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!
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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!
Oooh, I love the fingerless gloves. I've been eyeing the pattern for the lace & buttons one for a while, but I tend to stick to the basics.
Speaking of mitts, I finished up a pair, too. Technically the yarn was from a friend's stash, but she asked me to do something with it, since she was at a loss. So she was destashing and got a new pair of mitts, and I got to play with new yarn. Win/win!
I also used up a bunch of supplies making up a scrapbooky thing for a swap, but didn't get any pictures, nor did I keep track of how much I used. It wasn't enough to put a dent in the paper stash at any rate.