I too have a craft room/Library and I basically use the plastic bins as well - although I have used my little p-touch labeler and labeled everything so I know exactly what is in each bin - I now have about 100 lbs of fiber and I usually can find what I'm looking for pretty quickly. I have also put up shelving to hold all of my plying threads/ cone yarns and other add ins - this way I can see them but they are up on the wall and organized. Other than a full California Closet system especially designed for fiber I don't think I'll ever have the perfect system.
Woo hoo this is fun! At least I am not the only fiber freak! Although Jacey most definitely got me beat! You go girl.
Let's see I have:
4 lbs of Tussah Silk 1 lb Optim Merino and 6 more on the way 4 lbs of romney roving (got to meet the sheep it's from!) 2 lbs of mohair 2 lbs natural black baby aplaca unprocessed 1 lb baby fawn alpaca 10 lbs of various uncarded dyed wool 2 lbs natural mohair curls 1 lb cotton clouds 1 lb of cotton sliver 2 lbs falkland 4 lbs dyed merino - just dried and ready to be spun 2 lbs 80's merino 1 lb BFL .5 lb of white baby alpaca 1 lb merino Tencel 2 lb of superwash merino
I Must order more plain merino because that's the backbone of my spinning! I'm thinking of getting a 27 lb bump so I won't have to order for a while. And I've got my eye on some seriously decadent 150's merino and more alpaca!
In addition to all of that I have about 25 lbs of Natural yarn for dyeing - and a stash which is way way out of control!
I have the 2nd bedroom in my apartment as the Craft room - I store all my jewelry making supplies there too.
Question - for those of you who spin RH Lindsay wool - do you prefer the merino or the falklands - to me there isn't that much different in softness but I think the falklands is slightly easier to spin. It doesn't seem to get as compressed as the merino in the dyeing process, so needs less predrafting....any thoughts?
Does anyone have an electric spinner? I've been looking at the Babe's Electric Bulky spinner...but haven't been able to find any reviews on it. The bobbins hold 2 lbs of fiber and I think it would make plying a dream.
I have a louet s15 and I like it. I'm getting the larger flyer and a bulky bobbin for plying cause I want skeins that are over 200 yards. I think the louet is a good all around wheel you can spin bulky and fine and it never needs to be oiled.