I have several things I need to work on - Motif club motifs and the Mystery blanket club for next year.
My main inspiration is colour, especially the colours of my yarn, as you probably know its all naturally dyed and the colours are softer than chemical dyes.
I believe they are kinder colours on the skin, it doesn't matter what age you are or colour your skin is, the natural colours will flatter you.
So I normally start a designing day with my stash. I don't have a huge stash at home as I have the pick of NDS's stock whenever I want it, so I keep most of my stash on-line in NDS's Shop.
The rest of it is kept in baskets around the flat, I like to be organised.
There are baskets for each weight, although having said that I only have 4 ply and Dk at the moment.
I keep the yarn on old circular knitting needles (which I also use to hold motif's, when making them).
I bend one end over and slide a small ball of yarn onto it, then bend the end around the ball so it fixes it in place and stops motifs and balls sliding off the end.
This is the blanket I am working on at the moment, its secret, so you will have to wait and see.
I collect colours on the needles, the yarns are normally a selection of types rather than a single yarn type as its the colours that I'm more interested in. When it comes to writing a pattern I normally choose the yarn that features the most in the design - I know its a bit naughty of me, but its the way I have always worked.
Someone on NDS's Facebook Group joked that she would have to hide her stash in a duvet to stop her husband from realising how much she had got. This made me think it might be a nice idea to run a competition for idea's for the best stash hiding places.
So that's what I am going to do.
The competition is "What's the sneakiest place to hide a stash?"
Just comment on this post with your hiding place idea's, the best idea will win a skein of their choice from my giant NDS Shop stash.
On November the 1st 2012 I will ask Phil to judge them.
In theory being a man he should know places he wouldn't think of looking for a hidden stash.
However in reality he is a knitter and has his own stash that he hides from me in plain site.
His stash basket looks like its full of patterns and needle cases, but every so often he drags out a skein of yarn hidden in the bottom of his basket that I had no idea he had.