Stash Busting 2020, 6 Months In

In January, I wrote a post called 2020 Goals + What I’m Doing where I listed out some of my goals for this year. Two of those goals included decluttering my craft stash and buy nothing more to add to my craft stash until I use what I have. I figured it was time to share how it is going six months later.

This is What I’ve Finished

Set of Cotton Potholders

Cotton Potholders for a customer using the leftover cotton yarn from a previous order. When I ordered the yarn I calculated how much I would need for the order and then I added three extra balls of yarn to make sure I had plenty. She came back a few months later to order a set of potholders.

Socks

I’ve always wanted to crochet my own socks for winter. Something warm and cozy. I bought the sock yarn for in three different colors for Tiny T (my eldest daughter formerly known as Miss T) and a sock loom in 2018 with the plan to create these socks for Christmas. After struggling with the sock loom for a bit, I put these aside in frustration.

Later, I ran into this article about knitting flat socks and decided to try again, only this time I convert it into crochet (something that I have more experience with). I finished 3 pairs of socks in a month in 2 slightly different styles.

My biggest complaint about these socks were the ribbing at the top isn’t as tight as I would have liked. It’s something that I’m working to fix. Although, I’m looking to try knitting the flat socks on the sock loom or knitting needles next.

Snood out of an old beanie

Last month, I was cleaning out my craft stash and ran across this beanie that I’ve had since I was a teenager. I remember thinking that it was really cool when I bought it, but unlike the teens who wore them at the time, I looked ridiculous in it. So I packed it away with the thought that maybe one day I would create something from it.

The instant I uncovered it, I knew the project I wanted to create from it. I’ve always wanted a snood and with a little elastic, I had the perfect hair accessory for my long hair.

Bug Netting for Straw Hat

Last year, I bought this netting material for Mosquito Netting for my Straw Hat. I wanted something that would keep the bugs off my face while I’m working in the garden. I bought far too much for what I needed, and I changed the design 4 times. I finally finished it before I needed it for the year. Definitely a lifesaver last week!

Floral Needlepoint Pillow Cover

I bought myself two of these for Christmas last year to place on our couch. Since I couldn’t finish the cross stitch on my embroidery lap frame until I bought some gold thread, I decided to do this instead. I finished the first one around the first of May. I will have to buy cloth for the backing before I can completely finish it.

Venturing into Tablet Weaving

I ran across tablet weaving this year and decided to try my hand at it. Check out this video if you want to see what it is.

I wasn’t keen to hand over $30+ to buy the cards for a craft that I might not enjoy doing so instead made my own. My first set was from cardstock (on the left), but they ended up being too flimsy. So I made a second set from the extra lids of ice cream containers (on the right) that I keep for storage or the kids to play with.

Using some scrap thread that hubby’s grandma gave me years and years ago, I thought I would make Miss K a new bracelet. After a bit of work, I realized that somewhere along the way I had made a mistake so I tied it off and decided it would be a nice key fob.

I’ll try my hand at it again when I buy some thicker thread that doesn’t match so closely in color.

Knit Washcloths

Now I love the crochet ones that I’ve made in the past and would make a whole bunch of them if I didn’t have a shelf full of new washcloths from some relative who decided to unload her linen closet when she moved and thought it would be a great wedding gift for us. Fifteen years later, I’m still working through the stacks of dishcloths, hand towels, and drying towels that she gave us to add to the ones I have made and bought before her generous gift.

These washcloths are something that I usually give as gifts or sell in my shop, although they never seem to get to my shop before someone sees them and buys them. As I decided that I wanted to try my hand at knitting again, I decided to create a few knit washcloths.

Adventures in Shawlettes & Capelets

Using some wool blend yarn that I bought several years ago and that is now discontinued, I decided to try my hand making them into shawlettes. There are three different colors.

I happened upon this cute and free capelet pattern, the Breeze Capelet by Pamela Grossman, and decided to try it. As it was a knitted pattern I wasn’t sure how it would turn out as it has been over 25 years since I learned to knit. After a few false starts I got the hang of the stitches and I believe it turned out better than I thought it would and too date is the largest knitted project I’ve done.

My next project with the yarn was a crochet pattern named Nightfall from Anne Design Crochet. I started the pattern as it she wrote it, but somewhere along the way I modified it in the hopes of making the yarn last longer and the shawl bigger. It turned out to be more of a scarf or shawlette, and might be something that I frog later and find a new pattern for.

What I Broke Down & Bought

Now it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Some of the items I bought were for projects that I wanted to do for years while others were to finish some projects I started. I mentioned some above, the rest of the list is below.

Miss K’s Arizona Afghan

I started Miss K’s Afghan last Fall using the yarn that I bought for her two years ago. Part of the delay was that she kept changing her mind on what pattern she wanted, the other part was that I wanted to finish Tiny T’s afghan before starting a new one, and the last part is that I don’t like working on afghans during the summer-time.

The pattern is Arizona by Pippin Poppycock. I almost had this afghan finished before I ran low of yarn. I had to buy more yarn to finish this project. I bought more than I thought I would need as I didn’t want to run out again. Some of the yarn has been delivered, but half the order was back ordered so I’m still waiting.

Buttons & More Buttons

My mom is a sewist. Growing up there was always a lot of fabric, zippers, jars of buttons laying around. Due to her arthritis and age, my mom has been downsizing her stash. And I’ve gotten a big portion of it over the years, including her jars of buttons.

However, when I finished the Caplet and Shawl, I dug through my collection of buttons in the hope of finding something large enough for the project. I only found one, so I did have to buy buttons to finish them. I bought a enough to work for the other projects I have planned.

More Sock Yarn

After using my socks for several months, I ended up buying Wool-Free sock yarn to make more socks. Part of this decision was based on wanting more socks and the second was my feet reacting to the wool in the yarn I bought. However, I’ve since learned that blend on the yarn will most likely make my feet sweat which I don’t want so I might be making this into a shawl instead.

More Cotton Yarn

While I do have cotton yarn, I didn’t have the color I needed for 2 projects that I wanted to do. The first was a set of knit washcloths for a wedding gift along with a set of dish towels that I’m embroidering. The second project was a toy hammock for Miss K’s stuff animals.

Since I didn’t have the right colors for either project, I had to buy more yarn.


Wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman

3 thoughts on “Stash Busting 2020, 6 Months In

  1. Me too! I don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve loved them for the longest time. I thought for a time they were making a comeback in the late ’90s, but that fad died quickly. I tried looking for a pattern for one a several years back and couldn’t find anything I liked among the very few I did find. Then in the last few years, I’ve ran into dozens of patterns. Some I like the look of, while others not so much. 😀

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