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Taming the yarn

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The DK acrylic stash was tipped out onto my sewing table yesterday so that I could wind it up into magic balls. I excluded the fairly intact cakes of Lion Brand Mandala and two balls of Bamboo Pop, and the cottons.

It took me hours. Maybe six? A couple of hours in the morning, followed by a walk and a coffee at a local coffee shop, then another couple of hours, then dinner, then another couple of hours. I even recaked the ones I had wound previously so I could retie the magic knots and detangle.

The very satisfying result! 30 cakes of varying size weighing a total of 2440 grams. This equates to approximately 7173 metres of yarn!

Today, I swatch for a new project.

Flash your Stash 2023

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Flash your Stash 2023

Every year on Ravelry there’s a Flash your Stash thread in the Yarn and Fibre forum. As no one else had started one by today, I did it myself!

It’s already attracting some flashers and as I spent a happy hour in my sewing room pulling everything out to take photos for that thread I thought I’d blog about it too.

I grouped things for separate photos as the stash wouldn’t fit on my sewing room table all in one go! I started with my cardigan-in-progress and the ongoing dishcloth project.

I have three sweaters planned for the coming months. No specific patterns picked out, but my brain is turning over ideas in the background. From left to right: Scheepjes Truly Scrumptious, Wendy Husky Super Chunky, Michaels’ Craftsmart.

This pic is mostly plant fibres and blends. The packs of white cotton were bought for dyeing. I did a bit but then forgot about it for a few years. The colourful balls top left are my new ones, Scheepjes Softfun.

These are worsted weight acrylics that aren’t dedicated to a particular project. The Craftsmart skeins on the left would work well for a blanket sometime. The grey ones are what’s left from my recent sweater and beanie. The two big cakes are new (J√§rbo Cookie).

And then there’s all this DK. A lot of Stylecraft Special, some Lion Brand Mandala, etc. Plus my new Universe Christmas cake on the left which didn’t really fit in any group.

I need to plan a stash/scrapbusting blanket or something because these DK yarns have been hanging around for far too long. Maybe with a big hook and multiple strands.

The first day of a new year does seem to focus the mind on organisation. I asked ds3 if he would move all the Lego (we have a LOT) from the family room to its usual spot under ds2’s bed. He did it and has proceeded to clean up a lot of other stuff in there. This is great because we have fitness equipment in there and we needed more room to use it.

I’ve decided it’s time to get rid of the piano, and ds1 has an electric guitar that’s been sitting gathering dust for years.

Tomorrow is housework day. The Christmas tree is shedding needles like mad so I’m going to vacuum (again) and will plan to say goodbye to it next weekend.