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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! on: January 10, 2019 05:44:21 PM
But it certainly is!

(And the plant looks very happy!)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Squirrel on: January 10, 2019 07:03:58 AM
Wonderful job - that's  fantastic! I love the shaping.
I hear you about the unnecessarily complicated knitting - I don't know why designers don't take more advantage of short rows and circulars.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! on: January 09, 2019 03:17:54 PM
Isn't that nice when your stash yields exactly the thing you need when you need it?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! on: January 09, 2019 01:57:41 PM
I love the cards, cinnamon; the watercoloring is beautiful and your handwriting is lovely.  Isn't it nice to have cards on hand?

And the earwarmers are beautiful, jennie.  So practical, but the yarn makes them very luxurious, too!

One of my biggest areas of disorder is my yarn stash.  I've gotten a start on that.  I cleared out a lot of bins and baskets of isolated bags and skeins; these door-hung shoe storage bags are still to be sorted:

Here's the bulk of the yarn, sorted by weights:

I actually inventoried the yarn as well, so I kinda know what I have!  Still have to figure out how to store it all though; I need to sleep on that bed...

I have started using some of it up.  I delivered a load of hats, cowls and gloves to an area homeless shelter last month, so I started a new bag for next December.

I also found a fair amount of wool that wasn't secured in ziplocks and had gotten kinda moth-y.  So I wound it into large balls and felted them in the washing machine.  And - presto! - I now have my own set of dryer balls!

One of the WIPs from 2018 I need to finish is this full-size blanket.  I set is aside last summer, because it just got too hot to hold.  Then more immediate knits took precedence.  But I'm only a few squares away from finishing.  Well, and weaving in the ends.  And deciding whether to do a lining.  Sigh....

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 07, 2019 12:44:08 PM
Some of the directions I've seen for dryer balls include knitting a cover that goes around the core, then the whole thing is felted. That would take care of the flyaway yarn, but I was in too much of hurry!
Lovely sunny weekend here gave me a chance to do some.cleaning and purging, which included an opportunity to get rid of papers.  Hence:
#3 notecards

A couple of half price blank notecards, some Shutterfly prints, used calendar pages, holiday cards, and - hey, presto! - 3 dozen pretty cards ready for any occasion!

(They're right side up IRL...)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 07, 2019 05:58:03 AM
That's the story, MistressT. I've only used them twice and there was no static, despite the high heat setting at the laundromat. Static is the point for me, too; if these don't control that there's no point. (Well, okay; it is fun to toss them i to the dryer like  basketball free throw, too!)
The ones I finished are pretty big (worked great on a load with a comforter and a stuffed animal) but I wound the last of the yarn to make smaller ones that I hope will felt down to baseball size.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 06, 2019 09:43:54 AM
I've been away from Craftster for a while, but I came back, in some measure for this thread. For years it nit only helped me keep track of what I did, but also encouraged me to try new things. And helped remind me - when i didn't necessarily feel it - that I'm pretty creative!

So, pending an official 2019 craftalong, I'll park this here.

I never make lists of specific items, but I do outline a few projects I hope to tackle over the year.  The big one this year is my house. This summer I will have been here 10 years, and while I have done some things I'm proud of,  a series of family issues have lead to me spending 2-3 weekends every month 100 miles away all this time. (That's a lot of frequent driving miles!)

So this year is the Year of the House! Painting inside and out, repair, light remodeling, and organizing out of chaos. Which also means destashing. I'll be thinking of ways to give away either finished projects or raw materials until I have enough clear space to *do*. And sice this going to be an on-going project, I'll make this ...
#1 Donation hats, gloves and winter wear
Sorting thru the excessive Mount of yarn I have, I discovered a bins worth of inexpensive but still nice feeling acrylic yarn. I've done a lot of knitting for the area homeless shelter,  so this year I'm statting with knitting up all these partials and mostals. I'll count this as one item on my list, and just keep adding to it over the year, beginning with these two helix hats knit from the leftovers of last years blanket project.

In the process of sorting thru the yarn stash, I discovered a bag someone had given me of old 100% wool that had unfortunately produced a few moths. (Inside a sealed ziplock, luckily!)  I hate to throw tuings out, and I like the idea of using dryer balls instead of fabric sheets, so (after some freezing to kill any eggs) I would up a few ....
#2 Felted Wool Dryer Balls

I was sure that the would shrink significantly, so i tucked them in some old panty hose onee highs and ran them thru the hot cycle in the washing machine a few times.  While they didn't shrink as much as I thought - they're still about softball size - they turned out pretty well, and I'm already using them'

I think I might try injecting some lavender essence into the core, so it's a sort of time release, very subtle fragrance.  We'll see.

But... I'm on my crafting way for 2019!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! on: January 01, 2019 11:32:24 AM
I'm in!
I've been away from Craftster for a while, but I'm back, and trying to get my house/supplies under control.
Already started this morning before going to work. Some resolutions include donating more things to particular causes, and being more frugal, so....
Starting the first hat for the Open Shelter in the fall, and using some of the scraps left from a Christmas blanket!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Camouflage knitting in The Guardian on: June 21, 2018 12:31:39 PM
These are absolutely hilarious!  Thanks for posting this!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: August 25, 2017 02:27:55 PM
That is all so awesome and creative!

And wonderfully photographed!!
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