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« Reply #270 on: January 14, 2012 12:52:30 PM »

I just made something beautiful for a swap today, that I can't wait to post a picture of. The fact that it made a dent in my stash is just a bonus. ...come to think of it, I've only bought 2 things for this swap so far. A 50 cent Dollar Store item, and 5 dollars for a new bottle of paint I needed anyway. The rest is all from stash, yay!
I'm determined to stash bust as much as possible this year. Although I did buy a few squares of mini ceramic tiles at the Habitat Restore. I'm thinking they're just the right size for making magnets to sell, and I already have the magnets and a display tin.
And I pulled an awful old wool cape from the closet today, that my mother in law gave me. Between the way it's cut, and the wonky diagonal stripes, I looked like I was wearing a circus tent when I tried it on! A drab circus tent.
So I've got it in the washer now, trying to felt it. If it felts all right, I've got something to craft with. If not, it was going to the Goodwill anyway, so I'm not out anything. I stuffed it in a pillowcase to keep the fuzzy debris from clogging up the washer. Crossing fingers.

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« Reply #271 on: January 14, 2012 05:05:16 PM »

Who would not be happy in a cupcake skirt!?  Very cute and colorful...

I love those bags...I had no idea they had a name...I use french seams to make bags that have no lining...mostly bags from tea towels..

I had to pick up a long awaited special order from my local yarn store...big mistake...oh well...sometimes we fall back on bad habits...

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« Reply #272 on: January 14, 2012 05:36:57 PM »

I've now used up 2 partial skeins on the toddler afghan. I have high hopes of using  up 2 more. I started with 1 full skein plus at least one partial of each of the 4 colors, so it's working pretty well as far as stash-busting! The afghan is about half done, so I think it's time to start weaving in some ends, so I won't have as many to do later.

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« Reply #273 on: January 14, 2012 06:25:43 PM »

Brackish Potato- Amazing smash book, it looks fabulous!
aprettymess- I love your dress, great upcycle!

« Reply #274 on: January 14, 2012 07:27:01 PM »

Quick crafting night - I was working on invitations to my grandmother's 81st birthday party later this month, and used up three sheets of cardstock and four sheets of scrap-book paper.  Not a huge amount, but every little bit helps.

A few of the envelopes:

And hey!  They are white, and have stripes.  I think this is the first time I've ever actually used any of the themes in my many years of de-stashing.


« Reply #275 on: January 14, 2012 08:33:42 PM »

aprettymess - the cupcake dress was a clever pairing. I am impressed with the perfectly fluted ruffle.

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« Reply #276 on: January 14, 2012 09:35:44 PM »

First de-stashing project after sorting all week! I finally converted a whole bunch of my earrings to clip-ons. Not really a huge de-stash, but I got rid of some clip on findings and made some more room in my sorting boxes Smiley

Although now I have that many more french ear wires. Guess I'll have to make earrings for other people! Good thing  I have this to help out:


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« Reply #277 on: January 15, 2012 12:22:55 AM »

I know I'm late to the party but I used this from my fabric stash.


« Reply #278 on: January 15, 2012 02:26:30 AM »

cursive queen - could you use thick quilt batting as a pillow insert? You'd probably have to cut it down to size.

Another good fabric for throw pillows is bandanas. I made those for people for Christmas one year & they were well received.

My destashing? I got the stuffie for my sister's church nursery cut out. Haven't had a chance to sew it yet. My 4 days of work got in the way.

Got some smaller sized work uniform pants that I have to alter. Yay! More gray fabric to use up later.

I gave the completed scarves to my coworkers. They loved them! And they are both ordering at least another one. I'll be using this knifty knitter a lot this winter.

Well, back to crafting..........

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« Reply #279 on: January 15, 2012 06:12:21 AM »

Last year, I started my first crocheted afghan to use up stash. It was crocheted in HDC into the back loop and worked the long way. I eventually realized that it was too long, but not until I had done quite a few rows. There were also accidental increases in it, so it was getting even longer. A nice afghan for the typical eight foot tall giant, but not so great for using as a throw for the short folks in this house.  Cheesy

I have been contemplating frogging it back and making part of it a scarf, and re-using the rest of the yarn. I was half way done with the thing, so not a decision to make lightly. But there were errors in it and I finally made up my mind not to keep using all that yarn in a sub-optimal way. I've been getting better at crochet lately (though still a beginner), and I thought I could use some of those colors to make other things. This is the afghan before I frogged it back:

It was sooooo long that I decided that what I left to turn into a scarf could be sewn up into a hooded scarf, so that's what I did. While frogging it, I noticed that someone must have set a plate of food down on or near my project while I was working on it. There were patches of dried sauce on it. Grrrrr. Of course the stained part was on the portion of the afghan I was making into a scarf. Sigh. I crocheted the top into a hood section and threw it into the washer. If I get the stain out, I'll post a pic. If not, more frogging...

Before making up my mind about the afghan, I had started on using up this yarn to make a scoodie:

It's from a very bright and ugly sweater I paid 25 cents for. I toned down the color a bit by throwing it in a pot with some violet Wilton's dye to take an edge off the rabid Barbie pink, and to see if I could get the colors to play well together. There is about 20% wool in this yarn, so it did take up some dye, and I think it helped. Then I used the yarn to practice Navajo plying last winter when I got my first wheel. The yarn balls are all a bit different because I was learning how to set my brake, how fast I should treadle, etc... There are little knots in it too. I didn't know what I would do with it and it has been sitting around in a big Ziploc bag all year.

This is the pattern I am using:

Now I am going to end up with two hooded scarves in a similar color scheme. LOL. One of them will end up going to a friend, I think.

I feel better not having that big WIP making me feel guilty for not working on it. I did get lots of practice, anyway. Practice is good.  Grin


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