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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Mad DeStash

Greetings! I know I haven't posted in a couple weeks ... this time of year, the knitting just slides for the gardening and other summer fun stuff.

The garden is doing great!

I'm ready for some tomatoes now, though. Getting a bit tired of the zukes.

I am currently knitting two projects, but the other day I was looking for something and came across a plastic bag full of yarn. I'd relocated a bunch of half-assed finished projects to this bag and dumped it in a closet. I decided that enough was enough. Enough yarn hoarding! Enough undone project hoarding!

I went through the stash and gathered every bit of acrylic, part-acrylic, fun fur, eyelash, everything I bought mostly when I first started knitting because I thought it was cute, and didn't realize it was impractical. For example, knitting with fun fur is so awful, the only thing that kept me from outright pitching it is my frugal Yankee nature. (I blame that nature for my pack-rat tendencies, too). I gathered it all up, along with the Lion Brand Thick-and-Quick half-skeins, and went on a massive cat mat bender. I donate these cat mats to a local no-kill shelter.

I made eight over a few days. I've got two more done, and I think I could make four or five if I go through and really shake the stash. All the little remnants, the old Red Heart and Vanna's Choice, the part skeins...when I first started knitting, I wanted everything. So I bought everything, even if I had no plans for it. I bought armfuls of acrylic, because I was practicing and had big plans. I did the same with unspun fiber, so one day soon there will be a massive spinning-knitting marathon, once I figure out what to do with it.

I will be so glad to get the stash down to just a few choice, higher quality yarns. Then I can work on de-stashing that! A few years back I bought a Knit Picks sampler. Fine yarn, almost like sock yarn, but 100% wool. I've got to come up with something fabulous to do with that. That won't be for cat mats.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Way to clean! I bought a lot of new yarn when we moved, so now I'm tiring to work my way through it. Love your cat mats, now I just need a cat!

    1. I make most of them to donate to a shelter. My cats sleep in the dog bed, or on my bed.

  2. Your cat mat bender was just the ticket for destash. Your cat is in animal love with them, for sure. They will be easy to wash, too. Good idea.

  3. Love the productivity!!! You rock and are going to make some cats very comfy.

  4. Those cats have some very pretty colors in their mats!


  5. I'm sure the cats will love the mats. :-)

  6. Wow!! Such an awesome burst of cleaning and crafting! It must feel awesome to have all that yarn out and used up! Kudos to you!

  7. That is such a great way to use up your "unwanted". I've been thinking about doing something similar for a shelter in my hometown.


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