Sunday, February 17, 2008

Only you and I know exactly how it feels

My felting stash had well and truly grown out of its two little boxes and expanded in dribs and drabs in bags around the place. I've been dreaming of having a lovely glass-front cupboard with all the feltable wool arranged in some kind of colour order. I see myself standing in front of this cupboard and choosing colour combinations for the next project, without first bouncing around the house from box to bag and room to room, looking for a certain green or all the different yellows I can find.



I don't have space for new furniture in this house so this is the next best thing, for now. It's just a cheap plastic underbed zipup storage bag. It now contains all my felting stash, arranged loosely by colour, and still with room for a bit more.

I also did a bit of quick testing of some mystery yarns to see if they would felt. I just cut off a few centimetres, wet it with warm-hot water, add a bit of soap and roll it into a ball in the palm of my hand. You can tell within about a minute (this article says 5-10 min but I really don't think you need that long.)



The three above were sucessful, one was even marked machine washable (Homemaker Lifestyle Venice from K-Mart) but I bought it thinking it looked like it should felt, and I was right. The three below, clearly not successful. Well, it's preferably to knitting a whole item and then find it won't felt: that's bloody frustrating. Ask me how I know.





Okay, that up there wasn't actually ALL my felting stash, there is this lot too (much of it received in bulk from the generous Taphophile, some time ago. I have used some of it, but also love the potential of having it sitting there waiting for me.

I've never gone in for those guilty stash-flashing posts. Partly because I didn't think I had that much and I don't feel bad about it. So it turns out I do have quite a lot but it's exciting, not guilt-inducing. I really do get a lot of mileage out of having a nice big range of colours and textures to choose from. And there's no such thing as a useless odd ball, as long as it is feltable.

I'm a natural stasher from way back. I always have many books around that I haven't read yet, ditto comics, and DVDs. I'll never get bored. I did realise today that I have a bit more yarn than I thought. I do love finding bargains and then dreaming up creative ways to use them, but unfortunately I can imagine a lot more than I can ever actually get done. Oh well, today I did rip out a couple of unpromising projects, and found some missing needles, which is satisfying. And I threw out a LOT of old ball bands; why do I have so much trouble getting rid of them? Weird.

10 comments:

Alwen said...

It's like being a painter -- you have to have the right blue, and you don't want to run out of white, and what if you never see that particular green again? :)

Anonymous said...

I love the sound of your dream cupboard. (The model cars are now getting lots of use because they have their own cupboard.) And I found another needle of yours - a bamboo one in between the cushions on the couch. ily Ma

Donna Lee said...

I don't see anything wrong with stash either. And I never thought about my books and cd and dvds as stash but that's what they are. And they (along with the yarn) are a good hedge against boredom. I like that I always have something to do.

Rose Red said...

I don't feel guilty about stash, not really, I just feel bad that my yarn is unfulfilled!! Yours looks delicious arranged by colour.

I also find it hard to throw out ballbands, even when a project is finished. Not sure why...

Kuka said...

your felty stash does look gorgeous all sorted by colour like that!!!

amy said...

Oh no, stash should not be about guilt. I have a friend who is a painter. She'd never feel guilty about all her different paints. She tells me, "An artist needs a stash of materials," and why should a fiber artist be any different?

Your yarn is beautiful arranged by color. And I, too, find ball bands everywhere!

Bells said...

Long time stasher here, too. I've always stashed (collected?) books, CDs etc. They impossible to give away and I will always love them.

kms said...

its not often that you come across stash storage that is in itself a work of art. you have a really good eye for colour, i would definitely be going for the glass cupboard :)

Taphophile said...

I'm seeing a ball-band collage!

Jejune said...

OOooh pretty! I like the sound of a glass cabinet to store stash in, great idea :D

I think I hold on to ball bands because they have the washing and care instructions on them... I'm now trying to add this info to my stash in Ravlery, instead of keeping the bits of paper.