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Project #1 is Done!

Project #1 is Done

It is finished! Project #1 is done!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really dislike this hexi blanket. However, my family likes it so it will stay around. But I’m still really celebrating finishing this blanket…. so I’ll say it again:

Project #1 is Done!

Project #1 is done!

Lessons Learned

I learned a few things while working on it and thought these lessons might help you, too.

  1. If you start something and it feels wrong, stop until you figure out why it feels wrong!
  2. Finish all the squares, hexagons, motifs, etc, in a blanket before you start joining them. Especially in a scrap blanket. How you do the layout can make all the difference.
  3. Red is not always a great border color for scrap hexi blankets. White, black, gray, and navy all make great border colors for a join-as-you-go scrap blanket. Red often doesn’t do the blanket justice. (I think black would have worked much better.)
  4. It is ok to pin the motifs together with safety pins. This will help to keep you headed in the right direction.

This hexi blanket does have a redeeming quality: It is super soft and the perfect size for me to use while snuggling with one of the grandbabies on the couch while reading a book.

On to Project #2

Whew! I have finished the elephant in the line-up and I am now headed to greener pastures. The next project I am working on is this one shown below.

I have a collection of small granny squares and centers. I started these squares as samples while trying out new granny square patterns. They were fun to make, but not fun enough to make me want to crochet a blanket full of them.

It looks like I have an overabundance of purple squares, but really, there is a pretty good balance of all the colors. I am hoping it will turn out like this one (below) from several years ago. It will probably only be a lap-sized blanket.

scrap afghan

Off to Crochet!

This one will really go fast as I am starting with so many of the squares already about 4-5 rows completed. I like the bigger squares and will crochet them together with the white.

My plan is to get this one done this week and move on to another project that has been buzzing around in my head.

Send me photos of your projects and I will post them to facebook so we can show the world how much you are finishing!

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Use Your Stash 2017 First Project

Use Your Stash Challenge 2017, First Project

In my last post, I bared my soul and told you the dirty truth about HOW MUCH yarn and partially finished projects that I have in my stash. And seeing it all really has me wanting to use my stash first. As my first project sat there, staring me in the face, I felt myself becoming really overwhelmed. Then I thought, If I am overwhelmed, you probably are, too. Some of these yarns and projects have been around for years! (Which means I have spent years wondering why I bought this yarn, or why I thought starting that project was a good idea.) So I thought you might need a little encouragement to use your stash (like I do).

Motivation to Use Your Stash

Here is a list of ten motivators that will help you get started (if you haven’t yet).

  1. Follow Dave Ramsey’s advice and start with the project closest to being finished. Snowball your projects.
  2. Do the one you are in love with second! Start the hated project first and keep saying to yourself “When I’m done with this _______, I can work on that _______!”
  3. Start the one you dislike and tell yourself, “When I am done I will give this to_______.” Fill in the blank with a local charity or someone you know who is in need. Make sure your work is good–always do your best work when you plan to donate and bless someone!
  4. Set aside 15-minute increments throughout the day. Sit down and work for 15 minutes without stopping. Later in the day, do it again. You will be surprised at just how much progress you can make when you work this way.
  5. Put all your other projects away. Discipline yourself to only work on one project at a time.
  6. Take a ton of photos with your phone. Then you can actually see the progress you are making.
  7. Work while you visit with company or watch TV. This will help the time pass, and you won’t even notice, but you’ll get so much done!
  8. Minimize the complexity of the project–make it easier. Maybe the reason it’s been sitting in your stash is because it’s too hard for you to work on. Change the stitch, alter the pattern, use up scrap yarn; whatever it takes to get it done.
  9. Plan ‘craft dates’ with friends. You can work on your procrastinated project while visiting with friends. That’s a win-win!
  10. Just do it!

There are as many ways to plan your work and get started as there are people. Pick one that works for you and get on with it!

My First Project

Below is my most-hated project. This photo shows me I am making progress. (I can’t wait to get this finished!)

Use Your Stash

This is also my Snowball project. All I need to do is set out the hexi’s, attach them, and get the blanket almost square. I don’t know why, but It seems beyond me to get this done. The other day I was so frustrated with it that I had to put it down and walk away. I only have about 9 more hexi’s to add on. I’m also not sure that I like the colors but we will see how I feel when it is finished.

