesn't have to be holiday themed unless you want it to be.
Challenge: We're in the last month. It's a sprint to the finish. Look back at the goals you made in January and see how you did. Or just tally up all the projects you've made from stash and give yourself a big pat on the back.


And on a purely administrative note:  Next year will be the 5th year of the DeStash-Along here on Craftster!  I'd welcome any suggestions on how to make it better than ever, or mark the occasion in some way.
395  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 14, 2012 05:59:43 PM
What awesome crochet, that1girl!  I'm afraid I don't have the patience for doilies and snowflakes, so I'm always amazed when people make them.

Just two quick things for November DeStashing:

A bag made from a fat quarter I've had since high-school.  It will be nice to finally get some use out of it.

Stashbusting Bag by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a little sweater for a little doll.

Sweater Weather by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
396  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 04, 2012 12:59:23 PM
Great flowers, ya'll - both the ring and the beanie.

I am super stoked!  My old roomie and I just spent the last hour or so planning a crafty get-together to assembly line make a bunch of Christmas presents, and the best part is with our stashes combined we're only going to have to buy extra glue, felt, and pens.  The only downside is that our schedules don't combine until December, so I'm just going to have to work on other projects to work off all the energy from our planning session.
397  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 02, 2012 05:42:24 PM
Well, since someone has to get November started, here's another lapghan (although I finished this in October...)


FallSquare by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I need to get out of my granny-square rut and start in on the Christmas sewing.
398  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 01, 2012 02:15:27 PM
We're approaching the home-stretch ya'll!

And with that in mind, here are some themes for November.


New Mexico Aspens by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Color: Brown
Pattern: Trees, wood, or forest themed.
For: Someone who needs to be cheered up.
Challenge: Has there been a swap recently that intrigued you? Make something that fits the theme, even if you didn't get to participate. (Or you could just get your NaNoWriMo novel done.  That's like destashing brain space, right?)
399  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: October 09, 2012 08:41:11 AM
bananaleg - That is a marvelous shade of blue on the cuffs.  I wish I had yarn like that in my stash.

that1girl - Amazing work!  You've been really busy.


I've de-stashed a bunch of paper recently between making a picture book for the Little Visitor Swap and a mini bookbinding class I taught at a nearby library.  Nothing to show for it as far as pictures go, though.  Now I just need a good use for paper scraps, since I never seem to use an entire sheet.
400  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: October 01, 2012 05:19:48 PM
October is Here!

Lace work in a Canal Barge Window by david.nikonvscanon, on Flickr
Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Pets. Our furry friends put up with a lot from us, and may not realise the sweaters we make for them are signs of affection. But don't let that stop you making a hoodie for your horned lizard.
Challenge: We've all got that special material we've been holding onto forever. Maybe it was really expensive, or it's the last little bit of a fabric you love, and you've never been able to bring yourself to use it. Gather your courage and just do it!
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