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50 things

I need to start posting from home (though I need a new keyboard there - the one we have sucks for my typing style, which is so light, half the time the letters don't even register. Pah), since it took me an hour to get my intarwebs to function at work - of course, I managed to keep myself busy, but still - massive pain.

I actually had something else I was going to write about (don't I always?), but I got sidetracked by marymont's A&S sub-challenge; make 50 things only using your current stash.

I am intrigued, and would like to join in. This challenge has narrow enough parameters that I actually feel... challenged by it.

I have stuff. I am making stuff. I have stash.

I not only have fabric stash, I have bead stash. And wool stash. And craft stash that isn't neccessarily fiber-related. I like the idea of using up my stash on all sorts of things. I'll post things as I finish them.

Can I count my pink socks? They're not done yet. I'll think about it.

I've been downloading free knitting and crochet patterns for no real reason, except that I want to learn to crochet so I can make a little amigurumi sardine tin with sardines. Too cute.

I actually don't have a massive stash like some people seem to; I have a few useable lengths of fabric, lots of scraps, and a bit of vintage stuff.  I don't even fill the plastic shelving we have for my fabric; the top shelves are filled with boxes and pattern bits.  But I have more than enough stuff to make 50 cool things.

However, my challenge will not really start (except for socks) until after Thanksgiving; I am still sorting things for Holiday Faire (I'm making a few last-minute bits of jewelry), and am working on the nightcap patterns (which are pdf'd, scanned, and just about ready to go to Kass).  After HF, I am off to Jamestown for their Foods and Feasts weekend (starts on Thursday), and I will be doing a food display in the Governor's House, which means buying food and preparing the display, and I will have three days to do that (though most of it is done the day before so it doesn't go bad). 

(The food is not eaten; after 2-3 days of sitting out in the house, even though it's like a meat locker in there, the food is covered with dust and is icky.  I sometimes make Banbury tarts for the fort people, but I haven't had a chance to make up the filling this year.)

Speaking of so much to do, where the hell did my year go?  Last I looked, it was the middle of summer, and I had tons of year left.  Now it's almost Thanksgiving, and I'm almost 39 (December 2).  I admit, my life is awesome, and I totally wouldn't want to go back and do it over, but it's going by too fast! 

Conversely, I had insomnia last night, and the night seemed to last forever.  Stupid brain.

Anyway - tomorrow (or this evening), other post.  For now - marymont 's challenge.  Me make stuff good.  Me make fifty good stuff.  Me busy now.


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Nov. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
OMG the sardine thingie is absolutely adorable!
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've been hunting for a snood pattern to crochet or macrame- would you have a link to one? thanks
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about either crochet or macrame, but if you google on "crochet snood pattern free" you might turn up something.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Did that- not a lot of success, will try again later.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I really don't wear snoods, and I don't crochet. Perhaps a crochet forum? Or on one of the general SCA lists? Or on one of the brand yarn sites, like Lion?

I'm sure there's one out there somewhere.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I have a shameful lot of stash. Most of it is stitch-related, but I have no small amount of yarn and fabric. This is a good idea. I've been doing this stuff for fourteen years and really should make an effort to move some things out.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
It's funny, isn't it - I always buy things, then I don't use them. I tend to get what I need for a particular project, and forget about material/thread I already have.

...mind you, the GST from Plimoth? Oooooh, flowers! :)
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I still want to get some of that to use on the Elizabethan dress for my stumpwork mirror frame. I'll have to email Tricia and see if I can figure out when she's there to meet her, or wait for it to be more generally available. I should have bought it in August, but money was tight.

I often think to myself that I'll buy the pattern and I already have the right threads, but either I can't find things when I get home, or the threads are already committed to a project I haven't worked since 1997 (and can't find). I suppose I have no worries about staying busy through invalidism, should the opportunity arise.
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I tried to respond to your LATER post, the one about userpics...LJ tells me that I can't, because there is no such post.

Stoopid Russians.

Need nightcap patterns, and also Katherine coif patterns.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I deleted it, as it was boring. :)

I don't have your e-mail; it got lost in the move. I need you to e-mail me at elsworthy AT comcast DOT net. If you send it now, I'll get it this afternoon and we'll talk then.
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Despite the fact that I have no desire to 'have time back' that I seem to have misplaced in the past couple of years, I would LOVE to petition for at 32 hour day, with those extra 8 hours being used to just do projects! *grin*
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yay us. I turn 39 on Nov 29th. Thirteen is a big number with my husband and I, so triple 13 is awesomeness. My true fabric stash has gotten smaller as my standards improved. I have a couple of good piles of wool and linen now, most of the rest is crap I really need to sort, give away or trash outright....
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
50 things out of my stash?

