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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: September 06, 2013 02:15:02 PM
lol Mrs. Awesome Pants...I swear that certain colors and yarns never get smaller...I think I have been using up the same black skein of yarn for over ten years now...I think you have to give it some some sunlight to stop it from doubling in size in the dark bags or bins... Grin

I love the petghan...I have some of that suede yarn...never could figure out what to make with it!

LOL...I found out they've actually discontinued the yarn because of bad reviews (breaking, etc) and I'm not sure whether I mind or not.  It was a pain to work with; the nap made it catch on itself a lot.  But the texture was lovely.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: September 05, 2013 08:37:54 PM
The stash-ghan is looking fab Smiley  Although I don't envy you having to weave all those ends!

I have a few pictures to share!

I used up two skeins of Lion Brand Suede making this.  It was going to be a lap blanket to donate to the nursing home my mother works at, but I overestimated how far the yarn would go so it's now a pet mat. 

Also, a pair of slipper socks for DH.  He didn't want to me to take a picture of him "in his slippers and underwear" but I did get a snapshot  Roll Eyes.  I hoped these would make a sizeable dent in the 1-lb roll of black Red Heart I have, but I honestly don't see much difference. 

I'm thinking I'll make a baby-sized matching pair for Baby Boy and then use the rest for part of an afghan.  If it has an end...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: September 03, 2013 03:18:45 PM
Mine are about 6 inches tall and whenever I try to sew for them I feel like my fingers get really fat and clumsy.

I know what you mean.  I love crocheting with embroidery thread but it's always a dexterity challenge.  My Nanny (grandmother) used to crochet doilies with even thinner thread well into her sixties, despite arthritis.  Too bad nobody kept any after she died.  :-/

dulcet, I somehow managed to miss that excellent quilt the first time you posted it.  It's excellent!  I love the bright colors and the texture of the corduroy.  Makes me think of the children's book Corduroy, one of my old favorites Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: September 01, 2013 11:42:10 AM
Texscrapper, those composition books are amazing!  Your embroidery is great.

Wonderful knitting, gaudiknight. 

I think for the September theme I'll aim to use up 3 skeins of yarn -- two that have been partially used and are sitting in a basket judging me at the moment and a 1-pound roll of Red Heart intended for a WIP I've since forgotten about.

I have done some more destashing and I'll share pics soon Smiley

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 26, 2013 06:14:45 PM
LOL!  Well, I did use almost a whole skein...

Baby steps!  No pun intended.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: S.P.E.W. (Charity Crafting) on: August 23, 2013 04:21:33 PM
This is such an inspiring CAL.  I have been lurking for a little while since I'm participating in the Destash-along and I love all the great projects that are getting sent out.  I've been trying to come up with ideas for using my plarn (plastic yarn), of which I have literally thousands of yards.  After reading this thread and doing some reading, I discovered the LOWO group that works on Pine Ridge Reservation is in need of bags/backpacks for the foster children they serve.  Voila!  Since plarn is hypoallergenic, super sturdy, easy-clean, and gender neutral, I figure it'll make great shoulder bags for kids.  DH and I have one we use for farmer's market trips and love it.  Once I get a few done I'll post pics!

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation: http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/
Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi, Inc. (LOWO): http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/organizations/LOWO.shtml
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 16, 2013 08:01:36 PM
Carolmb, those are such pretty quilt blocks!  I especially love the Koi fish Smiley

I finished a few little projects.  Three bookmarks (never did get around to making more) aaaaaannnnnddd....

My very first pair of socks!

They were meant for Baby Boy due in December, but turned out unintentionally large and probably won't fit him until *next* winter.  Oh, well.  I destashed the majority of a bamboo/wool blend skein I've had in my stash for ages.  They'll keep his little toes warm eventually.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with the remnant that doesn't involve buying a matching skein.

If anyone is interested, I used this pattern: http://gingerschatz.blogspot.com/2010/07/pattern-advent-baby-socks.html

It was a little confusing and I made mods (mainly crocheting in a spiral instead of joined rounds) but I was pleased with the results.

The bookmarks:

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 14, 2013 06:10:09 PM
Ladybugs, embroidery floss and little bits of yarn are *perfect* for making bookmarks.  I am a very slow embroider-er and although floss doesn't take up a lot of space, it's just more that I have to unpack and sort later.  So, bookmarks!  I'm tossing them into our Saturday yard sale for now and then I might keep some as stocking stuffers Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 14, 2013 03:08:38 PM
CLM, you always make the cutest, most unique things.  My crafting feels kind of boring by comparison  Cheesy

I destashed some embroidery thread last night by crocheting a few bookmarks while watching back episodes of Dexter.  Tonight we're catching up on Under the Dome so I'll have to make some more and post pics later.

Advice Needed!

We are moving in less than 2 months, only taking what can fit into four suitcases.  Should I cart my sewing machine along or just sell it and buy a new one when we get out there?  I've wanted a new one for a while, but I'm not guaranteed to get one at a decent price right away.  If I economize and pack just right, I can fit my sewing machine in.  All opinions appreciated!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Magnificent Butterfly Afghan on: August 14, 2013 02:09:07 PM
What an amazing project!  Definitely had to hit "this rocks!"

Crocheting can be such a calming, peaceful hobby.  I put it right up there with my gardening & writing in having miracle powers to bleed off anxiety and depression.
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