stash storage

TBT…Fleece edition.

I have a confession to make…

I sometimes shove a load of pictures from my phone into blank posts and save them as drafts, only to forget they exist. I can’t tell you how many of these “pictures only” drafts I’ve deleted from my blog after looking at them and not remembering what I wanted to write.

It just so happens that this is one of those posts.*




Hand carding! Making Rolags! Excitement! Adventure!

I can tell you that these were the pictures I took at Friday Night Knitting when Courtney brought over the fleece we bought at Stitches West. We dumped it on a bed sheet, separated and weighed it.


Courtney playing with the hand carders.


These big clear bins are great for keeping my fluff in.

After making some rolags, I tried spinning some of it. It’s nice and soft.


I thought I would try spinning some of it.

I can tell you this…I am not done carding it. Carding this stuff is one of my least favorite things. I mean, I dislike brushing my own hair, why would I enjoy brushing sheep? It’s pretty sad…but on Friday nights when my friends come over to knit, I’ve been recruiting them to do it for me. I’m lazy, really. I did hit up a friend that just moved in nearby to see if I could use her drum carder to finish this stuff. I know I’ll make a mess, but it’ll be way more speedy than how I am doing it (or not doing it) right now.

Hopefully she can find it among all of her moving boxes. Keep your fingers crossed!

(*These pictures are over 2 months old. I had a lot of drafts that were FAR OLDER than this.)

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I’ll get there eventually…

I am sure that everyone has different ways of calculating the enormity of their stash. I believe mine boils down to volume. I’m constantly justifying it by saying things like “Once it’s spun down, it won’t take up nearly as much space”. The problem is that I haven’t been spending much time (until recently) spinning it down.

I live in a condo with three other humans that also have stashes of their own. From sports cards to toys, it all takes up space. Space we don’t seem to have. Sure, I have an armoire dedicated to my yarn (and some beads and other craft supplies), but I also have a pile of garbage bags behind my closet door filled with fiber. I have it jammed in a cabinet in my dining room and in the closet by the front door. It’s everywhere and it is starting to feel overwhelming.

(There you go…I’m sharing my fiber hoarding secrets with you…)

I am also starting to feel like I should be making more things with my hand spun yarn. I haven’t done much with what I have so far yet. I’ve sold some, or given it as gifts, but I should really be making things with it too.

On the other hand, I am trying not to beat myself up about all of my fluffy things. I will get there. I am skipping yarn crawl…so maybe that might be a good weekend to binge spin.

In the meantime…you can take a look at my new pretties… all dry and skeined up! They’re just waiting to be tagged and placed in the space I made in that armoire for my very own yarn.


This is some scratchier fiber I spun up. I am not sure what to do with it yet. (I’ll take suggestions…)


Blarney Yarn Fiber, Red Fish Dyeworks and Octarine Fibers!

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Stitches West 2014: Adventures in Fleece

It was a few years ago when I had convinced myself that I wanted to adopt a fleece. I had gone through this whole phase of wanting to go from sheep to garment. This involved me bringing home a dirty fleece once. A really dirty fleece. So dirty that I gunked up my kids’ bathtub and then my husband instating a Renfroe household rule banning me from bringing dirty fleece into the house.


Bella on the scale.

But I can explain…


Walking the floor with two bags of fleece.

The household rule banning my possession of dirty fleece is common knowledge amongst my knitting group. But Courtney is a smart girl, and adept at getting around the rules. So months ago she told me she had an idea.


Courtney and David with Bella and Lucky.

Courtney did her homework and came up with the perfect plan for us to wash a fleece in the hotel bathroom. She knew exactly how to sell it to me… my husband couldn’t possibly get upset with me if I brought home clean fleece.


The bag of Bella fleece.

So David, Courtney and I went to Judy’s Novelty Wool booth and we split 2 fleeces, three ways. Now, Bella was already cleaned, so no problem there. She was greasier than David liked, but I don’t mind my fleeces slightly buttery. That lanolin is good for my skin. So half of the work was done and Bella was tossed aside. Lucky, however, was our dirty one. The three of us put down a shower curtain on the floor, dumped the fleece out, and started to sort pieces into “dirty” and “less dirty”.


Starting to sort the fleece.


Proud parents!


I actually took this picture by accident when trying to take some video.

We stuffed the fleece into lingerie bags to soak in the tub.


Lingerie bags are ready!


Soak #1 with plain water…


Check out that water! Here is where I let Courtney know she is making me nervous holding her phone over the tub.

We soaked the fleece for twenty minutes in plain hot water. Then we soaked in hot soapy water. Of course there were multiple soaks, but I passed out on one of the hotel beds sometime before 1 a.m. I hear that Court and David were up until 4 a.m. They let me sleep because I had to drive us home from Santa Clara and they knew I needed the rest. Of course, this means I don’t have any photographic evidence of David breaking one of the salad spinners that they used to dry the fleece when they were done. Sorry, I’m no journalist.


Courtney and Dawn.

Now, this isn’t the end of the story (or process). While I have Bella here at home, Lucky is still at Courtney’s house. Lucky was dry enough to bring home in the van, but she still needs some work. I am hoping to get together with Courtney sometime soon so we can finish work on her and get her ready to spin!

