"Out with the old in with the new" Destash-Along

Now that the new year is upon us it is time to go full throttle into 2010. "Out with the old in with the new"! I have adopted this as my saying for 2010. I'm going to forget about everything that happened last year and focus on the great year this is going to be.

Employing the attitude of my new favorite saying, I have come up with a perfect year long craft-along.

Beginning today and running until December 31, I will be hosting (and partaking in) a destash-along. The goal is super simple: to use as much of your current craft stash as possible by the end of the year. That is it!

If you would like to join in, just leave me a comment or send me an email that you will be participating. I'll add a link to your blog on my sidebar under Destash-Along Challengers. Maybe you want to knit a sweater with yarn you got for Christmas or maybe make a necklace with some left over beads. As long as a portion of the project was made with a craft product you already own it is good for the destash-along!

I have already decided on my first project. I will be crocheting a rippled afghan with yarn from my stash. I am hoping I can crochet it using 100% of my yarn, but I'll have to see how much yarn I'll actually be using once I start the project.

Feel free to tell all of your friends about the destash-along and/or put my button on your blog.

craftingwithcathair


I hope this craft-along will not only be fun but will help free up some space in our homes. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it will save us all a little money in the process too!

*edited 1/22/10*
Feel free to join the destash-along at any time. We'll be destashing all year long. Also, if you don't have a blog but still want to join, leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I'll add your name to the list. Feel free to add pictures of your finished destash-along projects on our Flickr group.

49 comments

  1. You can count me on for your Destash-Along! Thanks to your blog tutorials and the online help site I found for Bloggers, I'm going to start by decluttering my blog appearance (Adding header buttons in the next week - It's a start).

    I also have a sinful amount of fabrics, fibers and ephemera that need to be used before I can purchase more, so I'm on-board for this! Thanks for hosting (and for the help you give to other novice bloggers to make them better). I'll blog about it and my post will go up at midnight tonight.

    Happy New Year - New You to US!!
    Donna

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  2. I'm in! But I don't have a blog to show progress. My first projects are blankets for my son and husband using felted wool sweaters I accumulated in the last year or two.

    Holly

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  3. I've got my first project too! A winter themed apron for a swap I am hosting! Already on my blog!

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  4. Oh yes, I'm in too!!! I have a list posted on my blog, but joining in with you, will really help keep me accountable. I need this.

    Thanks so much,
    Jilly
    Found you from Brywood Needleworks, which I found from Cranberry Cottage. One never knows what one will find when they go visiting;-)

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  5. Sign me up too! I have waaaayyyyy too much stuff. My motto is "use what I own" although I haven't had much luck sticking to it so far. However, I totally want to stop spending money on new things, so this is the right motivation.
    Sharon :-)

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  6. I'm definitely in! I found your link thru Val @ yarnigras :) I already made a fleece blankie ...mainly cause i was cold and my kids took my lap blanket.

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  7. Everyone, thanks so much for joining in. I think this is going to be a lot of fun!

    Holly, don't worry that you don't have a blog. I went ahead and added you to the list of challengers too. :)

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  8. Ummm yes. I need to use what I have. I need to organize what I have so I know what I have so I can use what I have. Haha! I'm joining in and will grab the button.

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  9. Count me in! I will be working on an apron for a swap hosted by Yarni Gras first and then some quilts. I just might join you in crocheting a ripple afghan too. :)

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  10. I love this concept! I am always stocking up on supplies, and they are starting to clog up the creative process! I'm joyfully in, sign me up please:)

    Found you through Yarni Gras too! Would love to start apron swapping but find all the rules quite intimidating! This might be a great way to dip my toe in the water:) First up on my list, since the holidays are over, a beautiful Puff Stitch crochet hat for me! Thanks again!

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  11. please count me in.. sadly I think I have enough supplies to last me more than a couple years but it will be nice to make a dent in all of it :-)

    Courtney
    cshortprudhomme@yahoo.com

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  12. This is such a cool idea! I kinda had this in mind for this year already...count me in. I've already got a few things started, this may motivate me even more. My goal is to create all of this coming years crafts with the stuff I have on hand.

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  13. I'm in, too! I did pretty good last year about not buying craft supplies/fabric, but this year I want to do better about challenging myself to use up what I have.
    Thanks for the "support group" :)

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  14. Oooh, I want in! I have been trying to use stuff from my stash anyway for things (scrapbooking seems to be the only thing I'm not good at sticking to the stash to...) and would love to partake in the destash along. Here's to crafting in 2010!

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  15. So in! Lordy have mercy! I have fabric, ribbons, yarns, jewelry pieces and parts and more to use up!! This is gonna be fun!

    Off to blog about it!

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  16. Oh yeah, my first project will be a few aprons for friends!

