Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Mishmash

Paco is getting famous!  He was featured on the Manos del Uruguay Yarns Facebook page recently:
I guess I need to knit faster so Paco can model more!

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It's recommended that knitters "toss" their stash (of yarn) periodically - when I first read this, I was aghast - throw away my yarn??  Are they kidding??  Well, no - it's just another knitter term that I was unfamiliar with...it means to take everything out from however you are storing it and make sure there's no moths, plus you can shake the dust off (or dog fur, which is more likely in my case).  I don't have a huge stash of yarn, and I'm pretty organized, but between a few yarn orders that recently came in, along with my digging around to find yarn for certain projects, it was time to toss my stash.  Here it is beforehand:
Just a wee bit messy...
I'd also just received my order of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P., so I needed to find a spot for it.
Colorways, left to right:  Medieval, Mandala, Shire, Amber Trinket
 
After - organized mostly by yarn weight, although I also went by color (blues and purples on the far left cubbie).  

I'm trying to not hoard yarn, or think of it as "too nice" for certain projects - for example, I have a couple skeins of pashmina, which is incredibly soft and luxurious (and was a little more expensive).  I've had them for months now, and I need to relax my hold on them - I can't be the only knitter who squeezes certain yarns, thinking "my precious"  - can I?

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Paco is on the lookout for the Easter Bunny...

Have a great weekend - Happy Easter!

15 comments:

  1. Wow Paco! Bella is totally in love, she has a thing for famous dogs :)

    I don't knit anymore but if I did and had a storage like you, just looking at it would made me happy: so many things to make with it.
    I do have that sometimes with my cook books, just looking at them and knowing there are so many new recipes to explore makes me happy.

    Happy Easter to you and Paco from Bella and me.

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  2. Wow, Paco is famous!!! I hope all the attention doesn't go straight to his head :)

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  3. Paco is my very favorite model on the face of the earth. True story.

    I am so laughing at you holding that yarn and thinking, "no way am I using it"... I think we can all be a bit hoardish with the things we really love. Ummmm let's just say I can be an offender and it started young. When I was about 12 my mom was giving a whole set of china. After we'd had it about a year (and used it 2X) mom started using it every single Sunday!! Of course that was making me itch so I asked her why would she take the chance that it would get broken? She simply said she wanted to enjoy her things on a regular basis while she was living vs. never using them only to reach old age and give them away in pristine condition. I try not to forget that.

    Happy Easter to Paco (and you too)!

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    1. My mom started using her sterling silver flatware every day, a good 25 years ago...definitely nice to use the stuff rather than, as you mom so aptly put it, end up with a pristine collection - where's the fun in that?

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  4. We have different ideas of messy because your before pic doesn't look
    all that messy to me:) Paco is the cutest model ever of course!
    Here's hoping you all have a great Easter.

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  5. I love your little organization center there! Is that stuffed dog on your shelf famous too? I just ask cus I saw a movie last night and saw that same stuffed dog in the child's room!

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    1. I got the dog as part of a huge gift bag from MINI when I bought my new car - their mascot is the bulldog. This one has a MINI kerchief around his neck. I have to keep him up high because Paco thinks all stuffed animals are his and likes to eviscerate them.

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  6. Everytime I see your yarn center, I want more Ikea cubbies! I'd never heard that phrase either ("toss your yarn.") Probably a good idea. Do you know if you live in an area of the country where there are wool moths? They don't live up here, but we had these tiny carpet beetles that could do a lot of damage. I kept almost all of my fiber in plastic baggies.

    Sophie: "Paaaaaacooooo!! @ Bella--"stay away! he's mine, all mine!"

    Who knew Paco had the power to start an international fracas?

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    1. I don't hear my knitter friends complaining of wool moths, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. //knitter paranoia//

      LOL at the international fracas in the canine world!!

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  7. Aww, go Paco!

    Your yarn stash is fab! Do you have one of those yarn winder things (name?) for the hanks that need to be wound (um... hope I sort of got that phrasing right)?

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    1. I do have a yarn winder and a swift (the umbrella thing that you put the yarn on to be wound) - it was a very nice Christmas present from Jeff after I'd been knitting for nearly a year. :)

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  8. Okay - I am laughing that you say you don't have a huge stash of yarn? That looks like a lot to me, but then I am not a knitter.

    We need to find some ways to make scratch out of the popularity of our animals...

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    1. OMG, you should see the stash pictures people post on Ravelry. ROOMS. Every color of every type of yarn...which is why I swear, when I want to buy a couple skeins of a particular color of Madelinetosh and it's sold out everywhere? That's where all the yarn is.

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  9. You think THAT is messy?!!! Geez, never ever ever open the cabinet with my fabric stash. For that matter, don't open the door to the basement where the cabinet resides.

    Afraid to consider what Paco will do with the Easter Bunny when he finds him. Unless he hires him to be his agent now Paco's modeling career is taking off.

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