Thursday, July 9, 2009

Building The Stash.

I've been sewing for many years now so my stash is quite substantial.

I've picked up bits and pieces all over the place. 

I know the sort of sewer I am that I need to be prepared for when inspiration hits and what particular materials I will need for my next project.

So I have plenty of fabric of all different weights, some printed, some plain, some new, some vintage.

I have lots of different coloured cottons.

Zillions of zips of different lengths, colours and weights.

Bias binding,

And elastic.

Then there are the desk drawers full of bits and bobs.

See what I mean?
I'm well set up for whatever new sewing project takes my fancy.

So the question I'm asking is; how does one build a wool stash?

I have a few bits of balls of wool left over from Jazzy's blanket. Bren's Mum gave me some of her leftovers and there's some unidentified bits and pieces rolling around.

But when I'm sitting in front of the fire at night and I pull out my hook to get started, there's not the materials needed to complete anything substantial.

When I read a tutorial for a groovy beanie, scarf or vest I'm unprepared.

So tell me you yarn lovers out there, is it something organic that just happens or are there some necessities that every stash should have? What is the fat quarter of the yarn world?


  1. So sorry, I am but a new knitter/crocheter and my "stash" is a meager 3 balls of yarn : )!! However, when I read the musings of other knitter/crocheters, it seems that the more you knit/crochet, the more you have extras leftover. The more you visit yarn shops and take advantage of sales, the more you add. I'm convinced it takes time!

  2. OK, I have (barely) finished salivating over your sewing stash but I agree with Shelley. Actually, I stash wool the same as I would fabrics. If I love em and have half an inkling what they will become (and therefore a reasonable guess at how much I'll need), I go for it. And the granny square was invented as the quilting equivalent for all the left over odds and sods!

  3. The secret to a wool stash, is specials!!!! whenever you are in town pop in to lincraft or spotlight and collect up any of the special stock. You can often get 100g for about $5-$6 (double check the prickle factor, put in under you chin for a test). I often get my wool from the opp shops. If they don't have a label to indicate wool or acrylic pop over to my blog and there is a simple test you can do. Oooh if you get on to bendigo woolen mills you can mail order. Warning its like a good lollie shop, once you start its hard to turn away......Good luck

  4. I didn't realise that you'd started a non-farm blog. I'm a bit behind the times.

    I seem to buy wool for a particular project and then don't get around to the project and thus a stash is born. I also sometimes just buy wool and never less than two balls of each colour. In no time at all I've grown a huge basket of wool.

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