The usual definition of destashing is “to reduce your accumulation of fabric/yarn/whatever by selling it or donating it.” I’m choosing to destash by using items that have languished. 

Periodically I will acquire yarn or fabric as a gift, from a child who no longer needs it, or (sadly) from a sale I couldn’t pass up. This really is infrequent as I do try not to purchase something for which I do not have a predetermined use. In addition there are always leftovers from projects. Over time you really can amass quite a collection.

When I moved my craft area downstairs I forced myself to ruthlessly go through fabric and yarn and fill a few bags with items to be donated. Sometimes you have to face the fact that you have some things you are never going to use. At least this made it easier to see what I had.

Some months ago I made it a goal to avoid purchasing fiber-related items unless strictly necessary (more censer yarn, for instance). This forces me to look at my stash with a creative eye. 

One example involves my modest stash of wool yarn. I tend to buy superwash wool because it’s convenient to be able to machine wash finished items. However, over time I have also accumulated non-superwash wool yarn. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I could exploit the wool’s tendency to felt by making things to be deliberately felted. There has been some experimentation involved (see prior posts) but I now have several felted potholders/hot pads, coasters, and a pot handle mitt. 

Super chunky yarn is another thing I don’t tend to use. I decided this morning to make a baby blanket out of this chunky pink and off-white combination.

Naturally I use stash fabric for quilts, but I’ve put a moratorium on quilts for the time being, since they’re time-consuming and most people are not prepared to pay what they’re worth.

Does anyone else destash in a creative way?

3 thoughts on “Destashing

  1. Before we moved to Georgia I shipped many skeins of yarn to a nun up in PA. After all, who doesn’t want to buy something from a monastery bookstore made by a nun, especially if it’s a keepsake like a baptismal blanket or really anything that helps the sisters sustain themselves through the sale of their handmade goods. I still have a lot of yarn that I keep on hand to make random gifts. OCMC sends prayer shawls to Alaska every summer in case that interest you. They prefer wool.

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