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Sunday, January 11, 2015

stashless podcast episode 45: 6,766 knitters can't be wrong



Nothing got finished this week, but I did cast on a sweater on my birthday!

On their way out of the stash (WIPS):

Stashed:
CAL news:
I drew the first Instagram winner in the Shrink My Stash CAL! I also show the prize you can win in the January drawing on the Ravelry thread. Keep those entries coming! =)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

stashless podcast epsiode 44: Shrink My Stash!



First up, we have winners in the Good Karma CAL! PM me your addresses and I’ll get your prizes out!

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • The Vampyre by Justyna Lorkowska using a little over 500yds of my handspun (spun from a braid each of Chicks Dig Scars dyed by Cattail Knits and Beach House 5 dyed by Spinneretta’s Studio – both merino, bamboo, silk blends
  • Domek by Seattle Yarn using two skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Bulky in Icy Blue
  • On a fun note… I’m a nerd and kept track this year of my yardage and weight used… I knit, crocheted, wove over 12 miles of yarn this year! That was over 19 pounds of yarn!

On their way out (WIPs):
  • Lintilla by Martina Behm using Color Me Happy Really Happy Sock in fairy garden
  • Leftie also by Martina Behm in Araucania Ranco Solid in sapphire and Louet Gems hand-dyed by me in Fall colors… I started this back in APRIL 2014! Geez
  • I spun just a little on my Ferndale Fiber roving. Not enough to show much progress.
Stashed:           
  • I bought fiber from Paradise Fibers during their 25% off sale 12/31. I won’t pick it up until this weekend so you’ll get to see that next week. 

Future plans:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

stashless podcast episode 43: a very squeaky Christmas


Out of the Stash (FOs):


On their way out (WIPs):
Holiday FOs from the past:

CALs:
  • Good Karma CAL - anything for charity finished 10/1/14-12/31/14 - check the group for details
  • Shrink My Stash CAL - FOs from 1/1/15-12/31/15 - monthly prizes in the group and random drawings from Instagram. Use the hashtag shrinkmystash on Instagram to be entered. Check the group for all the details!
  • Handspun CAL coming up! Likely starting mid-February in conjunction with Patti of the Patti Knits and Spins podcast on YouTube!
Also mentioned:
My yarn holder was made by Santo Woodworks on Etsy. Really nice quality and available in several woods. He even makes one that holds two cakes - great for colorwork! =)


It’s Easy Being Green…
Check out the thrift stores for holiday plates to use for your baked gifts next year! I usually pay $1/ea and pick them up throughout the year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

stashless podcast episode 42: weekend of weaving!


Out of the Stash (FOs):

Previous FOs shown:
On their way out (WIPs):

(All project info can be found on the Ravelry project pages linked above.)
      
Future plans:
  • Getting it all in the mail! ;-)
  • Lots and LOTS of baking!


It’s Easy Being Green…

Have two bags handy when you clear up the aftermath of gift-opening - one for recyclables and one for trash. Super easy and a great way to cut down on the amount heading to the landfills! =)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

stashless podcast episode 41: with good intent


Episode 41 – 12/10/14 – with good intent

Just a short one this week, but two FOs! =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):

  • Sockhead Hat (free) by Kelly McClure using Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks North Pole in the Mery Mery colorway
  • Weekend socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel ($1 download) out of Jo-Ann Sensations Kashmira in purple stripes

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

stashless podcast episode 40: what's a day off?!


Episode 40 – 12/3/14 – what’s a day off?!

It’s been a month! Thanks to all of you who stuck with me through this unplanned longer break. 70-hr weeks tend to put a crimp in the crafting. :-/ It was good for the budget, but bad for everything else. Things have finally slowed down and I’ve recovered from being overworked and finally started playing with yarn again.

I hope everyone had an amazing, restful holiday weekend!

