Stash Flash 2018

December 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

I’m back from the land of other social media to leave a Stash Update for posterity. Ideally, I’m going to try to be back here more frequently, but, we’ll see.

Fiber Total: 66.8 oz / 4.175 lbs

L to R: Old, miscellaneous merino and alpaca braids that I realized I didn’t enjoy spinning as much. The rest is the long-awaited Hello Yarn Fiber Club that I was able to get into at the beginning of 2017.

Yarn Totals: 6,477 g (I have a scale and it makes more sense to me to record in grams, rather than yardage, unless you can point me to an easy calculator to yardage, for handspun, mostly)

The Breakdown:

Cotton (top left)- 138 g

Worsted (bottom left) – 1189 g

DK (bottom left/center)- 291 g

Sock (center, so many partials!)- 3,143 g

Lace (top right) – 164 g

Handspun (right, mostly sock/heavy sock) – 1,552 g

Storage: I’ve spent the past few months collecting yarn from various places all over the house to this one location. Everything on the bed is contained in this bookshelf . The fiber stash is all together in my closet (no photo). I’ve got a “system” and full skeins are out on the shelf, handspun fits in a bin, the sock leftovers are in a storage drawer, and worsted yarn fits in a bin. I’ve been spinning a lot this year, so my wheel is out and accessible. I have about half of my knitting books on this shelf. Knitting bags and a few old WIPs. The other storage drawer holds my chair caning supplies – maybe I’ll post about that later.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the state of things.

I’d like to spin enough to keep up with my single dose of club this year, if not break into existing stash.

I’m planning on no yarn buying until at least the second quarter of the year. I could probably knit exclusively from stash this year, but I’m not super concerned about that. I’ve spent the last year being more mindful of my purchases and it has helped a lot with being satisfied with this stash. I really want to start knitting up my handspun in 2018 too.

Do you have any stash goals? I love seeing how people approach their stash – one tote, whole room(s), does it have yarn in it? I’m all about it.


My 8 in 2013

January 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Stephanie has a great idea, here.

My goals for this year are:

  1. To run at least one official 5K. (I don’t know if I can commit to 8 without having done one first.)
  2. Make a quilt for a someone secret (the fabric has been purchased!)
  3. Knit ThroughtheLoops’ 2013 Mystery Sock (Ravelry)
  4. Knit-a-long with my ZPDK: Azzu’s Shawl (Ravelry)
  5. Get a great photo of  the two of us for this year.
  6. Sew a new dress.
  7. Begin to reduce the amount of “stuff” I own. As much I am attached to many of my things, I think much of it is weighing me down.
  8. Run 100 miles in 2013.

Summer Spinning

July 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

As the Tour de Fleece ends (so I hear), I give you my usual contribution to the cause.

From this:Yarn Hollow Merino, Cinnabar & Sandalwood

Pausing to capture this:
Almost done

And ending up with this:
July 22

4.1 ounces of merino wool from Yarn Hollow, purchased at last year’s MI Fiber Fest.
chain plied into approximately 276 yards of heavy dk/light worsted weight
spun on my Louet Victoria
Another lovely from Rita at Yarn Hollow.

Michigan Fiber Fest 2010

August 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

I got lots and lots of fun fluff to spin, mostly from Yarn Hollow. I buy something from Rita every year I go. It’s so amazing. I also bought a skein of merino/silk lace weight from Chris of Briar Rose, plus a little sewn pouch that I forgot to ask who made it when I paid for the yarn. There were no tags other than price.

Bringing all of this fiber into my stash, along with looking through Bowerbird’s spinning archives, has made me realize that I just want to spin up everything I have as soon as possible so I can experiment with more. To date, I’ve spun mostly merino and blue faced leicester . When I have the space and time, I would like to buy a fleece and do everything myself from start to finish. I’ll try to post about this later.

Super Crafty Swap!

June 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

I got my box from Katie this afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Swaps are so much fun! Thanks to Amber and Sarah for putting this together.

Click through the photo for notes on what everything is

June 2, 2010 § 3 Comments

I think today was a rather productive day. I mailed out a package, dropped some clothes off at Goodwill, and put away all of my clothes. I even played a little bit of tennis with Cameron. In the next few days, I’ll be sorting through all of my crafty stash to put together a package for my Super Crafty Swap. I hope my partner won’t be too bummed that I can mostly only offer yarn from my stash because that’s mostly what I do. I don’t have much scrapbooking paper or anything because I think I threw that away (horror!) last summer when I cleaned out all of my stuff. At least I’ve got $10 to play with. I think I need to hit my local coffee shop, Northwoods. They have a bunch of cute little stuff that might be fun to include for my partner.

Well, I’m going end my evening with a cup of tea and some knitting. And junk TV.

It’s good to be home

March 11, 2009 § 1 Comment

After a fun afternoon with a few fellow Zombie Prom Date Knitters, I came home with a full belly and yarn! We went to Your Local Yarn Shop, which has an amazing selection and I wish I were made of money. I also got to watch my first high school orchestra concerts. Good job, Emily and Graham!

So, the goods. Here they are.

Thank you, Shannon for the $5 off.

If you remember me complaining about not having my wheel to spin, I definitely made up for it on Sunday when I got home.

Either tonight or tomorrow, I’ll post finished photos of my Print ‘o the Wave.

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