Hmm... I have enough yard for a few sweaters some scarves, a couple hats, and an afghan. I have a closet full of fabric in usable lengths (nothing less than a yard, most over 5 yards). 2 cases of DMC floss, a gallon container of silk embroidery ribbon, and some related odds and ends. Enough aida cloth to embalm me. A tool-chest full of beads, stones, crystals, and findings. 2 full hides of leather and countless scraps, plus some pieces of fur. A basic set of oil paints and two stretched canvasses. A full set of watercolors and 3 packs of paper. Silk dye in 16 colors, and plain white silk, 15 yards (8mm habotai). An ass-ton of papercraft stuff, (stamps, punches, scissors, inkes, dusts, etc). I have Folk Art paints and plenty of white particleboard surfaces I could beautify. There's some stained glass stuff sounewhere around here, too. And candle and soap making kits.

Do I get to count kitchen crafts? I could make truffles or filled chocolates (I buy chocolate in 10 kilo slabs) or pulled sugar. Gingerbread houses are possible. Flavoured oils or vinegars. Cordials. Breads, doughnuts, soups, cookies, cakes, all sorts of things.

Nov. 17th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Food is totally acceptable. :)
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
hmmm, you seem to have an even more diverse stash than I do - it's bad enough having a stash for one hobby, let alone several.
I've got... 1 room of fabric; 2 boxes of knitting wool; a sack of weaving wool; a box of embroidery stuff; a smaller box of beads; half a dozen cheap canvases and multiple types of paints and drawing materials; book making gear and paper; paper to recycle; fabric paint; 3 armies of Warhammer 40k to paint; materials for WH40k terrain, models and dolls houses; half a dozen types of clay and plasticine.

I'm down candle, soap and stained glass making gear. I'm impressed at your fancy cooking abilities. :D I want to try all those things some day too!
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm actually a chef by vocation (in the older meaning of 'vocation'; a religious calling) so I keep a VERY well stocked kitchen.

Funny thing about my stash is that it's largely stuff I've been given. My friends do the "Hey, my roommate moved out/joined the army/was eaten by jackals, do you know what to do with this stuff? Want it?"
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
A&S 50 STASH Challenge + ORNAMENTS
I loved your/marymont's idea. So I'm going for it too.

As I am insane enough, and not motivated enough for my big picture projects, I'm publically stating...

"I will not buy any materials (except sewing thread)for ANY SCA projects, until my A&S 50 STASH SCA challenge is completed." Any other free method of acquiring stuff is still acceptable.

I've also got a lot of partly done ornaments, so I'm going to follow the same rules, no more purchasing, until I finish 50 Christmas ornaments.

I've got enough non-SCA crafts and quilting to do a 50 Stash challenge several times over, so right now, I'm going to ignore that elephant in the closet. (Actually, if I do 50 STASH SCA projects, I might actually be able to fit that elephant IN the closet...)
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
I have really been trying to shop out of my stash lately with the move in mind, maybe I'll be a sheep or your stalker or something and try for 50 too...... I'm probably not that motivated, but I could pretend to try.
Nov. 17th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Wow...as long as I could buy thread when I run out, I would have NO trouble completing 50 projects out of my current stash...methinks I should perhaps try this, it would clear out my craft room rather nicely!
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea....
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
As the budget-conscious founder of the A&S 50 Challenge, I find this very interesting, but Marymount's LJ is f-locked. Any chance you could fill me in on more of the details so I can tell the rest of the A&S 50 Community about it? Pretty please, even though I'm really late to the thread? :)
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Basically, it's about using things you already have to create 50 things. It's a chance to use up the fabric in your stash instead of buying new stuff for your projects - which works great for me, since I have a ton of wool yarn and a ton of embroidery thread, not to mention the endless fabrics!

The rules are flexible - everyone is doing their own take on it - but the overarching rule that cannot be broken is that 90% or more of the project needs to be made from stuff you already have. You can buy new sewing thread, or in some cases, buttons, but no fabric, no major parts of the project.

Some people are cooking, some people are sewing, knitting, embroidering - as long as it's from your stash, it's good. :)

My take on it is that I may buy nothing new for each project, but that it doesn't entirely have to be SCA-related (as I have a couple of Victorian things I want to make), and I will be documenting each piece in my LJ as it gets finished.
Dec. 10th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Neat! There are a few folks I know of doing something similar. Thanks for filling me in; I'll be looking forward to seeing your work, as always! :)
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
...and you got me, you got me. I originally wasn't going to do the challenge, but MaryMont's variation was so challenging, I couldn't resist. :)
Dec. 10th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

Hugh_Mannity likes to call the A&S 50 Challenge our avenue to Knowne World Domination. I just consider myself an enabler. ;)
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