As title really, do you organise by colour, by weight etc, or are yarns just put in a box where there’s room? I need some ideas as all of my yarns are just chucked in a big plastic box and I end up buying new when there’s already some in my stash, and it’s getting expensive!
I have a couple Ikea cabinets/shelves that I mainly use and a closet that has my sewing machine where I can organize. I prefer organized by weight and then color. I figure I’m most likely to stick to one weight and choose colors from that. Right now it’s a big mess though.
I admit, I follow the heap method of organization. Several heaps really. Each in a different bin or bag or chest.
Good if you like the scavenger hunt searching method to go with.
That’s basically what my method …errr…mess looks like now. The problem is I often can’t find what I’m looking for so I just buy more which adds to the mess… It’s driving me mad right now.
I have a large tote I store all my yarn in. That is, after the avalanche caused by removing the wrong towel from my closet shelf. I forget to go through my stash before buying more yarn and then and up with multiple half-used skeins of the same color. I also have a bad habit of over-estimating how much yarn I’ll need for any project. So the stash keeps growing. Because my latest yarn purchase will not fit into the tote, I have come up with several new projects (most of them Doctor Who related) that will use a lot of the TARDIS blue yarn I have. It will only involve buying some white in the same weight.
Anyway…I decided to store my needles in the tote so I have to get into the tote to access the appropriate size needles I need for a new project which should then prompt me to see what yarns I have and what yarns I will need for the new project before I go to the store.
I have quite a few totes and large handbags I don’t use. So each one I store yarn by colour. Each handbag had the hues so I knew which to go to. This way the handbags get used, since bought by hubby! If I could only get him to like buying yarn!
I know this is about organizing stash, but here’s some thoughts on using it.
I also tend to overestimate how much I’ll need for a project (sometimes intentionally because running out is NOT an option!). Sometimes I just buy a pretty/soft/eye catching skein of yarn by itself and later wonder what I was thinking. So I have a big stash, some lovely, some not so much.
I knit hats for charity throughout the year, but once a year or so I’ve been doing a “charity hats or other stuff knit from stash only” project. It’s actually pretty fun and cheery. Here’s some links I have for stash busting projects.
And of course there is always the log cabin blankets /pillow covers /squares /rugs…
Unfortunately I’ve found I have a very short attention span, so need a ‘busy’ pattern to lose myself in - beanies, blankets etc, unless they have a pattern such as lace or cabling, don’t tend to hold my attention. Annoyingly at the moment I seem to be having a prolonged fibro flare and my brain is refusing to cooperate! Just tried to do the crown of a hat, I’ll have to frog and start again tomorrow with stitch markers as apparently I can’t count
I ALWAYS use stitch markers. No point in worrying about counting or getting an decrease in the wrong place because that would annoy the crap out of me!
I need some new ones, been using these ones: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/qm9/KnitPro-Plastic-Locking-Stitch-Markers-Purple-Green/B009NERKU2 but I don’t know whether it’s me or them but I keep snapping the things so need to get some of the ring type instead
I have my yarn in two plastic bags. Most of them are sorted by size in those bags, except for a few stray large skeins of yarn that is included in the bag with the small skeins of yarn. I also have yarn I am using or have used in my knitting bag. Good luck with organizing your stash!
Just saw this on FB!
I have those markers and I ONLY use them on the fabric itself for marking something or holding two pieces of fabric together if needed. I don’t like them for on the needles.
For a long time I used these metal ones that you can get in the jewelry section of a craft store. They get crappy looking after awhile if that matters.
HOWEVER, I no longer use them. They work as long as the split doesn’t open or they don’t catch on the yarn. I now ONLY use these. If you look closely the metal ends are inside the bead. The shape of the marker also makes it so they don’t slip under YO. I get them at my yarn store and they are worth every penny.
There are other markers that have the ends tucked in a bead that would probably work fairly well. They may slip under YO though so be careful.
I store my yarns by color in very large white paper boxes from IKEA (in their office products section). I have six boxes: greens, blues (2), gray, black and miscellaneous. On a Postit note, I write yarn brand, name and color and # of skeins. You could also similar boxes from Amazon. Michaels and JoAnns has good storage boxes, but they are much more expensive than the ones @ IKEA,
To prevent buying nearly identical shades of the same color, I used to use my iphone to photo the yarn in my stash. Now I used a new app, called Photo Moxie. It allows users to organize photos into file folders and subfolders, which I label by yarn name. Now I know how different types of blue yarn I have.
I also have StashBot on my phone for estimating yardage.
I also photograph circular needles in their package right after I buy them as a way to prevent duplicates (I don’t like interchangeable sets).
IKEA storage boxes http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70323780/#/40263626
Thank you! Some great ideas there
My stash is everywhere as my husband is working on fixing up the room I used to store it in. Right now it’s in bins mostly, in zip lock type bags due to bug paranoia. I want a big shelving unit with like, blocks for my yarns and probably some of my craft books. I don’t know how long the renovations will take, probably a long time.
I use bookshelves (from office, before I retired) with yarns held in the cheapest clear plastic (open topped, so yarn can breathe) or cheap tulle or organza gift bags. I sort bags of yarns by intended projects. When I change intentions or just get a little bored, I rearrange everything! I like handling my yarn and admiring my good taste in yarns, colors, projects – until I change my mind again. Good fun for a slow morning.
I’m old to knew
I have plastic drawers which I keep wool in then I never use the new wool before it becomes old lol
I have horrible stash organization from moving about four times in just over a year and I simply haven’t had the energy or motivation to redo it. right now it’s all stowed away in plastic totes, bags, chests, etc. all over my house. when I do get around to actually doing it again, though, I’m going to get some of those stackable cubes, organize by weight, then by color. I will probably also have a separate compartment for all of my worsted cotton and one for my decorative yarns that I would generally use in tandem with something else (eyelash yarns, sequined ribbon yarns, etc.)