Tosh Merino Light - Margaux colourway.

Tosh Merino Light – Margaux colourway.

Stash – for knitters – this is the collection of yarns that the stashee has fallen in love with and stashed for a future project.  For some this becomes a SABLE – Stash above and beyond life expectancy.

Dorothy, a friend and co-worker, and I were discussing our “stashes” yesterday.  Dorothy was expressing concern that perhaps her stash was getting out of hand.  Dorothy had found a half knit project from last fall that she had completely forgotton about!

Deep, dark, purple Tweed!

Deep, dark, purple Tweed!

I was quick to assure her that it really wasn’t a problem – after all – giving where we worked – we did very well to stay as focused as we did on our current projects – try envisioning a chocoholic working in a chocolate house – that is us!  And Emily had been particularly good this last year at bringing in luscious yarns, in amazing colours – how could we not continue in the stash enhancement process!  Last week had been particularly difficult.  A bag of stunning purple Donegal Tweed come home as did four luscious hanks of Tosh Merino Light in the Margaux colourway!  Another weak moment!

Beautiful little sideboard.  This was delivered yesterday.  It has been in a basement and needed a little cleaning, Murphy's oil soap, followed by an application of English Oil and it looks fabulous.  Holding the dings and scratches of a lilfe well lived.

Beautiful little sideboard. This was delivered yesterday. It has been in a basement and needed a little cleaning, Murphy’s oil soap, followed by an application of English Oil and it looks fabulous. Holding the dings and scratches of a life well lived.

As I was telling her this I was also envisioning where I was going to put the new piece of furniture (new to me), that I had just bought for my stash management.  Last week was not unusual for me…… Management was!  A stash is a collection.  I am a collector.  Collections need management.  I still collect books, and over the years I have collected antiques of all kinds – furniture, glass, china, jewellery and stuff!  Now I just collect yarn and books.  Perfectly reasonable.

My new piece of furniture is a small sideboard / china cabinet.  It is designed in the Art Deco style, most likely made in the 1920’s.  It is made of solid wood, maple I think.  The drawers are dovetailed with the original wood drawer pulls.   The side board was constructed in two pieces.  I bet originally you could buy one and add the other later.  Very well designed.

Pretty Spring flowers

Pretty Spring flowers

It fits beautifully at the top of the stairs and I have already filled the top with the small bits that I have collected over the years.  The bottom is waiting for this weekend, when I will attempt to slightly organize my projects and stash so that the most current projects and the next in line are all there!

Fibre junkies are as addicted to the feel, look and smell of the fibre – as any other type of junkie is to their fix.  Our addiction is generally more productive! LOL!!

We create gifts for many, knit for ourselves, relieve the stress of the everyday and generally mellow out as we play with our collections.

Happy Stash Enhancement and Collecting


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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