Tag Archives: stash

Cultivate & Create: Episode 22

WIPs

Something I want: Hot Chocolate 15K in St. Louis (Dec. 11, not the 18)

Something I need: New Knitflix shows!!!

Something to wear

Something to read: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

The Girl Who Crafted giveaway winner!!

  • Discount code: Cultivate2016
  • Lily Blue colorway on your choice of base
  • Visit Sari’s shop
  • What other fandoms and characters would you like to see?
  • Must be a member of the group

Creepy, Crawly Critter KAL!! with Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin

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Cultivate & Create: Episode 21

Shoonanigans!

Finished Object!!

  • Kisses by the Sea by Joji Locatelli in Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the Tea Cup, Rusted Nail, and Raven colorways. Such a fast knit!!

WIPs

Something I want: A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co.

Something I need

  • Slow down!!
  • Good knitting friends and test knitters for critique

Something to wear: Filament by Anne Podlesak and Kathleen Dames

Something to read:

The Girl Who Crafted giveaway!!

  • Discount code: Cultivate2016
  • Lily Blue colorway on your choice of base
  • Visit Sari’s shop
  • What other fandoms and characters would you like to see?
  • Must be a member of the group

Creepy, Crawly Critter KAL!! with Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin

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Cultivate & Create: Episode 19

Check out the Wild Wild West Mini Cowl by @yumiyarns!! Perfect for the #scowlkal2016, and she's given us a coupon code. Check out the Ravelry group or the latest episode! @yumiyarns with @repostapp ??? I'm completely in love with this yarn from @thedyeingApologies!!! to Shaina Scott (Yumi Yarns)! We're not heathens. Not at all. #graysongram #beefitswhatsfordinnerShoonanigans!

Something I want: a Yarnit

Something I need: back to the Bullet Journal

  • time-sensitive appointments in Google calendar
  • monthly goals/plans/to-dos in bujo
  • need the tangible checklist
  • brain dump!!

Something to wear: sweater-weather is coming!

Leading Men Fiber Arts Dramaturg (DK)Untitled

Oink Pigments Oink WorstedUntitled

Finishing Patricia’s Song by Kelene Kinnersley in The Lemonade Shop Simple Sock in the Truly Outrageous colorway.

Something to read: picture book edition

#knittingismyhappyplace

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Cultivate & Create: Episode 16

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Shoonanigans!!

Yarnify!

FOs!!

Currently Knitting

Seeds to Flowers Cowl by Kristina Vilimaite in Another Crafty Girl Oh! Shiny Sock in It’s the American Way for the #scowlKAL2016.

Seeeekrit test knit for Lucia

Something I want: More shelving and organization for my yarn cave!!

Something I need: a good place to block

Something to wear: Line Break by Veera Valimaki knit by my momma in The Copper Corgi Savannah Sock in Grilled Eggplant and Oh! Loops Ascot in Vintage Lace

Something to read:

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

#scowlKAL2016Keep scowling away!! Let’s discuss in the Ravelry group

Wild Wild West Mini Cowl coupon code: scowlkal2016 — Good Golly Gorgeous!!!!

One Twisted Tree winner!!

Cultivate & Create: Episode 10


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Halfway through my second March sock, and I can't get "Living on a Prayer" out of my head. That's #widn, @kelbyquin. #thesecondannualdvdmonthlysockclubCurrently Knitting

  Where to start?? I've been anxiously awaiting both these books. And I'm ready to cast on Shard for the #acgshardkal

Something I want: Let’s talk socks!

Something I need: Travel knitting plans!!

  • Desert Vista Dyeworks April socks…or…a variety??

Something to wear: Old Salt by Chrissy Prange

Something to read:

I seriously have a problem: What do I read next? This is just the bedroom #tbr pile. #nothoardingjustcollecting

Make sure you listen to Episode 5, Episode 7, and Episode 9 to hear if you won!!

Stash Guilt?

This past weekend I spent some time organizing and taking inventory of my stash. I started taking photos of some new (and not-so-new) skeins to upload to Ravelry and had a twinge of guilt for my wool-piggery, but then I caught myself. Why? Why should I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy?

I was tagged by @thereadingknitter for #widn. I have a cold, so I'm going to my happy yarny place and cataloging some new stash (and maybe casting on a new project--or two). I can always count on @yarnhoarder and @swordofaknitter to take me to a happy yarMy stash has become somewhat of a joke among my knitting group and my family. Last year I had a purge and put the spoils out for my knitting friends to take, and I often give yarn to my mom (which often results in my getting a knitted gift in return). Chris, my husband, calls it “his investment”. A few weeks ago, Chris and I were talking about our will, and I joked that I’m making a friend an executor of my yarn. He told me that, no, he’d be putting it up on eBay or Etsy. I know he was joking, but I felt a flare of anger as silly as that sounds. The idea of my stash being sold off without care really bothered me. My yarn brings me joy, each skein, and I enjoy sharing that joy when a skein no longer speaks to me. I suppose this brings me back to my initial thought: Why do I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy? The answer seems to be that I feel like I should. I often hear knitters talk about their stash with that tone…that guilty tone, like we’re doing something wrong because we indulge ourselves. You hear it at retreats and fiber fairs a lot. My #stitchesmidwest2015 haul. I was deliberate in my purchases, but I forgot to pick up another @kitchencountercrafter needle-minder. Clearly, I'll have to hit up @javajennie when she gets home.

Well, I’m done with that tone. I have a well-curated stash, and I’m proud of it. When I see a new pattern on Ravelry or Instagram, and I’m feeling knitspired, I know I can go upstairs, dig through my yarn, and find the perfect skein. I recognize that isn’t for everyone. Some knitters function better by buying only for planned projects, and that works for them. That makes them happy. But for me, I like that my yarn room overfloweth, and I don’t want to feel badly about that.

My lights are still on, my son is fed, and my yarn brings me joy. So I’m standing up (figuratively) and saying, I’m Sarah. I have a large stash. And I’m proud of it.