    And my word verification for this post is "Failess." I like it - Fail less!

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  17. I have no idea how I landed here - I just kept following links but I am in for the destash along. I will be snagging the button and adding it. I have done similar stuff at my place but not hosting anything this year.

    God knows I need to do lots and lots of this.

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  18. Count me in! I recently moved across the state and moved 5 huge boxes of fabric. I'm now 3 hours from a fabric store, so I need to use my stash instead of ordering online every time I see a special :) Thanks for the button and reminder to use my existing resources! http://mamalusco.blogspot.com

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  19. I'm in! Found you via MaggieGrace Creates. I have way too much paper, embleshiments, fabric. Time to use it up!

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  20. Wow! Great Idea! I was just flipping through the new Ikea catalog to come up with some storage ideas for all my fabric, patterns, yarn, trims, thread, etc. Maybe de-stashing is a better plan! Count me in!

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  21. I'll join please. I'll go and write a quick post now to spread the word- thanks for inspiring us.

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  22. I just found out aout this and would like to join if I may...

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  23. I'm the National Craft Shop Examiner and was writing an article on craft alongs when I found your post. I'll be including it there... sounds like fun!

    Dee

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  24. Please count me in HOW FUN IS THIS awesome idea too.

    Shel
    www.shelinwa.blogspot.com
    Titled pics by Shel

    Shel

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  25. I would love to join your Destash Along. Just the motivation I need to use up some of the stuff I have stored. http://ssspyceknits.blogspot.com/

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  26. Count on me, I didn't realize how much destashing I need to do. Thanks so much and thanks to Val over at Yarni Gras! I am adding your button! I will even have destashing giveaways!
    www.quiltingranny.blogspot.com

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  27. I'm in! I'm definitely trying to use up more of my stash 'o stuff!

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  28. Please count me in as well.... This year I will be de-stashing and down sizing. I vow to stick to 4 main craft mediums and not a bunch!
    Great idea! Count me in please!
    ~A~

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  29. Can I join in??? I've already started a few projects with stash only - mostly quilting and sewing projects, but also some knitting & yarn crafts.

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  30. Kerry - Welcome! You sure can. We'll be destashing all year long. :)

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  31. So glad I found this site!

    I am in and look forward to LESS by the end of 2010.

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  32. So genius! If I don't destash a bit I may die under a pile of felt and "whatnot" (as I like to refer to my "collection" of craft supplies)
    Count me in! I'm excited to see everyone's progress.

    -kym

    craftyisthenewblack.blogspot.com
    www.craftyisthenewblack.com

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  33. Count me in! I need to destash no doubt about it...

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  34. I had already decided to spend 2010destashing my vast collection of kits and materials so I am very pleased to find your blog. Please count me in.

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  35. Can I Join ~ Please, I do not use much yarn in what I do, but I need to De-Junk My Art Studio.....
    Cheryl

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  36. Hi - what a fabulous blog. I don't have a blog but maybe one day. I had decided to desatsh, so finding this blog is fab. Firstly I am also going to make a blanket from old hand knits, a grandma's garden quilt from scraps, then...... Shame I have to work, it takes up way too much time.

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  37. I would love to join your destash-along. I have so much stash I definitely need to use it up and make room for some new stuff. Thank you

    Rebecca

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  38. Is it too late to join in?? I have a stash of my own and my toddler has his own stash that we should use up... i have so many project ideas that i gather bits and pieces for ... this would help finish those up!

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  39. Just found this via a button on someone else's blog, I'm in!

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  40. I would love to join! I have a rather large stash of vintage beads and jewelry that I plan to "create" with. Please add me to the list!

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  41. I have the debt of a small foreign country in "stuff" that I never seem to get around to ...hopefully, this will not only inspire me, but feed some low burning creative fires!

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  42. Count me in! That is exactly what I've been trying to do is work only with my stash of fabric and yarn!
    Thanks for hosting this!

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  43. I am still destashing, having made another quilt for orphans, an apron for a swap (I slipped off the wagon here...but who has pin-up fabric in their stash?)it was reversible and the back side was out of my stash. Have had monthly giveaways giving away large envelopes of my stash and destashing old patterns, notions and quilt books. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. Just found your wonderful blog! I am in desperate need of de-stashing, and I have so many projects in mind. Can I still join your group? It will give me motivation to organize my time to sew more. :-)

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  45. I am in need of this challenge, please add me in. I do mostly all crafts so I am going to stick to this. Thanks for the inspiration

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  46. Oh I would love to be included in the de-stash! I'm making quilts for my kids new beds and I'm trying to use as much stashed fabric as possible! I have tons of jeans in my fabric stash....I'd love to do a denim rag rug!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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