Friday, June 22, 2007

About Stash Reduction......

Um yeah.....technically I'm really pretty good about stash buying. I'm pretty good about it when it comes to how much $ I spend, on the other hand, I'm not so good about the QUANTITY.

As you all know by now, I LOVE thrifting and estate sales. My brother called this morning and told me I HAD to come to town. He was at an estate sale and was guarding about 20 bags of yarn for me. Of course I asked if it was wool and just as you would suspect the answer was, "Hell I don't know, but there's a lot of it. You better come. I'm standing here with about 20 garbage bags full of yarn for $5.00 a bag." I heard the woman running the sale talking in the background and she was telling my brother, "I know she had a woman in Mackinaw hand spin a lot of this" So I naturally said, "Buy it, I'm on my way!"

This is what I came home with, dutifully obeying all traffic laws cuz, well, I wouldn't have been able to explain my over stuffed car, unless of course the officer's wife was a fiber freak! I was squished again the drivers door, had to tunnel through to reach my gear shift, could see out of 2/3 of the windshield and could only use the side mirror.

28 boxes and bags on the front porch:

In the house and IdaMae is stymied. That's her chair over in the corner to the left:

Fleece, rovings, pencil rovings, and two tops:

On cones:

Neutrals. whites, blacks, and greys:

Blues and purples

Reds and pinks

Yellows and golds


Oranges, rusts and browns

Her color play? Balls of 3 - 8 different yarns twisted together

Projects? All of these bags, about the size of a grocery bag have color coordinated fibers

Examples of what is in each of the project bags:

3 kegs of mop yarn

Extra goodies:

Two ball winders and two little looms

More weaving needles than a fiber store would need!

Two egg beater type rug hooking thingies, 2 sets of tablet weaving cards, and two sets of groovy french curves that will make drawing out my swirl bags soooo much easier

Flowers looms

I also picked up a few fiber books, about 20 yards of burlap, and 9 pieces of burlap that are nearly room size, (8' x 10')

As best I can tell most of the above fibers are wool, cotton, linen, or silk. (If I couldn't readily tell, or if it wasn't labeled I did a quickie burn test) There was a bag's worth of acrylic but I didn't both taking a pic of that.

In each of the color groupings I have pictured above, there is at least 1 if not 2 sweater/jacket worth of nice soft hand knitting yarn in a solid color and perhaps enough for another striped garment. I assuming handspun, by the looks of it, some mostly solid and some beautiful tweedy stuff. I'll take good pix of that yarn up close and personal when I get a bit more organized. Plus there are all those project bags to dig through. I know right now by just glancing there are a several other sweaters coming out of those too. The rest is perfect for rugs, both cotton and wool, guess I'll be hooking again real soon!

Yes, I am going back tomorrow.....

The previous owner was a art teacher. Tomorrow I have to go and get at least a couple of the 100's of reams of paper, (name the weight and dimensions), 1000's of paint brushes, 100's of canvases, some of the clay/pottery/sculpting tools. And I have GOT to check out more books (oh yeah I got a few books today also) Funny thing, I didn't see any paints, just pastels (oil and chalk) but no paints!! Lots of her paintings, watercolors, oils, and acrylics, (which I HAVE to look through and buy) but no paints! Hmmmm See? I just HAVE to go back tomorrow!! I know, I'm a bad, bad, mother....I should have gotten stuff for my kids first, but hey, you all know how intoxicating the smell of wool is.....I lost my head. Besides, how am I going to send reams of paper and giant canvases to Savannah where Gillian goes to school?!? And Bart's fleeting interest in clay has waned since he started blowing glass, and he hardly ever draws anymore, so who knows if he'll ever get those urges again?

Oy, there is soooo much there! Supplies for so many things that I always wanted to try. And supplies for things that I use to do but replaced with other endeavors, not to mention the shopping list I have gotten from the kids......I'll need a U-Haul tomorrow!

BTW, in case you are wondering why on earth anyone would buy sooo many weaving needles, that's the way they do things here at estate sales. They group stuff together in one box and slap a price on it. Believe me I didn't want that many needles! LOL And true to form as estate sales go, I got all of the above pictured and mentioned items for......$100 When you buy a lot of something they just eyeball the pile and throw you a down and dirty price. They are more thrilled you're carting it off than worried about actually adding up all the prices.


  1. O.K. now I'm really envious. ;o) Something like that never happens to me. I guess it must be that MY brother is living on a different continent, must be ....

  2. Oh my gosh! I am totally jealous. But, then again, my son thinks I have too much yarn already. He just doesn't understand.

    All those beautiful colors. I can't wait to see the finished projects!

    BTW: My name is Tracy too!

  3. Hi anonymous Tracy! Yes, my family thinks I have waaaay too much also, (this motherload is just the icing on the cake! LOL) but they humor me. :-)

    Frankly, I'm almost to the point of not knowing where to begin! Ideas are popping in at record speed, but I really have to focus on organizing and finding a place to stash the stash! LOL

    Thanx for commenting!

  4. Holy Croweasel!
    I'm renting a Uhaul and heading your way.
    That was better'n hittin the lottery..
    Well...close to it!

  5. Omg...I just want to do a belly flop and roll around in it! Two ball winders! What luck..I'm still working on one! My husband wants to buy a 4 bedroom house and share an office with me. I told him fine...but he would only have a corner. day..I'll have a stash like this..and he'll have to work in the garage. :D

  6. OMG! Wow! I really don't know what to say - that is a very respectable stash all by itself, mostly natural fibers, projects worth already put together for you and add it to what you probably already have.... I don't envy you the task of putting it all away.!!

    I find that having so much sometimes feels like it limits my creativity - or maybe it's just that the stuff that I have isn't as interchangeable as I'd like... I don't know really, but I know that when I had to make do with what I had I'd come up with some awfully creative ways to put it all together. Maybe that doesn't make sense - but if I had the choice, give me more every day!

  7. Hi there,

    I am totally envious....and I am chanting freeform freeform freeform ;-) ;-)

    Smiles form Ingrid in Sweden

  8. This is Ria from Ravelry. I just dropped by to say that I am EXTREMELY jealous of your newly enhanced stash, and to say that if you ever need any help storing it or using it all, I'm more than willing to help out. *laughs*

  9. Congratulations!!!!!! You hit the motherlode. I am so glad that you saved those yarns and needles from the landfill-and you will truly appreciate it all. Handspun! You are one of my favorite thrifty knitter ravelry reads. So happy for you.