Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I'm slowly but surely going through all my stuff deciding what to keep, what to store, and what to give away. Today was the yarn stash. I made some decent progress.

I've got a big pile of yarn I need to give away:

A small pile of yarn I'm going to store:

And only a tiny bit to take with me.:
Hmmm.... looking at the ratio of keep to give away is making me sad. But it's just yarn (I know I know) and I can get more when I come back. Still... I might need to move a little of the Lambs Pride into the 'store' pile.

I also organized all my partial skeins, feltable wool, washable wool, cotton, and 'other'. I was thinking about giving them to the Goodwill, but then I remembered there was a place in Portland where they recycle craft stuff. I actually couldn't find the one I was thinking of (off Sandy Blvd - named cat-something, kitty-something?), but I did find SCRAP, the School & Community Resource Action Project. I just went and dropped off a big bag of yarny bits, and OMG - if I weren't leaving the country, that would be my new favorite store.

It's small and a bit rough around the edges, but it is packed to the gills with potential craft projects - for cheap! There were maps of Portland 2 for a quarter (would make awesome wrapping paper... or wall paper!), boxes of teacher chalk, markers, paints, magazines (decoupage-o-rama!), wrapping paper, ribbon, trims, yarn & fabric - also officey type stuff like paperclips, index cards, folders etc. TONS of stuff... for CHEAP! Now I know most of the people who read my little blog probably already have well established stashes - at least for their craft of choice, but if you ever wanted to cross-craft or just play - this would be the place to get some inspiration. If you're in the Portland area you should check them out - they're in North Portland on the Williams Rd. near Failing. If you're not in the Portland area - you should see if there's something similar where you are.


Melody said...

I've been wanting to check out scrap for a while now. You've convinced me. It sounds like a good place to stock up for my classroom. Oh! I wonder if they do a teacher discount seeing how their name says they're a school resource. The stash looks like it's been distilled perfectly. I'll take some paton's off your hands if it needs a home ;-)

T is said...

OMG I never knew such a place existed. I LOVE it, it might just become my new favorite place as well, and it is just right down the road from me YEA! Good luck going through all your stuff, I know how much time/enegry that can take.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I'll have to tell my friend who lives in Portland about SCRAP- she would love it!

And your "to take with me" pile puts things a bit in perspective. You have some gorgeous yarns to keep you company at least! And I'm so glad you are taking some STR with you :)

Bezzie said...

Um, yeah no way could I go to that store. That's like an alcoholic going to a bar...too much temptation!

jovaliquilts said...

It's always so hard to part with stuff, but I've learned I rarely miss it! Just a chance to get better stuff in Thailand. I bet they have wonderful textiles!

Melissa said...

That looks like a cool place! I'll have to pass the info on to our donation person here at work.

Your "take with me" pile looks so small, but it's probably very realistic. I am always way too optimistic on how much knitting I'll get done when I travel.

Lady Miss Violet said...

I think the recycled craft materials place you're thinking of is the Knittn (sic) Kitten on 75th and Glisan. I've been there once. Sort of a mishmash of different stuff. Worth a visit.

gl. said...

yep, SCRAP rocks.

are you thinking of the "knittn kitten"?

also, if you're into fabric instead of yarn, Trilliuam Artisans offers fabric at $1/lb:

Rebel said...

Yes! Knittn Kitten, that's the one! I'll have to check that out... except that I can't actually buy anything.

Michael5000 said...

I am feeling guilty and ashamed that I didn't tell you about SCRAP. If only I had acted sooner! Maybe you wouldn't be leaving us!