Show notes for Episode 48: Parts 1 and 2

Thank you:

  • Angie, aka LoriAngela for the children’s books
  • Kimberlyn, aka bungalow312 for the future prize donation
  • Elizabeth, Dille & Rose for $$$ donations!! You guys make this all possible!

Giveaway:

We drew for our “New Sock Knitter” FO thread and the random number generator picked post # 7 who is SueBar60. Congratulations, Sue! Contact Stacie and she will send you your Fox in Rainbow Socks bag, courtesy of Anne of Little Skein in the Big Wool.

Stitch Surfer KAL:

Our Stitch Surfer KAL has officially ended. We drew from the FO thread and these were the winners:

  • bag from Diane of The Knotted Bag – post # 2 who is kellifer
  • bag from Melissa of Ploverbird – post # 29 who is pebbles3
  • bag from Melissa of Ploverbird- post # 4 who is sarahmontie
  • bag from Michelle of Studio in the Green – post # 15 who is quiltnknitgirl
  • Kangaroo Dyer yarn from an Anonymous Stasher – post # 7 who is DaisyKnitsAlot
  • Three Irish Girls yarn from an Anonymous Stasher – post # 24 who is Soimilk
  • Sweet Georgia Yarn from an Anonymous Stasher – post # 22 who is Silwen

Thank you to all our generous prize donors and thanks to all of you for participating!

Tour de Fleece:

Team Must Stash rode again! TdF is wrapping up, but you can still join us in the chat thread and we have an official FO thread where you can post pictures of your accomplishments, whatever they may be. We have a couple of prizes to give away including some Manos Fiber, c/o Stitch Craft Marketing, and a PDF copy of Milady’s Cowl, c/o Snug Knits. Thank you as always to our generous prize donors! We will draw prizes during Episode 49.

Knitting:

Stacie is working on:

Steph is working on:

Finished Objects:

Stacie finished:

Steph finished:

Spinning:

Stacie is spinning:

  • Dawning Dreams

Steph is spinning:

Stash Enhancements:

Too much to list! We are wool piggies! Ask in the group if you have a question about something specific. :)

Miscellaneous:

Tour de Fleece

Super Summer KniTogether

Amy Herzog on Craftsy

Have a Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI?) Try this!

The mannequin behind us wore Buttony.

Steph wore her Keynote.

Find us at:

Twitter: MustStashSheep & SeeStephKnit

Ravelry: Freeflower & SupaSteph

Facebook: Must Stash Shop

Instagram: MustStashSheep & seestephknit

Ravelry: Must Stash Podcast Group 

iTunes: Must Stash Podcast

Stash Flash Wrap-up: Tools, Bags, and WIPs

Check out the other posts on Stash Flash: Stacie flashed her stash in a mini-episode here, and Steph wrote about hers here and here.

Well, June is coming to a close, which means our first “Stash Flash” will also be formally ending. Although, I imagine many of you are like me and haven’t accomplished everything you wanted to do. No worries! We can continue the discussion for as long as you like over in our Ravelry group.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have slowly started to figure out how I want my tools and project bags organized. Let’s start with tools.

Last time you saw these drawers, they looked like this:

Stash Flash 24  Stash Flash 25

Now they look like this:

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I used plastic shoe boxes that fit nicely in the drawer, so it’s easier to pull out everything at once and dig through. Also, things are easier to see this way vs stacked on top of each other, and they don’t get all jumbled around. Let’s talk about the “Knitting” drawer first:

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A smaller, clear plastic box houses my sock needles. One cardboard tube is for my size 1s and the other is for my 1.5 needles. If I still had some packages, I went ahead and used them, so they are all resting on the bottom. That way I can remember what brand is what (I’m picky that way!) Quite a few of my sock needles are on projects right now.

I had some plastic pencil boxes lying around, so the pink box is for all of my other DPNs. I bundled them up using small rubber bands according to size. I’m not sure how long that will last, but at least they are all in one box.

The green one is for my miscellaneous circular needles. Luckily, I had saved most of the packages, so I can easily identify sizes and brands.

The pencil boxes fit nicely with my ChiaoGoo interchangeable set resting on the end.

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Behind that shoe box I have another shoe box for all my notions, stitch markers, extra notions bags, and a few miscellaneous items.

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The robot bag contains the majority of my stitch marker collection. I like re-using Altoids tins – they are perfect sizes for stitch markers.

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The hot air balloon notions bag is what I usually carry around in my knitting bag. It has my basic essentials: small scale, WPI card, stitch markers, darning needles, needle gauge, tape measure, crochet hook, scissors, lotion, lip balm, and a pen.

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The other drawer is for all extraneous spinning stuff.

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I’ve got empty storage bobbins on one side, again in their own box for easy access. The other box is yet another shoe box and it contains: empty tags for handspun, my spinning wheel bag with oil, string, hooks, etc, string for tying up hanks, extra singles for practicing chain plying, a hole punch (for making tags), and Wood Beams. Also in the box, I have my lazy kate and papers for my wheel.

