A Box of Fun

Getting a “box of fun” in the mail just makes my day.  Thanks Loopy Ewe!  As if the return label saying “The Loopy Ewe” wasn’t enough incriminating evidence that I’ve ordered more yarn, that big “Box of Fun” sticker is an attention getter for sure.

I love yarn and even though I don’t need any more (but really . . what’s need got to do with anything?),  the only way to get free shipping is to spend $75.  So . . tell me . . would you pay $5 shipping if you needed one skein of yarn or would you spend $75 on yarn . . usable, gorgeous, soft, colorful yarn . . and get the shipping free?  That’s what I thought!  That’s exactly what I do.

The dreamy yarn on the right is my free gift for completing Camp Loopy.  Told you it was worth it!  It’s Smooshy with cashmere from Dream in Color. It’s 70% wool, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon.  That’s a lot of cashmere!  My feet will be so happy . . some day when I get these socks made.  That skein was free but I had to spend $75 in order to get it shipped to me free.  Sounds like those folks at The Loopy Ewe are pretty smart!  :)

The other yarns are some I’ve never used.  Left to right in the picture:

  • Studio June Yarn – Super Cash Sock – 70% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.  435 yards.  Color:  Cocoa Dusted Truffle.
  • Sweet Georgia – Tough Love Sock – 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon.  425 yards.  Color:  Bison.  This looks like something good for socks for Chad, Vince or Dad.
  • Lorna’s Laces – Solemate – 55% superwash merino wool, 15% nylon, 30% outlast.  These are supposed to keep your feet cool or warm.  425 yards.  Color – Grand Street Ink.  I have other colors of this yarn but have never used it.

This might be the last of the yarn I order for the rest of the year . . unless they get some really good stuff in or . . unless I succumb to some Black Friday sale!

About the Stash Reports

The stash reports will again be hosted here in 2013.  Even if you don’t have a huge stash or if you’re using only a little fabric, if you’re interested in tracking  your purchases and uses, this is a great way to do it.

I’ve tried a variety of ways to keep up with the ins and outs and the best way for me is a Google spreadsheet.  Here’s a snapshot of a few weeks.  You’ll have to enlarge it to be able to read it but the first column is the week number, the second column is the project because sometimes I forget if I’ve counted a project.  The third column is the amount of yardage for that project.  The fourth column is a running total of the amount of yards I’ve used.  The fifth and next to last column is for fabric added and the far right column is the net used/added.

When I do a blog post for this Sunday, I copy that info into a new blog post for next Sunday.  This is the info for this week and I’ve copied it into the post I’ll use next week and I’ve entitled that post “Stash Report – Week 39, 2012″ and that hopefully is helping me keep the week numbers correct.

Used this Week: 5 yards
Used year to Date: 157 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 48.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 108.25 yards

It’s pretty easy to keep up with it if you want to keep up with it.  If you just don’t care and don’t want to mess with it, that’s surely ok too.  I love knowing about how much fabric I use in an average month or an average year.  I think in a year when I get in a normal for me amount of sewing, I should be able to use 300 yards of fabric.  For everything I use, whether it’s fabric related or cooking, or cosmetics, I like to know how much I need to last me at least a year.  If I use 2 cans of green beans a week, I know exactly how many cans of green beans I need to last me a year.  When I start a new cone of piecing thread, I date it so I know about how long it takes me to use one cone so I can be confident that I have a year’s supply of piecing thread.  That’s just how I operate.  Kind of anal but it works for me and I understand if that doesn’t work for you.

Up until this year, I counted the fabric in the used column once I pulled it for a project.  My thinking was that it was out of the stash, into a project bucket so it was stash reduction.  The problem with that method is that it truly isn’t stash reduction but stash re-arranging.  Also, there wasn’t a whole lot of incentive to finish projects so beginning this year, I count the yardage for a quilt top once that top is finished.  I count the backing fabric when I load the quilt on the longarm and am ready to quilt it.  They don’t usually stay too long on the longarm and most times, unless I load a quilt on a Friday or Saturday, it’s already finished before Sunday.  I count the binding when I apply it to the quilt and I usually finish the binding the same day I put it on the quilt.

As far as counting yardage, it’s pretty easy to count what’s been added.  If I’m adding extra wide backing, I count it double.  If I buy 10 yards of extra wide backing, I count it as 20 yards added because when I’m calculating backing fabric, I always calculate it first as if I were using 40″ wide fabric.  It makes sense to me but could be one of those things that no one else thinks makes sense.  For the amount of fabric used, I take the numbers EQ gives me.  Their numbers are pretty close to correct.

That’s what works for me but you do anything that works for you!

Stash Report – Week 38, 2012

I did so much piecing this week – piecing on the big quilt for a magazine, piecing on a quilt for our guild’s donation project, both of which had fabric provided.  Then I pieced on the Sing a Happy Song quilt and since I haven’t finished it, I can’t count it yet either.  I did use a backing for the QOV that I started quilting this morning so I’m counting that!

Used this Week: 5 yards
Used year to Date: 157 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 48.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 108.25 yards