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Use Your Stash 2017 Work Line-Up

2017 Work Line-Up

You and I are eyewitnesses to the huge backlog of WIP’s and stash yarns. The enormous challenge sits right there, in front of us, taunting. The last remaining step as we get started is to create a “2017 Work Line-Up,” a step-by-step list of our work in the order of completion. As I said in an earlier post, I am working on the project which can be finished the quickest–this will give me some encouragement right from the start. It is also the biggest project, the one that I utterly dislike the most.

2017 Work Line-Up

Here is the line-up of projects I have decided to work on this year:

  1. Finish the Hexagonal Afghan.1st in my work line-up
  2. Take the odd granny squares and create an afghan from them.making something out of nothing
  3. Work the black granny squares into either an afghan or something else.#3 in my Work Line-Up
  4. Create a pillow cover with some previously-made squares (I actually have a pillow form that needs a cover). #4 in work line-up
  5. Finish a baby afghan that is sitting around waiting on time and energy.Baby afghan to finish
  6. Crochet my grandson a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat.
  7. Crochet a couple more baby afghans.
  8. Start on a corner-to-corner and get it finished.
  9. Crochet a bowl.

Grandiose Ideas

My list is long, and I know that I will never get them all done, but I sure can try my best! And imagine how great it’s going to feel as I accomplish each one!

My goal is to get these done quickly — use up stash yarn and get completed projects out of my work queue — as I need to make room for the new yarn I want to buy this year. This might not work out as I plan, but I am sure going to try!

There are odds-and-ends (projects) waiting on work here and there, such as hats that are half finished, which will work well in my take-along project bags.

I can already sense the rhythm of the work as it gets organized into a pattern of completion, and that will help me with this challenge.

Do Not Fail to Plan First!

Like all work, a little planning goes a long way. Until you get a plan in place, you will waste time going from one project to the next trying to decide what you should work on first. Either lay out the projects in the order you wish to work on them, or write down your plan of attack.

This feels a little like the Great British Bake Off! I started on the hexagon afghan on January 15. But, I’m a little flustered. I’ve ripped it out and crocheted it back together too many times in the past two days. Not exactly how I wanted to start the Challenge!

How is it going at your house? Leave a comment and let me know so I can cheer for you!

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Welcome to the Use Your Stash Challenge 2017

stash challenge 2017

Welcome to the Use Your Stash Challenge 2017!

I’m so thrilled you’ve decided to join us.

  • Are you ready?
  • Do you have your projects planned out?
  • Do you know what you will work on?

A Few Things to Keep in Mind for the Use Your Stash Challenge 2017:

  1. Go easy on yourself. Your yarn stash didn’t appear overnight! It will take more than one month to clean it out and use up a good portion of it.
  2. The truth is we really don’t want to get rid of it all; we just want to get it under control a little more than it has been.
  3. If you decide that one project for this month is all you can manage, then good for you! We’re not competing against each other.
  4. If you run out of yarn while working on a project, set it aside and move on to the next one. Do not buy more yarn!
  5. Life happens, in unexpected ways. If life starts filling up all your days, don’t worry about the challenge. Work on your stash when you can, even if it means being a month behind.
  6. This challenge isn’t to be a weapon to beat yourself over the head with–be nice to yourself (see #1)! This is a chance for each of us to look at all of our blessings and make something out of them to bless someone else.
  7. If you open a box and find a finished project you haven’t used in years, find someone else that will cherish it and give it to them!

Don’t Ignore Your Stash!

Stash Challenge 2017 -- Don't hide! Join us!

I started this challenge to bring attention to all of the craft supplies so many of us have hiding in our craft tubs, storage drawers, stash closets, and project bags. We don’t need to be like the ostrich that hides his head in the sand, or the guinea hens (in the above picture) hiding their heads. We need to approach the problem head on and use, reuse, or just bless someone else with our stash. In fact, many places will take your yarn or craft supplies off your hands. We will talk about those at the end of the Challenge.

(By the way, those birds do have heads they are just preening themselves. It looked so funny; I had to take the photo.)

I’m off to crochet! Talk to you later!

Karen