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I went ahead and took the brilliant idea from Celestya22, and many others in our group, and decided to hang up some empty project bags. I found an empty space in my closet and used some reusable hooks that stick to the wall.

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I used to store all my buttons and pins on the outsides of my notions bags, but when I found a pretty bulletin board on clearance, I decided to do this instead:

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And then, finally, I have some WIPs storage. I’ve got two baskets with knitting WIPs and one basket for my wheel spinning WIPs. This way when I’m going to go to knitting group or to Stacie’s to podcast, I can grab a basket, re-arrange WIPs if necessary, and go!

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While I haven’t finished yet, I’m pretty happy with everything I did accomplish this month. My yarn stash was in pretty good shape, though it could still use a bit of organizing. Ideally, I’d like to still stash down a bit more and do some “touch-up” organizing as the stash shrinks. I’ll be focusing on that the rest of the year, as well as maintain the current setup I’ve shown you all on the blog.

I hope everyone has accomplished what they wanted to for the month and if not, let’s chat about it on the board. Don’t forget to “Embrace the Stash!”

Shownotes for Episode 47: The Old Off and On Again

On our radar:

Giveaway:

We are letting our current giveaway ride a bit longer due to the delay in uploading the last episode. We asked that new sock knitters who recently completed their first pair of socks post pictures of their finished socks in order to enter to win a special Fox in Rainbow Socks bag donated by Anne of Little Skein in the Big Wool. Remember that WIPs counted — as long as you finished your very first pair of socks during May 2014, it doesn’t matter when you cast them on.

Stitch Surfer KAL:

Our Stitch Surfer KAL runs from May 15 until June 30. Use the hashtag #sskal14 on Ravelry and on social media. Post your FOs in this thread and chatter away in this thread.

Prizes will include: a bag from Diane of The Knotted Bag, 2 bags from Melissa of Ploverbird, a bag from Michelle of Studio in the Green, and yarn from an Anonymous Stasher: Kangaroo Dyer, Three Irish Girls, and Sweet Georgia Yarn. Thank you to all our generous prize donors!

Stash Flash:

Keep on flashing your stash! You can chit chat about your goals and share pictures here in our chat thread. Use the hashtag #stashflash2014 on Ravelry and social media. In addition, Stacie flashed her stash in this video and Steph flashed her stash in this blog post and this blog post.

Knitting:

Stacie is working on:

  • Vanilla Sock in Must Stash Perfect Sock “Martian Rainbow”
  • Vanilla Sock in Must Stash Perfect Sock “Sesame Sock”

Steph is working on:

Spinning:

Steph is spinning:

Steph finished spinning:

Stash Enhancements:

Steph stashed:

Bag Ladies:

This seems to be a re-occurring question, so we’ll try and link to all the project bags we used in the show:

Miscellaneous:

Tour de Fleece

Team Sasquatch

Stash Dash info

The mannequin over Stacie’s shoulder wore Buttony.

Find us at:

Twitter: MustStashSheep & SeeStephKnit

Ravelry: Freeflower & SupaSteph

Facebook: Must Stash Shop

Instagram: MustStashSheep & seestephknit

Ravelry: Must Stash Podcast Group 

iTunes: Must Stash Podcast

Stash Flash: Steph does a wee bit of re-organizing

Last week, I showed you the current state of my stash. As I said before, it was pretty well organized, but it had some trouble spots. One of the trouble spots was the top of the armoire. It was okay, but not ideal. I also didn’t have a dedicated spot for my spindle WIPs or my fiber prep tools.

Stash Flash 17

Now it looks like this:

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I went to the store and found an expandable wire shelf, which was meant for a pantry or cabinet. I also found 4 shoe boxes that fit well underneath the shelf.

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The jars are the exact same, but now that they are sitting on the shelf, I have room for so much more. It’s become a dedicated spot for some spinning WIPs.

From left to right, we have:

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empty spindles and practice fiber, turkish WIP, silk WIP, sweater WIP

I like that each WIP has it’s own space and that the boxes are clear. And rather than have them in open baskets, as they were previously, these boxes have lids to keep out dust, which is important if you are a slow spinner like I am.

I also cleared out the space behind the jars and moved all non-fiber contents out. I re-purposed some baskets for all my fiber prep tools and other things I need to to stay organized.

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view from the left, view from the right

In the baskets, I have:

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carders and dowels, storage bags and label maker, needle felting and wool leftovers, empty baskets

When I was cleaning out the top of the armoire, I found a pair of handspun socks that I had thrown up there because looking at them hurt my heart. One sock had a washing machine mishap and was felted. I was ready to throw them away, but someone on Instagram suggested I save them for a felting project. And then I found my needle felting kit! So the socks now live with all the extra pieces of random roving and discarded wool that will one day be turned into… something.

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The socks of doom. It still hurts a bit.

Now that all of my fiber prep tools are in one spot and I know where all my spindles are, it will be time to tackle my tools soon. Hope everyone is having fun with their stash!