In January of 2022, I saw an Instagram post by @Hadabashery suggesting a MAL called the Maker’s Dozen. The guidelines were simple …. Use existing stash to complete 12 projects throughout the year and/or finishing long neglected WIPs. Sounds like a great plan, right?
In my case, it was a huge success. I ended up completing 21 projects of varying size …. 3 hats, 7 pairs of socks, 3 cowls, 4 sweaters, and 4 shawls … to be precise and it was all from stash yarn!
If you are a long time follower of my fibre adventures, you’ll know that I don’t have a massive stash. I tend to keep it fairly small so I was surprised with what I was able to squeeze out project-wise.
While I kept good notes on my Maker’s Dozen projects, I wasn’t always diligent about taking photos. Some of the projects below won’t have any because they were gifted before taking a photo even occurred to me. Regardless, prepare for a bit of a photobomb 🥴
Wilona Shawl by Expressions Fiber Arts in handspun (gifted before photo )
If you’re still with me after all of those photos, thanks for hanging in there!
As you can see, 2022 was a very productive stash-busting year and I plan to continue with that in 2023. I still have my Half and Half Wrap to finish and I’m closing in on my Exploits Valley Hap. I also have a fair bit of handspun that I would like to transform into knitted and, possibly woven, goods.
Did you participate in a stash-down last year? How did it go? Maybe it is a goal of yours for 2023. I’d love to hear about any stash-down experiences you’ve had.