Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week, Day 3

Day Three: Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

Well, you're not going to see any pictures of my stash, not here and not on Ravelry. It's too big for me to own up to publicly and most of it is currently stored in the back yard shed during our ongoing basement work. I have large plastic tubs that are more or less organized by type of project the yarn is intended for. I've got a stash of yarn for kids' sweaters, a small stash of sock yarn, a tub full of single or double skeins for accessory projects,a whole bunch of worsted weight wool in various colors for colorwork projects, and a substantial collection of yarn for sweaters because in my heart, that's what I am: a sweater knitter.

As for needles and other supplies, I tend to be anal retentive about putting things away and keeping things organized, and I still find myself tearing apart the house looking for this or that particular needle while everyone is waiting in the car for me. I have a roll-up fabric holder I sewed long ago that holds smaller DPNs, a larger roll-up needle holder a friend gave me for Christmas, a hanging fabric holder for some of my circular needles, some interchangeable sets that came with their own cases, and an old video box to hold all the other odds and ends like pom-pom makers and T-pins. I have probably a half dozen measuring tapes. I put one in every knitting bag and on every bookshelf, and I can never find one when I need it. I think evil elves steal them in the night. Or possibly my children. They love playing with measuring tapes, especially the retractable kind.

I would love to say that when the basement is done I'll have a lovely craft area to call my own, but alas, it's probably not going to happen. I'll make due with stacking my plastic tubs in the unfinished closet area underneath the stairs and I'll do my best to use up the yarn faster than I accumulate it. Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's not so bad.


gay said…
i have had some success in knitting through my stash but it seems i always add as much as i use so it stays the same. i keep my yarn in pretty hatboxes stacked up and the overflow in the shopping bags or boxes it came to me in so not so pretty. inside the boxes total mayhem! my needels i keep in an antique spool box and same inside...mayhem!

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