Friday, January 29, 2010

Jackpot !!!

One of the things I have challenged myself to this year was to not buy anything at the craft store (primarily yarn & pattern books), but use up what I already have. The idea was to save money and de-stash my stash. I did give myself a small budget in case I needed something to finish a project, but other than that I'm going to see if I can make this work. My weakness is yarn, especially if it's on sale. I have an 18 gallon tote in my closet, plus a draw organizer full, so I have plenty to start with. But in the back of my mind I wondered if any of it would work with the projects I have planned.

I'm going to change topics for a minute but stay with me. It will come together.

Many of you know this, but some may not. I am due with baby #6 in the next few weeks. The other day I decided to go down in the basement to pull out the baby clothes and wash them. Because this is girl #5 I have plenty of clothes. I've learned over the years to label bins by size & season to make things easier. Plus, I also have all the bins in size order to make it easier to find the sizes I am looking for. (I'm not quite this organized with other areas of my home :). So, I get down in the basement, go over to the kids clothes and on the very top of the infant stuff there is a bin with no label. My thought was......"Hmmm??? There's nothing smaller than 0-3 months. Why would I not have put a size label on this?" I opened it up and I was like a kid in a candy store.

It was an 18 gallon tote of yarn, plus I found at least one crochet hook in there! As you can see by the picture I have tons of pink (don't forget I have 4 girls), but I didn't even remember putting it there. This has made my de-stashing much more fun. I thought I was going to find baby clothes. Now I have something to look forward to. I wonder what other bins of yarn I've forgotten about. This year may not be half bad after all......


Rebecca said...

Ahhh ha! Love it! And LOTS of pink yarn. Wondering what you will do with it all? Keep us posted! :-) I'm thinking baby hat? or maybe baby blanket?
I'm pretty sure I don't have bins with cool surprises like that in my storage. In fact I'm pretty sure I have to purge lots of my non maternity clothes b/c they are very old. Might pull out a shirt or two I might not have remembered I had since getting pregnant??
It's going to be a while until I get around to finding that out. LOL

Kimmie said...

oh I love that pink and brown ...and the pink and orange. Imagining little leggings or maybe a little crocheted jumper for spring for one of your littles.

Berets are cute for little girls (and babies)...get going with that bucket full of yarn!

My mum always crochets me cute little wash clothes. Picks one color for the cloth and then edges it in a contrasting color. It is always a treat to pull one out. I bet you could make cute hand towels for the bathroom if you had some cotton yarn in you??

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Kristine said...


Sorry, no cotton. I have a really hard time with it because it makes my hands ache, so I very rarely use it.

But I was excited, so I'll have to see what my imagination can come up with. The little one's been wanting a hat like her sisters and they all want fingerless gloves :).


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