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A Guide to Stash Yarn

Yarn in a stash can be split into generally four categories.

  1. Expendables:

    This is the yarn that you don’t necessarily want but can still prove itself useful. There’s the crappy acrylic that your friend gave to you because you knit, or are too frugal to pass up, the bad color combos that you can never pair with anything, usually also gifts or sales.
    It’s often kind of scratchy or acrylic back when acrylic yarn was a new thing and very stiff.

    Good for practice yarn, charity knitting, knitting on a budget

  2. Staple Stash:

    This yarn is probably what you actually want when you go to a craft store. It’s probably still washable and mostly acrylic but it’s soft and in nice colors. It’s the cereal part of your marshmallow cereal. But the call to knit it is often drowned out by the new shinies you got.
    You’ll knit it some day. But it’s usually pushed to the back in favor of

  3. Practically Finished Objects:

    Yarn that’s been paired up to a pattern and needles and are screaming KNIT ME NEXT PLEASEEEE OMG. But you can’t knit fast enough to keep up with it. These are usually pretty exciting, new and maybe recent stock from your LYS. Maybe a little nicer quality or maybe some of that old stash finally made its way up the queue.  

  4. Display Yarn:

    Display yarn is yarn from the stash deemed “too good” to ever knit. Maybe it’s exotic and you don’t know how you’ll ever find musk ox down again, maybe it was handspun that was really expensive and you don’t want to waste it on a bad project.
    Or maybe it’s sentimental, or was your first handspun yarn, and it seems like an FO all on it’s own.
    Or it literally looks better as yarn than it ever will as a scarf or sock.

    Either way maybe one day you’ll find a perfect project for it, but for now you’re happy just cuddling/admiring your precious gems.
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Just a few photo’s of embroidered pins, they’re all handembroidered needlepaintings of places I visited in Iceland, France, Portugal and back home in the Netherlands, embroidered with fine filament silk. They’re about 3.5 by 5 cm big and they’ll be for sale in a new(seperate from Raouken) Etsy shop soon :D I hope you like them! <3 If you do, you can follow their progress on Facebook at Vegvisir and on Instagram at vegvisir_embroidery

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etsyfindoftheday 2 | FRIDAY FRENZY | 3.24.17

DIY weaving items by handmakersfactory

this melbourne, australia-based etsy shop has a ton of fun DIY project-related items, great for crafters and handmakers alike! check out this pair of weaving finds: a mini weaving loom kit for do-it-yourselfers, plus a collection of naturally-dyed weaver’s yarn! pretty.

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They are complete! It took me an age to finish these socks, but as usual I hit a rut when working on the second sock. Second socks are just the worst, I always run out of steam when I get to them. Plus, these were super boring to knit since it was just stockinette stitch (I turned them inside out) Also, somehow, one of the socks is bigger than the other… despite my counting every row and measuring and trying to get things to match up. It is just my luck. I guess no two socks are alike… especially if I knit them.
I don’t really care though, because these socks are hella comfortable. I am wearing them right now and they are fantastic. Madeline Tosh knows what’s up when it comes to spinning some sock yarn. If you have the spare cash and love knitting yourself socks, it is worth the investment.

A Public Service Announcement from Gen. George S. Patton,

“97% of Americans do not get the minimum daily requirement of 28-38 grams of dietary fiber, which is necessary for digestive health, blood sugar maintenance, cholesterol maintenance, cancer prevention, and obesity prevention. 50% are Americans are severely deficient. SO EAT YOUR GODDAMN FIBER YOU STUPID FUCKS OR I WILL PERSONALLY SLAP YOU, GRAB YOU BY THE BALLS AND KICK YOU IN THE ASS!!!!”

I’m Back!
I took a little time off of posting because I was busy and tired, and not really working on anything exciting.
As you can see, my current projects haven’t really changed. The only new thing is my urgent need to start a baby project. I have a new niece being born at the end of the month, so I have to start something. The plan is to make it a few sizes bigger, so when I finally finish it and mail it, it will fit her perfectly.
Other than that I’m just whacking away at that sweater… the sleeves might be the death of me, or the sweater. They make for some sloooow knitting.

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etsyfindoftheday 1 | 1.10.17

wool fiber // roving, spinning by beesybee

wool and blended fibers are an essential in many types of crafting, and beesybee has both undyed and dyed options for anyone on the hunt. don’t these bundles look super-soft? :)

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Working on a ‘Needlepainting for Beginners’ embroidery pattern! I just embroidered the design and took all the pictures, now just to write it out and make it into a pattern :) It’s going to be part of a ‘needlepainting starter pack’ of three patterns that get a little bit more difficult with each one, this one being the first. They all use the same threads as a base and add a few more each time, so you don’t have to buy a whole bunch of new threads for every pattern and it’s easier to follow them along and teach yourself the basics of needlepainting :D What do you think?