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421  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 01, 2013 11:19:09 AM
February Themes

A Little Love FREE Creative Commons Pink Heart by Pink Sherbet Photography, on Flickr
Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

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 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.

Note: Themes and challenges for the year are posted up on the first page, but I thought it might be helpful to have them in the thread itself as well, just as a reminder.  And as always, these are inspiration, not rules.
422  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 31, 2013 07:08:34 PM
Awesome projects ya'll!  I'm really enjoying the pictures.

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while.  I was traveling, and had a major computer meltdown, but I have re-united with the stash, so crafting can continue.

I got a little bit of DeStashing done while I was gone - finishing up an old WIP

19/365 Staghorn Cables by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And I finally got around to photographing my stash!


(I'd like to get it down to just two containers - not picky about which two, but the tote is staying because its really useful)

Crochet Thread

(Since I don't actually do thread crochet it really needs to be pared down.  I've been using it for bookbinding projects, but I definitely don't need to keep this much on hand)


(The dresser is chockablock full, but the drawers are actually pretty small.  There's a lot of fabric scattered around the house that didn't make it into this shot, so working through that is my first goal.  Then I can work on emptying a few drawers.)


(My paper stash actually makes me really happy.  I just wish I had more opportunities to use it.)

Not pictured - my button stash which can be measured in gallons.  But that's not a stash, that's a collection, right?  At least that's how I justify it to myself.

And while I was gathering all the stash up to photograph, I did some weeding.  Here's what got taken to the goodwill:

And by Goodwill I mean a thrift store that's run by Mennonites and has an awesome craft section.  I feel like there's a pretty good chance it will go to someone who will use it.

423  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: January 13, 2013 12:18:57 PM
The time has come to put the 2012 DeStash Along to rest.  Great work this year, folks.  You rock!

2013 Destashing can be put over here if you feel so inclined.
424  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 13, 2013 12:16:33 PM
Awesome work on the cleaning, and yay for getting some actual crafting done.

I was also on a granny square kick this week.  Finished another lapghan, about 32 inches square.

Scrapghan Lapghan by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
425  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 09, 2013 07:41:53 PM
Thank goodness you guys have bigger stashes than I do! Sharalee, my ultimate goal is to move into a Tiny House ( http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/ ), every time I get more space, I just fill it up!

Another tiny house fan!  I am thoroughly in love with that concept.  Not sure I'll ever make it that small, but every time I go on a "get rid of things" kick it's with that in the back of my mind.

Finally, I have a project to show off!  (I did finish a scarf last week, but it still needs to be blocked, so it isn't really finished, now is it?)  My friend sent me this yarn from Australia 4 (?) years ago, and  I finally found a good pattern for it.

9/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I've also been working on getting my odds and ends of scrapbook paper in order.  I cut all my bizarre sizes down to 4x6 or 4x3 because those are what I use most frequently once I've done whatever I'm going to do with the bulk of the sheet.  It has made storage so much easier.
426  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 06, 2013 12:07:29 PM
I'm loving everyone's pictures of their stashes and crafting areas.  My goal for the week is to do the same, but since my supplies are scattered throughout the house, it might take me a while.  But I want to document where I'm at now so I can keep track of my progress (or lack thereof) better.

Haven't managed to get much crafty stuff done at all this week.  Things were just a little bit too busy/stressful.  But I'm keeping up the calendar idea, and trying to do a little each day, even if its just a few rows of knitting, or five minutes of sorting.
427  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 04, 2013 09:28:10 AM
Trina - I swear by UFYH.  It really helps not only for the initial deep clean but for maintaining a bit of neatness afterwards.  I think it deserves a space on the "useful links" post way back on page 1.

428  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 02, 2013 09:25:25 PM
I just noticed the Givers and Needers swap has another round going.  This may be of interest to those who are already finding supplies that can go to new homes.

And I'm totally stealing the calendar idea too.  No more guessing when I started a knitting project when the time comes to update my ravelry account.
429  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: January 02, 2013 09:43:51 AM
It's a modification of a Lati Yellow Dress pattern.  I started out with 24 sts, increased until there were 11 sts for each arm, and left off some of the increases for the body.  My girl's a bit smaller than a Blythe, but I'm sure you could get it to fit with a slightly larger gauge.  It's great for scraps of fingering yarn.
430  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 02, 2013 09:14:15 AM
That's the spirit, Ruby Copperhead!  This isn't about stash shaming, it's about stash celebrating.  But we all have different points that divide our feelings of usefulness and overwhelming. 

I'm going through a decluttering phase at the moment, so my current destash goals are a bit ruthless.  On the other hand, I love my stash and all the materials I've gathered over the years.  There are some awesome stories and memories stored in with them.  One thing I like to do is let friends "shop" in my stash when they're looking for new projects.  I know that the yarn or whatever is going to a good home, and I can often watch the projects grow along the way.

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