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To your battle stations! (or how to identify a bug)

I had such plans for today. I was going to be productive…get things done.

It started off pretty well. Got a call from a friend and chatted for awhile. Pinned and repinned the latest sewing project. I even showered. Hooray!


Then, at some point after lunch, I heard a noise. A flippy kind of buzzy noise. Like something had gotten in. I looked over to the corner of the dining room and there he was.


It was pretty big, about an inch and a half long, with a missing back leg. Of course, I don’t know bugs, so I immediately thought the worst. I mean, bugs in general don’t scare me unless THEY CAN EAT MY YARN.

So I proceeded to do what any concerned fiber artist that can’t identify bugs would do…I went to the Internet.

I posted pictures to Instagram, Facebook, and twitter…tagging all of my trusty fiber artists to get feedback. I grabbed all yarn in the vicinity and threw it in a trash bag and shoved it in the freezer immediately. I pulled out an extra bag of cedar balls from the stash closet and started leaving them everywhere.

Of course, I’m getting mixed answers of the identification of this thing, from grasshopper to locust. I’m still planning on getting my hands on some lavender so I can start sprinkling it everywhere.

Hopefully the stash is safe.

(And for any of those concerned, I didn’t kill him. I took him down the hallway and let him go outside.)

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I’m a girl that comes with baggage (er….boxes).

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 | blah blah blah, CogKNITive, stash storage, Uncategorized, yarn | 2 Comments

Ok, so I have gotten a bit sidetracked as of late. I guess it is your quasi-normal “life” type stuff keeping me from visiting my blog…despite my having a lot to say.

It’s just been a little crazy with all sorts of things being flung into the mix. I had a funeral to go to last week, currently the folks in my condo building are all fighting with each other, and did I mention my Mother-in-law has been in town for the last three weeks (oh, and she’s renovating…)?


(Part of) the stash.

So, during this crazy time. I have had a chance to really think about the state of the stash. Some of our recent, unplanned renovations have forced me to take a hard look at what it is I have.

Above you will see what is the majority (not ALL) of my yarn stash in file boxes. I have had no desire to buy yarn or fiber lately,thankfully. Last weekend, I went to Vogue Knitting Live (which I will write about later) and I barely even looked at yarn. It’s a good thing, especially since when packing all of my life’s possessions, I realized that I had things I don’t even remember buying.

I have decided that from now through the rest of 2011, I am going to start knitting some of this down. What is stopping me from using this as a time to just knit a bunch of random things? I can keep some for myself and give some away as gifts. I don’t have to have a plan for *everything*.

I also plan on starting this weekend. I am almost done with the baby blanket I am working on and Friday I am headed to Tehachapi for the 3rd annual CogKNITive Fiber Retreat. I can lock myself away in my hotel room Friday night and knit to my hearts content. I’m taking some hat patterns and yarn. I could fly through those…

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My dirty little secret…

Monday, March 7th, 2011 | blah blah blah, stash storage | No Comments

I am not one to want to show off my stash.

Now, I don’t know many knitters who are willing to really show off their stash. Mine is my own personal dirty secret that only my family knows about.

So, because I have had such a bug up my butt about cleaning the house and purging my extra crap, I went on a tear the other night and decided to reorganize the stash cabinet. I did not take a before picture because that would be WAY embarrassing. I also want you to know, before I start getting messages from any hardcore knitters saying that this does not look like that big of a stash, this is not ALL of my stash. I have a dresser drawer and every available space in my closet filled with fiber (which takes up far more room. Oh, and there is some stashed in a cabinet in my dining room…and some in a hanging basket in the dining room….and a bag full next to my glider rocker in the living room….

You get the idea.


OMG! My sewing machine fits now!

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I wonder why…

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 | blah blah blah, FO's, handspun, knitting, stash storage | 4 Comments

…all of a sudden it seems like I am drowning in UFO’s. It really feels that way. Maybe it is because I am trying to feverishly clean the house in preparation for my parents visit? I’m not sure. I swear it feels like this place is swallowing me up.

I did some major purging today. I have a bag of yarn to take to the shop to give to whoever wants it. I figure if someone can use my leftovers and maybe get some inspiration…well, more power to them. Right now it is just clogging up my stash cabinet.

I am also in a place where I would rather have some FO’s under my belt as opposed to having huge amounts of unfinished projects lying all over the place. I feel some new years’ resolutions coming on, one being to knit and spin down my stash. Maybe stick some of it up in my etsy shop. I have this weird thing about hanging on to stuff, I really need to not see every skein of my hand spun as so precious to me that I can’t sell it.

So, today I finally got a project done. Thank. God.


Office Blankie.

I can finally get this bad boy out of the house and either take it to work, or keep it in the van in case I get stranded somewhere. It’s not super big, but it is nice and warm. It makes a good lap blanket.

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You know you have a yarn “problem”…

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 | blah blah blah, knitting, stash storage | No Comments

…when you start keeping your stash at work.

Rowan Big Wool

Rowan Big Wool

In my defense…it is VERY cold at work…and I almost never remember to bring myself a sweater…so a blanket for my desk seemed like a good idea….although I may look a little silly all bundled up in the corner of the office when it is 90 degrees outside…

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