Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches – How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised?
So when I saw this topic on the list several weeks ago I thought – I should use this to motivate me to finally inventory and organize my stash. Well, that didn’t happen! So, today I will use this post to make public my goals and share a few smaller areas that are lovely and organized.
First, the good news: I did organize my buttons recently. I had buttons literally all over the place in boxes, bags and sewing kits in every corner of my house. I found these organizers in the bead/jewelry area of my local craft store, and they work perfectly to keep them collected together, but spread out enough to find what I need. Of course, color is the primary organizing factor, and as usual I ended up with a “warm” and a “cool” box (unplanned, but I always seem to do this).
Aren’t they pretty basking in the morning sunshine?
I am also pretty organized about my swatches. Each time I make one it gets a full label with all of the details about the yarn, gauge, washing & any swatch notes about how I worked it. I keep them all in a box, and I can rifle through them to find equivalents, colors and ideas for new projects anytime. I will need a bigger box soon, but I am happy with the system so far.
So, now for the bad news: My yarn is far, far, far from organized. I took a headcount this morning just to see what I’m up against and found that I have a total of 309 skeins, cones or balls of yarn ranging from 2500 yards to 150 yards per item ( and I didn’t count any leftovers or partials in this). I knew I had a lot of yarn around, but I really had no idea it was that much!! I think I could knit a cozy to cover my house with it 😉 . It is in several places in my home. It is jumbled into baskets, bags and boxes. I started to try to organize it by fiber, but then it got mixed up, and I didn’t have any system to organize it into other than large plastic bags (I have had trouble with moths so I keep everything in air-tight containment now). So basically, I still end up running up and down stairs and piling bags on the floor when I’m looking for something. I need a system, and I need records so I know what I have. Ravelry seems to be the logical choice for record keeping. I am hoping to find inspiration for a system by reading today’s posts!
Now, in front of the whole blog-o-sphere:
I promise to inventory, stash on ravelry, organize into bins, and then use or trade/sell/gift all of my current stash by this time next year.
I also promise not to buy anything that I won’t be using immediately for a project (this may be the trickiest part of all.) To that end, I think I’m going to put up some sort of stash busting counting tool on the blog. I hope that a similar head count next year will be under 50 items, if not less, and mostly new items with planned projects.
Wish me luck!