Friday, March 28, 2014

Stashdown Check-in: March

I've accomplished very little this month. Remember that screeching sound my sewing machine was making? I took it in to be serviced and they allegedly fixed it. Then my machine sat idle for a week b/c of illness and when I finally started using it again, the sound came back after 30 minutes. So I took it back to the repair shop and was without my machine for another week. I just got my machine back and have used it sparingly so who knows if the sound is really gone this time. if it's not i will do my best to deal with it (although it really does drive me and the dog absolutely crazy) and if it's unbearable i will look into getting a different machine *sad face*. i'm pretty frustrated, honestly.

other excuses for lowered productivity: the aforementioned illness and trying to design 4 new things simultaneously. if only i could grow an extra set of hands.

what did i buy this month? i got a curvemaster foot which so far is a complete disaster. the feeddogs will not move the fabric while the foot is on my machine, so the needle just stitches in place. methinks a return may be in order if i can't get it working soon. i also bought a postal scale for the crafts business but it's also very handy for weighing my cats (assuming you can get them to hold still in a box long enough to weigh them). oh yeah and I did get a few skeins of free yarn because of the dirty pole. that's it. however, we are traveling to NYC next month for a weekend and i'm already planning to break my stash fast. b/c everyone knows that buying stuff while on vacation doesn't count as stashing. or something.

my stash does not seem to be decreasing at all. partly because most of my sewing projects have used scraps rather than stash (though the scraps don't ever seem to get smaller either) and partly because my yarn/fiber storage is an unorganized nightmare and it looks a mess whether i'm using it or not. i think i'm actually doing a decent job on that front, though who can tell for sure?

Here's a list of finished projects since my last check-in, with (*) next to items that were on my original Stashdown list:

Here's my current list of WIPs that I worked on since the last check-in, with (*) next to items that were on my original Stashdown list:

Also, my UFOs. * puts it on my original Stashdown list.

My remaining Stashdown goals that I haven't gotten to (No change from February):

  1. Albion coat for Spicy
  2. Mail sack bag
  3. I Heart Cardigans
  4. spin a sweater quantity of pin-drafted cormo cross
  5. HST quilt with my chicopee bundle
  6. Heather Ross economy block baby quilt
  7. Complete 2 do. good stitches quilts--one twin, one lap
  8. Try needle-turn applique
  9. Knit a pair of socks for Spicy every quarter (Q1 finished, 3 more quarters to go)

At least I got a decent amount of knitting done. Let's hope that April is better. Be sure to visit Jess at the Elven Garden to track others' progress.


  1. Where did you get your machine serviced? I also live in Rochester, and I will avoid that place if I can!

  2. What is it with scraps? They never get less, they just seem to grow and multiply ...
    I sold all mine a couple of months back but they are getting out of control again!

  3. I still think you have some amazing things going on! and don't wish your stash away :)

  4. You have inspired me to go over my "goals" post and see if the UFO/WIP list has moved forward. Always good to see progress in list form. Your list looks pretty good!



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