My Creative Space – Busy doing Nothing?

Collage of my current crochet projects

It feels like it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been running as hard as I can to stay in one place. There are so many unfinished projects littering the flat that I’ve barely known where to start, and I have to keep reminding myself that I’m making little and often progress on all of them. But it’s not as satisfying as finishing something, which is definitely my project for this week.

The above collage gives you a flavour of what I’ve been working on, as well as being a chance for me to experiment with the new version of Photobucket. I’m not terribly keen on the new interface, but I do like how easy it was to make the collage. The pictures are a mixture of current projects, so-nearly-finished projects and some pattern ‘cover’ photos that we took at Stowe Landscape Gardens at the weekend. There are a few more, but they’ll have to wait for a bigger collage!

On top of that, I cut the lining for my purple skirt and washed and ironed some denim ready to make another skirt from it. Oh, and I rediscovered this:

Apologies for the bad photo – I took it at 7.30 this morning before I’d woken up enough not to wobble. This bag is one of those ideas that I’m not quite sure what to do with. They’re small and cute and easy to make, but do I want to sell them? Use them as giftbags at Christmas? Both?

Does that happen to anyone else? You have a really good idea for making something, finish it, then think “now what?” I’ll be adding this to my ‘To Be Finished’ pile, I think, because until I decide what to do with it, it’s still a WIP!

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My Creative Space on a Shoestring

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A selection of British coinsPhoto from Flickr by Wwarby

I’ve been more pottering than making this week, trying out ideas and buying some new supplies. But on trying to squeeze another piece of fabric into a drawer, I finally came to the horrifying conclusion: my stash is now big enough.

I’m just going to pause for a moment to let the enormity of that statement sink in.

Okay. Deep breath. I can do this.

One of the problems with doing a range of crafts, and making a range of things, is that it’s easy to accumulate supplies with no definite plan in mind. Because of the way I work, and the way I change my mind every couple of days about what I absolutely must finish right there and then, I need a sort of ‘critical mass’ of materials before I can actually start work. I think I passed that critical mass a few metric tonnes ago.

So from now down to Christmas, I’m on a stash fast. No more buying material or yarn unless it is essential because I’ve run out of what I need*. Looking at my supplies, that’s not going to be an issues, and it’s going to be good to finally use up all these beautiful things that are languishing in piles or boxes. I’ve promised myself that in the sales, I can buy enough yarn for a whole something, probably a cardigan, but that’s it. John Lewis half-price yarn, here I come. Apart from that, I’m kind of intrigued to see how far my stash can take me.

I hope to get a stock-take up here at some point, then to work my way through it to prove to myself that (to misquote Gok) I can spend less and make more.

Is anyone else putting themselves on a stash diet? I know that coming down to Christmas, it’s easy to get carried away, but I have this crazy idea that I might actually be able to make most presents from the stash. Not sure if I’ve got time, but it’s going to be fun finding out. Hints, tips, encouraging noises all greatly appreciated!

*The only thing I can think of that I’ll need for one present is bias binding, but that’s not too pricey and my last lot came from here and was perfect. Picture of the basket I used my lime binding (yes, lime, really) on as soon as I can take them!