Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Le Stash

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear you talking about stash this and stash that.  Well, I'm here to tell you that my stash is bigger than most!  There are probably a few out there that can trump me, but I bet they could be counted on one hand...hahaha

It started very simply and innocently with the desire to learn to make my own yarn.  From there it became a minor addiction that grew into a small little idea that I could sell some of my stash to get fresh stash.  It very quickly snowballed into what is currently known as the house of wool.  The snow ball event occurred shortly after the company I worked for went belly up.  As luck would have it,  during that same time period, the fiber stash enhancement business was starting to take off.

Now, I do have to be honest here quite a bit of the fiber seen in these photos is shop stock, but until the shop is up and running I am considering it stash.  I see that as OK, because if it doesn't sell or the store never opens, it will remain a permanent fixture in my stash!  Good think I only pick up things I like!

Big pink UFO behind bag of yarn and roving.  What you don't see are the 7 skeins of handspun yarn in the tiered bins of the 2 huge bags of fluff and yarn to the left behind the UFO. 

Handspun for a sweater on top of hand-dyed.

Weighed and to be priced.

Ready to head to the Fair!

Almost missed showing this 2 pounds of fiber:)

These were hiding in plain view too.
The Pink bags are full of dyed tops.  Not seen is a bag of washed fleece which is the remainder of the fleece to be spun from the white handspun yarns in the bag a few photos ago.  And yes, that is a loom under all the wool!

Bin 'O' Batts

Weighed out tops on top of carder stash bin
Inside carder stash bin.

More tops on top of carder in box on left and you guessed it more combed dyed tops in box on the right. The bag on the right is just for my spin-in stash.

Carder with scrappy bin to left

Yarns on the drying rack.  Yep, they are all dry, just need to get them in before nightfall and this was the only spot open because........
The indoor drying rack, aka the chandelier, was full of lace yarns drying.

From left to right:  fleece, roving from Tanglewood FArm, Coopworth, & handspun I don't want to part with (yet).

Fibers & Yarns on my favorite to spin in cat scratched wing back chair.  Note the two smaller bags under the TV on the DVR box.  Yep, you guessed it....  That's fiber too!

How many wheels can you count in this picture.  Note one doesn't look like a wheel at all.

The sheepy wheel next to a box of you guessed it more fiber.  this one is just 1/2 full though....lol

The Pirtle spinning wheel.

Fleece in the garage.  would you believe I open these and check them every month?

Yeah, I'm a little crazy.

Crazier still....

Does this @#%DQ$% ever end!?!

Nope, it doesn't.

See, I told you so. Fleece in black bag on top of 4 shetland fleeces in bin.  I missed one or two in the garage I think.

corner of shop stock room.

This is my prized possession.  Not sure when or if I will be spinning it, but I am keeping it for a very special project.  I would not part with this fleece for any amount of money!  Chris, if you are reading this, you know what fleece this is!

Old stash.

More old stash from back in the day that my stash actual fit in a freaking clothset.  

shop stash.

More shop stash.

Now that I am done describing all the stash photos, I have come to the conclusion that I seriously have a problem.  And it's not that I have too much stash.....  It's that I realize I have a few more stash spots that I forgot to photograph, such as the cedar chest, trunk, drawers, my Gran's garage................

Yep, I have gone a bit over the top, but thankfully the shop stash will be separated from my personal stash soon.  Both Bill and I look forward to that day.  


Delighted Hands said...

Get that shop open and stocked! Then you won't have any problem in the house/garage beyond what a 'normal' fiber enthusiasts has that is!
You will have a ton of stuff on display at the fiber show this weekend! Good for you!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I did excuse you from the dare lol wow! So when you say 'shop' do you mean your Etsy shop? Or are you opening a physical location? You have my head spinning, lots of stuff there I would buy lol and tell me what the fleece is in the big bag!? It looks scrumptious! And huge! I have to put all my stash in one room as I have had problems with moths in the past when I had it scattered, had to buy a flying pest strip and close the door, finally got them out of my wool, but I still see them around the house. Found a wool cap I knit in a basket in the living room reserved for such things, shredded. I don't dare let my guard down! Sooo, any of those colorful tops for sale? LOL Thanks for sharing :)

LunabudKnits said...

Hehehe. We have one more variance hearing to go through and then we should have some smooth sailing with finishing up the shop building!

As to keeping everything bug free.... Well, once a month, I open all bags to check for bugs and air them out. I also spray the house once every other month with pyrethrin to keep the crawlies away.

Pyrethrin is derived from the chrysanthemum and is bio-degradable so it breaks down naturally in the environment when exposed to light and oxygen. It is also one of the only bug killers approved for use in the food industry because if ingested by mammals in small amounts the stomach acids readily break it down. In small amounts it acts as a bug repellent.

So I feel safe that I am not harming myself or others using it. Plus, I like the added security in knowing the fibers I sell and ship to customers are bug free:)

You can buy it at most farm stores. Found mine at Tractor supply being sold as a 'dairy farm' spray.

The tops are for sale which ones are you interested in?

LunabudKnits said...

Did I ever mention how excited I will be to have the house back? Gosh, I cant' wait for the new shop.... Sigh.......

Katie said...

I just found you through etsy---I love that wool...and now I love this wool too! Can I jump in a big pile of it?! Weee!

LunabudKnits said...

Come on over any time!... Stash is for having fun with:)

Other Fun Facts..................

I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.

I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)

'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)