What is the best way to store your yarn

Hello,

How do you store your knitting yarn until you need it? Is there a special way/place? Does it depend on the type of yarn (cotton/acrylic, etc). Of course I will eventually use it, but just asking!!

Thank you

I keep mine in plastic bags in plastic totes. Many many totes. And in boxes and more boxes…

LOL…so just like mine, although you probably have much more!! I have mine in plastic inside a box. Thanks so much for the info.

I have a solid and glassed front cabinet that I keep acrylic and cotton in. My wool is in one of those giant Ziplocs. Well, that’s most of it… I have a bunch in the LYS bags sitting on my sewing machine in the closet. If you don’t look in there it’s all nice and neat. :roflhard:

I have mine in about a billion boxes. Most of my stuff is just acrylic, so I don’t really bother with storing it too special.

LOL…too funny

Zippered plastic (acrylic?) project bags.

I don’t have that much room, but if you do Dollyce’s method is awesome! You can actually see your stash! :thumbsup:

Mine’s all stored in the basement in plastic bags inside plastic bins. There’s also some of those plastic drawer things and a few cardboard boxes.

knitcindy

My wool is in giant ziplocs with the air squeezed out, in labeled cardboard boxes. My acrylic is loose in sealed giant plastic bins. Makes it all a bit hard to fondle, but it works for me… :wink:

Ooooh, Art Lady, I like, I like it a lot! :inlove:
Wish I had room for that…

[I]Most[/I] of my yarn is stored in several of those hanging shoe/sweater containers (like this: http://www.containerstore.com/reviews/closet/hangingBags/naturalMaterials?productId=10005136) and is hung in a closet. This makes for easy accessibility–but it also allows the hubby to gauge exactly how much yarn I have (uh oh).

If you decide to go this route, there are expensive containers out there that are specifically made to hold yarn. However, why you need a specialty one is beyond me. The sweater (and shoe) containers work perfectly and can be found for very cheap! In fact, I “came up” with this storage idea long before I saw the expensive yarn-specific ones. (But you know how marketing people are: they try to sell you, say, a specialty quesadilla maker when a skillet works perfectly fine!)

My “other” yarn is stashed in plastic bags, paper sacks, and totes and is probably knitted or crocheted into UFOs.

Oh yes, I have lots of it stored ‘on the needles’ too, and they’re stuffed into the plastic bags and totes along with the unworked yarn.

I have bags similar to these, but much, much smaller because mine are all packaging from curtains and bedsheets. :teehee:

I purchased 2 sizes. The smallest size holds 10-12 skeins/balls/hanks of dk yarn. The medium size would hold 20-25 dk yarn. More or less for fingering or worsted or bulky yarns, of course.

I originally purchased two of the small size at my LYS, but the cost of about $4 each prohibited the purchase of more bags.

But one day, as I was looking around in their Accessories tab at WoodlandWoolworks.com (they are no longer in business) I spotted the very same “project bag” for $1.25. HOLY HANDBAGS! They also carried med and lrg sizes. So I also purchased the med size. I’m a sweater knitter, so these bags keep a “sweater’s worth” of yarn fresh and safe from dust and bugs until I get around to knitting the garment!

Artlady,

Where can I buy those zipper bags?? I know that quilts/blankets and sheet sets are sold in them, but I just want the bags. Any ideas on what I would call them to do a search on google??

THANKS, knitcindy

I’ve been surfing around on the web, looking for them…but so far haven’t found them in my yarn bag sizes. There is a company called ULine.com…I’ve purchased these same zipped vinyl bags from them [U]in larger sizes[/U]. The bags I got from them hold a sweater, with room to spare…or a sweater coat. The smallest [B]zipped vinyl bag[/B] ULine carries is 15 x 18 x 3". Click here.

The two sizes I purchased from WoodlandWoolworks are:

11 x 9 x 3" (with 14 balls Berroco Pure Merino,worsted wt)

15 x 12 x 4" (with 22 balls Plymouth Tweed, aran wt)

So keep surfing the web…type clear zippered vinyl bags into Google Search. I hope you find them. I’ll keep looking, too. It sorta bugs me that my size bags have seemingly disappeared when WoodlandWoolworks went out of business. BTW, I went to their website to see if they were still offering anything, and they do have a page filled with referring links. So try that, too.

Edited to add: I messaged the Elkins at yarn.com (WEBS) and inquired about the bags. Will let you know what WEBS says.

You got me curious so I had to search, too. :teehee: Dollyce, you’ll have to weigh in here as whether these are similar or would work.

These have a tightly meshed end for breathablity.
http://www.grandriveryarns.com/acc-stash-bag.htm

Not meshed
http://www.premieryarns.com/product/Afghan+Storage+Bag+ExtraLarge+14+x+6+x+24+36+x+165+x+61cm+1.aspx

The ‘tightly meshed’ bags are waaayyyy too big, IMO.

The ‘not meshed’ bags…one of them is about the same size as [U]my medium-sized bag [/U]
(15 x 12 x 4": 720 cubic inches) $2.75

[B]Here’s a photo of the ‘not meshed’ medium-sized bag that you found:

(14 x 6.5 x 9"[/B]: 819 cubic inches) $3.99


I kinda like the handle on top!

Another idea I had: visit all the yarn websites you can think of…and click onto their Accessories tab,
or Storage, or Tools. Those tabs are where they’d put the vinyl zipped bags for sale.