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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





Thursday, October 16, 2014

stashless podcast episode 38: ends and new beginnings


Episode 38 – 10/15/14 – ends and new beginnings

Classes have started! =) Due to my busier schedule, recording will now be every other week so I’ll actually have progress to share.

Out of the Stash (FOs):

On their way out (WIPs):
  • Nostalgia Shawl, pattern by Elena Nodel, using two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn
  • The Vampyre, shawl pattern by Justyna Lorkowska, using my merino/silk/bamboo handspun

Stashed:
  • Loop batt won from the Fibre Town podcast! 5.1 oz of merino/nylon/Angelina in Box of Chocolates!

Future plans:

It’s Easy Being Green…
Green your holiday!
  • Instead of buying plastic treat bags or buckets, look for (or make) a fabric bag or use a pillow case or a reusable bag you already have around.
  • Instead of inexpensive plastic costumes that barely make it through one wearing, check out the thrift stores, your (or family’s or friend’s) attic or recycle materials like cardboard and fabric to make your costume. For a quicker option, you can always rent!
  •  Need make-up for your costume? Check out this link for some natural face paints and this blog for some great DIY options like fake skin to make warts/wounds.
  • Reuse your decorations from years past instead of buying new each year or recycle natural elements like leaves, corn stalks, pumpkins/gourds and apples to decorate.
  •  Use soy candles in your pumpkins instead of petroleum-based paraffin wax candles.

This episode ends on a low note. I try to keep the podcast upbeat, but this is real life and life isn’t always happy. =(

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

episode 37: happy Fall y'all!


First up, we have our winners for the Fudge Ripple KAL!

A new Craft-along starts today! The Good Karma craft-along is for anything you craft that’s charity-related. This includes anything you craft and donate to charity or anything made from yarn that the proceeds went to charity! =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):

On their way out (WIPs):
  • Autumn Leaves Leftie – pattern by Martina Behm, using Araucania Ranco Solid in sapphire and Louet Gems hand-dyed by me last year

Stashed:
  • V Yarn in the Scops base, Valar Margoulis colorway won from The Sampler Girl podcast. Thanks, Tanya! =)

Future plans:
  • Nostalgia Shawl, pattern by Elena Nodel, using two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn form The Black Sheep Cottage picked up a the Hoosier Hills Fiberarts Festival in Indiana back in 2010

It’s Easy Being Green…
If you don’t already have one, put in a programmable thermostat and set the temperature lower while you’re sleeping and while you’re away from home to save on energy and heating costs!