Wednesday, September 8, 2010

deCode • deStash • deClutter

"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
                                                                -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This very quote could not be any truer of how I currently feel. Over the past three years I have printed, collected & stored a lot of crafting patterns. Most of them have stemmed from my current crafty obsessions of knitting and crochet. Along with these, I have also collected numerous sewing patterns.

During the last six months or so, having these piles of patterns creep up in every corner has completely overwhelmed me. Rather than tackling the piles, I would store them neatly in boxes. I knew I needed some way of breaking down these piles without shredding them.

So my goal is to deCode • deStash • deClutter! By doing this, I am hoping to learn different/new techniques, use up my ever growing stash of yarn and fabric and to obtain a clearer crafting space.

The first plan of action is to sum up what I have.

Above is a photo of 1 binder, plastic view sheets, printed sheets, pamphlets & a few magazines. All patterns!

A few of my books that contain patterns.

I also have quite the stash of patterns stored electronically.

  • 241    .pdf/documents stored on my PC drive
  • 215    ravelry library
  • 24      queued
  • 1106  favorites on ravlery
The collection listed is probably a good estimate of what I currently have for patterns. There are still a of couple of boxes that may have patterns in them. My uncertainty is due to the fact that during our last move, I had placed a few piles into some unlabeled boxes. I haven't bothered to search for them because I'm afraid of the many patterns that could be found!

How does one collect so many patterns? Easy! Especially with sites like and so many helpful, fun & free patterns via blogs. I organize a local knitting group & members will give me a lot of their unwanted patterns or books to share. Sometimes a few will leave my hands, but most of the time I end up keeping them.

Just in case, because you never know when you just might need that certain pattern for that certain gift for that special person. Or it might be because someone in the group is looking for that particular piece. At any rate, I am happy to be tackling these patterns!

With this step behind me, I plan to set forth and organize the chaos of these patterns. Follow me as I fumble through these patterns, attempt to de-code some, learn new techniques, use up my stash & have fun in the process!

Stay tuned for my next post: Patterns in Piles

with peace love unity and respect,



  1. BRAIN SLUG !!!!!!!

    I know how you feel. Every couple of months, I have to re-organize and de-clutter my craft room. Its a dumping ground for all things crafy (and books, and clothes.)

  2. I can't wait to see your progress as you decode, destash and declutter! :)


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