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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2010 02:41:11 PM »

Two things to add to this thread.  Has anyone ever seen Hoarders on A&E?  My mom thinks I'm a hoarder, but I can't help hoarding yarn.  It's the only thing I hoard though...that and buttons...and ribbon, and other misc supplies.  lol.  But it's not like I'm keeping wrappers because they remind me of something, so I'm ok right?  lol.

Also, I'm considering using my large amount of yarn (several large totes, a couple of trash bags, some bags in my car....) and taking it to a local nursing home.  There are so many in my community and I never get to crochet with older people.  I think it would be fun and I could even learn something.  What do you all think?  I do use my yarn fairly quickly, but after starting an etsy I quickly realized how much I miss crocheting just for fun.  I haven't used my etsy in some time now.  I much rather prefer to enjoy my craft Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2010 03:27:08 PM »

Two things to add to this thread.  Has anyone ever seen Hoarders on A&E?  My mom thinks I'm a hoarder, but I can't help hoarding yarn.  It's the only thing I hoard though...that and buttons...and ribbon, and other misc supplies.  lol.  But it's not like I'm keeping wrappers because they remind me of something, so I'm ok right?  lol.

Also, I'm considering using my large amount of yarn (several large totes, a couple of trash bags, some bags in my car....) and taking it to a local nursing home.  There are so many in my community and I never get to crochet with older people.  I think it would be fun and I could even learn something.  What do you all think?  I do use my yarn fairly quickly, but after starting an etsy I quickly realized how much I miss crocheting just for fun.  I haven't used my etsy in some time now.  I much rather prefer to enjoy my craft Smiley

I think you're okay, as long as it's craft supplies Wink The real problem is when you can't maneuver through your room or house due to the amount of stuff you've kept. I think crocheting with the elderly would be a great idea! Just talk to some of the supervisors first and see if it's okay or if there are any people there who can still crochet and would enjoy it. That way they can keep their hands and minds busy and you can learn some cool things about them Smiley I wouldn't suggest you take it ALL with you though. Some has to stay for a rainy day when you need to crochet! lol. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2010 04:28:15 AM »

Such a good idea, crocheting with the elderly in a nursing home. I think (hope) the staff will welcome it, 'cause if it's anything like over here (Netherlands) they don't have much time for that sort of thing.

My stash was something like yours in the photo. I just got someone else's stash added to mine, so it's huge all of a sudden... Now all I have to do is figure out what to crochet with it. The problems I have  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2010 08:47:19 AM »

yeah I think I already posted on here about this but seriously.....I should be featured on "Hoarders: Craft Supply Edition" if it existed.  I seem to top everyone here.  My problem seems to be that I find all these awesome patterns and ideas and then go get the yarn, fabric, ribbon...whatever for the project, but it just never seems to get done hahahahaha

I'd say about 60% of our garage is taken up with huge totes of various crafting books, supplies and equipment....and who can forget the small appliances I use at least weekly for the awesome edible art of cooking
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2010 05:06:41 PM »

My own stash is one of those 3 drawer plastic thingies, and then a single drawer to put near it once I clean my room, and then a 3-tiered wire shelf thingy. I'm sure I have more around, but I'd say it's a small-to-medium stash compared to what I know most serious crocheters have got.

I have three of those 3 drawer plastic carts, all stuffed, plus an assortment of yarn that has never made it out of the bags from the craft store...And I just downsized and put two big plastic totes full of yarn into storage! I'm looking around my bedroom and seeing 6 different Hobby Lobby or WalMart bags full of yarn (and that's just the bedroom, not the rest of the house!) Honey, you're doing good!  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2010 05:00:27 AM »

I can so relate; I really have to discipline myself when Im out to get "just one skein of this" because I used to end up getting much more for the "just in case"-scenario or buying more for a project I might begin in some time. As long as you keep everything stored away in a tidy manner, everything is okay with you Id say Grin. Just recently I did a big crochet afghan to take down the yarn Ive been accumulating for the last 15 years or so and it was kind of healing to see it put to a good use. I just got some new yarn, but only for the projects that have to be finished in the next few weeks, took me some mental strenght not to buy more though Tongue...
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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2010 02:54:43 PM »

I'm the last one to ask for advice about cutting back...I just bought three new skeins last night  Shocked

But I recommend finishing the projects you've already started/planned, even if it means buying a bit of extra yarn.  It always feels good to finish a project that's been on the "to make" list for a while.

My favorite stash-busting projects are scarves, baby blankets, and potholders.  For smaller rolls of scrap yarn, I make headbands, flowers (that I sew to the headbands), baby booties, and so on.

Bath poofs also take up a lot more yarn than you'd expect, and they're good for the plain old acrylic stuff since it seems to lather pretty well.

Good luck, and I love your colors Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2010 03:00:27 PM »

I'm the last one to ask for advice about cutting back...I just bought three new skeins last night  Shocked


If it makes you feel any better, last night I bought 20 balls of yarn. ^_-

(My excuse, though, is that it was birthday gift cards that bought it... not me!)
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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2010 01:01:14 AM »

If that's all the yarn you have you must be new to crocheting. Grin
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2010 10:10:43 PM »

I love the Caron Simply soft yarn! That is all that I use (usually) for anything I make.
I've hoarded yarn for years too.... But only when I'm inspired do I dip into it to make projects. But It is great that whenever I want to make a project, I don't have to run to the store.
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