Using the stash

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I keep thinking I’ll have a huge sort out of my fabric stash as well as my yarn stash. It’s not quite happened yet. However, as I am thinking about it, idly looking through boxes, moving things about mostly rather than having a ‘keep it’ or ‘lose it’ pile. I am discovering fabrics I’d forgotten all about. After this lockdown I will truly be reconsidering my buying habits. Much of my stash was acquired when I worked in either haberdashery or yarn companies – treats to myself, usually at discounted rates – well, who could resist?! I also love a knit and/or stitch fair and there are bargains to be had or things you have never seen before – with a little encouragement from friends I often come back from one of those with treats too (who am I kidding, I don’t need encouragement).

Last week I was enjoying sunny weather, bestowing the fact it was a good day to dry laundry on the clothes line (little things make me happy). Sadly the bag that holds my pegs decided she’d had enough and fell apart leaving pegs strewn about the lawn and me scrabbling around picking them up. I’d made it several years ago, decorated with my first attempt at free motion embroidery and I remember it had been a nightmare to construct to not get the pocket with it’s picture inside out. So what better time to make another one – use up some of my stash perhaps? It’s not as if I have plans to go anywhere right now (ground hog day, going a little crazy at times).

I had a pile of upholstery/thicker than cotton/non stretch fabrics. I bought this one at the Alexandra Palace Stitch and Knitting Show two years ago. Perfect! And for once a project worked first time and I love it. It was simple I know, but making something inside out and pulling it through a hole from one side to another often phases me, especially if I’ve then still got to insert something inside to enhance it- on this occasion a hanger! I have had chronic bag making fails which involved a lot of unpicking seams.

Perhaps not the most interesting ‘show and tell’ but I have used some of my stash and it’s useful too!

Then there was a dive into my yarn stash. Another new family baby due this summer. You might not be able to see the subtle differences in this photo but there is a pale grey and pale minty green hoodie on it’s way for a baby boy. I possibly would not have selected these two together but they work nicely.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lockdown makes. I have a good friend involved in a community project making a quilt during this corona virus lockdown – they are searching for a name for it that sounds inspiring and thoughtful rather than sad and depressing. Any thoughts anyone?

9 thoughts on “Using the stash

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    April 28, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Great to see you using some stash fabric and yarn. Maybe today’s rain will get you more in the mood for a complete sort through.

      tinaor responded:
      April 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

      I knuckled down and did a little more sewing and a little ripping back of a wonky knitting project, then a reknit. Sorting out took a little backburner again unless you count the one piece of fabric, offcuts from curtain making eons ago, which made it to a recycling bag!

        Dartmoor Yarns said:
        April 29, 2020 at 10:34 am

        Maybe you call that a step in the right direction 😉

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    That is a great bag, and a great use of stash! It is very cute, and looks functional too 🙂 And the baby sweater is very cute too!

      tinaor responded:
      April 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thank you. I am only doing the first size baby hoodie – hope he isn’t too big when he’s born – I’d like to see a photo of him in it at least once! Reminds me of when I made a preemie cardigan for another niece’s baby due three years ago – she’d been warned she wouldn’t go full term/baby was tiny etc. Ha ha – she was born at term and my first knit never fitted!

        quiteayarnblog said:
        April 29, 2020 at 3:19 pm

        While that was good for the baby, what a shame for your handknit!

        tinaor responded:
        April 29, 2020 at 6:37 pm

        I know! And the next baby born in the family was a biggie too!

    tierneycreates said:
    April 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    “After this lockdown I will truly be reconsidering my buying habits.” – I feel the same way! Glad you are using your stash. That is going to be a sweet hoodie for the new baby!

      tinaor responded:
      April 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thank you. I am rather shocked at how much ‘stuff’ I have that I can use!

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