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Crafting through the Stash

November 17, 2010, 08:09 AM

So, I'm a week behind with all my blogging duties.  I apologize.  It's been a long crazy ride.  And let me tell you why.  On my personal blog, I'm doing a sort of 'count down' to Deathly Hallows, by posting every other week, about each movie that has come out so far.  Last Monday I was supposed to write about Goblet of Fire.  And I didn't.  Not because I forgot.  It has actually been pretty up front on my mind, along with this blog post.  But because I have been listening to the audio book, and realizing that I needed to finish listening to the audio book before I could really write my true feelings about the film.  I haven't finished the audio book.  And I won't write about it here.  This post is about crafts.

The other things that have taken up my time, is that my company, a big fashion retailer who shall remain nameless, does a fund raiser every year for a big cause.  They ask all of us employees to donate a certain amount from our paycheck each week.  It could be as little as a dollar a week.  Which is a reasonable donation for anyone at the end of the year.  This year, however, the company added a component of a silent auction and a live auction.  The live auction covered services.  Things like holiday gift wrapping, or auto detailing.  The silent auction covered donated items.  I donated neckwear.  I used luscious Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade Yarns.  I made the moebius cowl for a woman's item, and if you look on that big knitting social networking site, you can look for the professor's scarf.  The auction goes on through the end of the month, so I don't really know what they will raise from my donation.  I hope a decent amount.  I hope at least the amount I spent on the yarn.

But what does this really mean to a crafter?  Well, let me tell you.  I pulled the yarn from my stash.  Yes, you heard correctly.  I started using up yarn from my stash.  And when I finished those, I pulled out a crochet project I started last year.  The Clapochet.  I only had to pull a few rows to remember where I was at.  I am now determined to finish it.  And I have my sights set on new projects for other balls of yarn in my stash.  This is a good thing right?

I was in Maine this weekend for a wedding, and I passed a yarn shop.  I am sure I will be stoned for this, but I let my husband just drive right past it.  I said, "Oh, a yarn shop!" a bit wistfully.  And then before he asked if I really wanted to go, I said, "no, just keep going.  I have plenty of yarn."  I couldn't believe it myself.  But, since the Stonewall Kitchen Company Store is up there, I figured, I could find some other foodies and crafters and make a day of it in the future, where I wouldn't feel rushed.  And could buy yarn to my hearts content with no one to answer to.  Is that so wrong?

Crafty Witch Jo Anne (a.k.a. JavaStix)

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