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • AfterMidnight scarf - woven on my Ashford SampleIt loom using Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks BFL Twister Sock in moon river
  • AccidentalPlushness scarf - woven on my Ashford SampleIt loom using Color Me Happy Happy and Round that was a happy accident (non-repeatable) and Plymouth Yarn Sinsation in black

On their way out (WIPs):
  • I wound up a bag full of dryer balls! These will be part of Christmas gifts along with lavender dryer bags, I just need to felt the balls and sew the bags. =)
  • PioneerBraid scarf (free) by Catherine Ryan using Patons North America Soy Wool Stripes in natural plum – This yarn has been in my stash since Reilly was a pup!
  • Lintilla by Martina Behm using Color Me Happy Really Happy Sock in fairy garden
  • Sockhead Hat (free) by Kelly McClure using Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks North Pole in the Mery Mery colorway
  • Waves ofAutumn scarf – woven on my Ashford SampleIt loom using the leftover Austermann Step in moss and Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks Lodge Sock in sweet potato pie using clasped weft technique

Stashed:           
  • I won a skein of Valley Yarns superwash merino/nylon in Leyden from Spinning a Yarn Monday with Fe. =) And it came with an awesome pumpkin knot bag!

Future plans:
  • Not working so dang much! ;-) And starting classes! =)

It’s Easy Being Green…
Hit up the bulk bins to avoid extra packaging and save some cash too! If you haven’t yet, definitely check out the bulk spices. You’ll be amazed how much less expensive they are and you can buy just the amount you’ll use in a reasonable amount of time and won’t waste those old spices when they’re no longer fresh. It’s a great way to try new things too since you can buy just a small amount.

I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show (podcast) every day while I work and just read his book, Total Money Makeover, last week. I’ve been doing fairly well, but decided I want to do better so I’ve set up a budget with a big goal in mind. I avoided all stores over the holiday weekend (online too). I closed my store cards, none I’d even used in about two years and am I’m making most Christmas gifts and I don’t need anything so it’s better to not even be tempted. Oh, and I'm tracking my budget and goals on Mint.com (free). ;-) 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

stashless podcast episode 39: better late than never?


Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • Just a little sewing the past couple weeks. I made up some cotton bags for my fiber stash storage. =)
  • Finished a braid of superwash merino/bamboo/nylon from Unwind Yarn Company in the AuroraBorealis colorway – 287 yds/4 oz
  • Prize added for the Good Karma CAL! 2 skeins of Schachenmayr orginal Boston plus a pattern for a stripey hat.

On their way out (WIPs):
  • TheVampyre, shawl pattern by Justyna Lorkowska, using my merino/silk/bamboo handspun
  • Working on 8 oz of Ferndale Fiber Potluck Roving in Mud Puddle – 1/3 done

Back in the Stash:
  • I frogged the Nostalgia Shawl and the two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn went back in the stash. I’ll start again with different yarn. I wasn’t loving the color combo and life’s too short to knit something I’m not loving. =)

Stashed:
  • Two bobbins for my Hansen! Guess who can now do a 3-ply without having to wind anything off! And I can work on more than one spinning project at a time!
  • 3 skeins from Color Me Happy! Check out the new group on Ravelry!

Future plans:
  • I’m also working on decreasing the stash again! Check out my stash page – lots and lots marked for sale and likely more to come!

It’s Easy Being Green…
Now that cooler temps have arrived in the northern hemisphere and windows and doors are shut, you might find you’re missing the fresh air circulating and eliminating any odors from pets or just a closed-up house. Most commercial air fresheners are loaded with nasty chemicals like formaldehyde, phenol, petroleum distillates and others that are known carcinogens or have negative effects on the nervous system and most only cover the odors, not eliminate them.
While there are some “green” alternatives on the market now, there are also a lot of DIY ways to freshen up your home even when opening a window isn’t an option. I mostly use baking soda, vinegar and organic lemon in my home, both for cleaning and odor reduction. I also use lavender sachets in my dryer and drawers for a chemical-free scent. ­Try real vanilla instead of a vanilla scented air freshener. Essential oils are another great alternative! Washing pet bedding (and the dog) helps too! ;-)

For more ideas: http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/green-air-fresheners.html