plum texan: adventures in being me.

January 8, 2011

Delightful, delovely…destashing?

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I’m going to call two posts in less than a week vs. two posts in ten months a WIN for 2011 already. You may wonder if the world has tilted on its axis. My friends, I ask myself that same question all the time. ALL THE TIME. It’s probably a good thing right now, even though – or probably *because* – I’m about to start getting rid of things.

Herein applies Sub-theme 4, part B: Know when to *start* digging. This is the digging-out part, obviously. Over the last 10 years or so, with a lot of help, I have shed (in the most conscious/friendly ways possible) rather a great deal of furniture, unneeded clothes, books, and random personal detritus. Alas:

(A Metric S**t-ton) – (Rather a Great Deal) = Still Quite a Lot, Really

Therefore…especially if you’re close enough to me to have ever seen my house…you might understand the problem. Better is better, better may even be GREAT…but better is not DONE.

Well, DONE is still a long way away – but journey of a thousand steps, and all that. Since I can no longer make this long story short, I’ll just confirm that this does indeed mean I will begin some destashing very soon.

I sense a few of you may be hyperventilating now. Here, have a cute cat picture.

Tank and Stella canoodling

Tank and Stella canoodle in the living room

Better? Let’s continue. Now, as a somewhat scatterbrained fiber artist, I wouldn’t say I’ve achieved SABLE*, but the yarn stash, she is considerable – and my knitting and crocheting, she’s not that prolific. And I know there’s a lot of great fiber that I just won’t use. So away it shall go.

Further, I’ve long had the bad habit of getting a bee in my bonnet to do some non-fiber craft project or another (or several), acquiring the accoutrements, and then…yeeeeeah, nothing, or halfway. This is going to require a LOT of sorting, since I know I have things that I can use to accomplish my Retro! and DIY goals – but some more great stuff will go up when I get through those, too.

So this is me, placing a specific intention out there for the whole Universe to see. I will, within the first quarter of 2011, begin sorting through my entire crafty stash and releasing those things that could be of more use to someone else.

(Note of advice to knitters: You may have any of my Sea Silk or my Claudia Handpainted…when you pry it from my cold dead hands. Please remember that all my needles are sharp and metal. *cheerful grin*)

I’m presently considering options on how to sell the Good Stuff. It would be obvious enough to post it here, though some wrangling might be required. There’s also the possibility of listing it on ArtFire: free, simple checkout, no registration required to purchase. I might use Ravelry listings, but that would only work for yarn and I’d like to minimize double work. Anyone have other suggestions?

The rest of my weekend holds some cooking for the week, laundry, and my initial foray into the destashing pool.  I’m not the best of swimmers, so should I be able to wade out the other end…y’all will be the first to know.

* For the non-fibery: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.
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10 Comments »

  1. OMG, I’d never heard of SABLE but I totally identify, even tho’ I don’t do fiber – just lots of other things. *adding that to my collection of useful acronyms*

    Comment by Lisa H. — January 8, 2011 @ 11:00 pm |Reply

    • Hee! Well, of course it applies to anything that one might stash. :) Do I recall correctly that you do polymer clay? That’s one I’m having to put off for down the road…

      Comment by plumtexan — January 9, 2011 @ 12:20 am |Reply

      • Polymer clay is a bottomless pit of tools and other go-withs – and it is a good teacher of humility. You can do really simple things and have decent results – but as soon as you get started you see all the gorgeous possibilities – and quickly learn that you will have to endure a serious learning curve in order to achieve those results. I am but an egg. :)

        Comment by Lisa H. — January 9, 2011 @ 12:28 am

      • I don’t doubt any of that! For now, that’s one area where I’m perfectly happy to let someone else take the reins.

        Comment by plumtexan — January 9, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Awesome post and I so like learning about STASH. I look forward to see how your project goes. You can do it!!!

    Comment by Wendy — January 9, 2011 @ 7:58 pm |Reply

    • :) I may still need your help at some point…but in any case, I know I can make some headway soon! Thanks hon, love ya!

      Comment by plumtexan — January 9, 2011 @ 9:32 pm |Reply

  3. Opps! I meant SABLE :)

    Comment by Wendy — January 9, 2011 @ 8:00 pm |Reply

  4. Destashing?? What? Have you lost your mind??

    I keed! I keed!

    I actually have been attempting to destash as well. It has a long way to go, but ya know. Oh, mayhap you want some silk lace? BMFA?

    ;)

    Comment by Amy — January 14, 2011 @ 10:04 pm |Reply

    • You temptress, you! But I figure if I’m getting rid of a few dozen skeins of bulky synthetics…I can make room for one or two of silk lace… :D

      Comment by plumtexan — January 15, 2011 @ 11:48 pm |Reply

  5. good luck. i keep trying to do a 1 yard in 2+ yards out exchange. i was doing well until i fell hard for some laceweight. ;)

    Comment by penny — February 4, 2011 @ 9:40 am |Reply


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