Stash Bust Update, Second Half of 2018

I’m still, slowly, working on my stash.  I had a lofty goal of reducing my boxes of crochet from 12 to 6 by the end of 2018.  It is the end of 2018 and I now have…drum roll please…9 boxes.  While I didn’t make it to 6 boxes, the 9 boxes aren’t quite as stuffed as they once were. Not what I had hoped but a little progress.  In 2018 I only purchased two skeins of yarn.  This was to make a hat for my brother.  And I received some yarn support for two designs that will published in 2019 by third parties.  So overall, my yarn stash did decrease, just not as much as I had intended.  Once again, the second half of 2018 was busy and I just did not get to crochet near as much as I had planned.  Here is what I did complete in the last 6 months of 2018-

Pumpkin Eyeballs


Harvest Corn Pillows

candy corn crochet pattern by Darleen Hopkins

Christmas Tree Pillows

Crochet pattern for Christmas Tree Pillows, set by Darleen Hopkins

Mother Bears for donation


A potholder gift


An ear warmer headband for me.

Calgary Ear Warmer Headband

And last, but not least, 3 more octos for donation to local NICU.

octos 6, 7, 8 for NICU

I’ll be back at stash busting in 2019.  However, I think I’ll make my 2019 goal a little easier to measure.  I plan to set a goal by weight rather than volume.

Happy New Year to you all.  May 2019 be filled with lots of happiness and lots of crochet.


Owl crochet pattern

Totally Free Crochet and Craft Books

How to get TOTALLY FREE Crochet and Craft Books

swagbucksSound too good to be true? It’s not. You can earn free craft books just by searching the internet with Swagbucks, seriously. Swagbucks is a search engine that randomly issues points for searches. Collect 450 points and you can turn them in for a $5 Amazon gift card. Get $25 in gift cards and you get free shipping on most of Amazon’s books. And if Amazon isn’t your favorite, there’s gift cards for Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and a ton more. Magazines and eBooks are available with points, You can also “buy” tangible goods with your points-a Conair hair straightener is 2,625 points or you can save for an Apple iPad Mini for 41,250 points! Or donate your points to a charity.

It’s that easy.

I found out about Swagbucks in January 2009 and have been using it ever since. To date I have earned 28,974 points or 64 gift cards for $320.  I tried to do a screen shot of my recent activity.  It didn’t come out great but hopefully you can see all my redemptions. There are more ways to earn points than just searching the internet. You can also earn points by using coupons-the same coupons you get from, just thru their link. You can earn points by shopping at or just by going thru their links. If you download and use their toolbar, you’ll get 1 point a day. If you have the time (I don’t) you can complete surveys and watch videos and earn points. It’s really amazing. So WHAT IS THE CATCH?? None really. I don’t receive soliciting emails from them-at all. I might get one or two a month telling me about a new SwagEvent, but that’s it. However, there are ad links on the search results and the search engine isn’t the most comprehensive. But it does serve for most of my searches. If I can’t find it with Swagbucks, then I pull up Google and look there. So if you want to try it out, click the link. If you decide to sign up and try it out, I’d REALLY APPRECIATE if you used my link as I do receive referral points.

Search & Win

If you haven’t started using Swagbucks to search the internet, it’s time to start.