Stashing down.

21 Jan

If you look into the stash, does the stash look back into you?

As many of you probably already know, that other Kate has announced her intention of knitting down her stash between now and Bendigo S&W. This is a completely genius idea, and as I still have unknitted stash from my first ever Bendi trip in 2007, I’ve decided to join her in this bold endeavour. Accordingly, I have joined the StashDownUnder 2011 group on Ravelry, and am adding this groovy little doohickey to the blog:

It will be going into the sidebar just as soon as I figure out the widgetty whatsit.

But wait! There’s more! The yarn stash isn’t the only stash I possess, nor is it the only one that’s getting out of hand. I also have something of an unhealthy relationship with the bargain table at my local Spotties. I see a roll of fabric marked down by 25%, 50%, or even 75% (that was a hell of a day, I can tell you!) , and I can not be held responsible for what happens next. I’m not totally indiscriminate – all of my fallings down at the remnant bin are minimum 60% natural fibres, and you will never ever see sequins or spangles in my wardrobe (no matter how hard Sasquatch begs).

You see, the problem with fabric is that in order to turn it  into clothing, I have to first wash, dry and iron it, then set aside a day (or two or three), set up my sewing machine and overlocker (preferably somewhere well-lit), as well as the ironing board, all before I can even start sewing. Then the boys get home from school, usually before I am done, and I have to pack everything away – it’s a much bigger production than pick-it-up-and-knit-a-bit.

Once upon a time I had a sewing room – I could sew all day, then just walk out and shut the door on the half-made garment, knowing that tomorrow I could walk in and start sewing again. Now? Now I have a corner of the dining room and a never-fail threat to make the boys keep their rooms tidy: “Pick up that mess or you’ll be sharing a room with your brother, and I’ll have a new sewing room!” Works every time.

Anyway, to get back to the point, I am hereby stating my intentions of:

  1. working down both the fabric and yarn stashes this year, and
  2. making no new purchases between now and July.

That is all.

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8 Responses to “Stashing down.”

  1. 2paw January 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Oh yes, fabric on special is my downfall and sock wool, because it is only a skein, not a huge amount for a cardi. So it is purchase-able!! Good luck with your goals.
    PS I LOVE your threat!!!

    • kissmyfrog January 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      I know sock yarn is officially “not-stash”, but I have SO MUCH of it! I’ve still got some cashmerino I bought in 2004 when I was in Sockapalooza, right at the start of this whole addiction/adventure/obsession/whatever you want to call it.

      The threat has become so much a part of the family lingo that I don’t even have to spell it all out – now I can just say “Sewing Room” and toys disappear like magic! 😀

  2. Leonie January 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    The stashdown sounds great. I’m more likely to do a destash on Rav of stuff to gain money for Bendi, except the only stuff that would gain me money is stuff I don’t want to destash! Understand the Sewing Room threat completely. I bring my sewing out to the lounge room because the “study” is really just a junkroom, but I have the packing and unpacking down to an art now with the project just lifted and placed on top of the “pile” in the study and then it’s just put away the machines and the iron, slightly easier than a complete pack up but not much…

    • kissmyfrog January 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      I have the same problem – I could probably get a bit of cash by destashing the Good Stuff, but it’s good stuff, and we wants it, Precious. The stuff that I would be willing to part with probably wouldn’t move. Maybe. I could be wrong, there – just because I’m a bit over the variegated yarns and more into the solids and semi-solids doesn’t mean everybody is. Hmmm… I may give it a shot in a month or two.

  3. amy @ kids in the studio January 22, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    I’m still at the point where I buy fabric for specific projects, not just because (except for fat quarters/bundles), but I overbuy because I’m not terribly confident, so I have all these leftovers. I just bought some sparkly slippery fabric that G loves thinking I could make her a skirt, but really, I don’t know that I can, especially given that she doesn’t let me sew often and I need another adult around to get anything done, nevermind things I’ve never done before (gathers, rolled-foot hemming). I can leave projects out on the table in the art room, but only if nobody is going to want that table for anything else for the project duration, so I always feel rushed anyway. And I can’t shut the door, and I don’t trust the cat or the kids, so I always pack up the machine either way in between.

    I could probably knit her a skirt way more quickly…

  4. Kgirlknits January 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    best kid-threat ever!!

    like you, I am still sitting on Bendy Stash from god-know-how-long-ago – I am not making promises, but I am going to *try* to knit thru a significat portion by July ’11 🙂

    • kissmyfrog January 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

      Why, thank you! I flatter myself that I have a modicum of creativity in that area. 😉

  5. knightlyknitter January 23, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Woo hoo!! more converts! Glad to see you joining me 🙂
    And as I delved into the stash yesterday, I discovered a variety of UFOs that need attention, so I am adding a policy of Finish Or Frog Or Farm Out: the last option is for things that I intended for children who have now far outgrown whatever it would have been.

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