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« on: March 20, 2005 11:58:53 AM »

Ok, so I now know that I am addicted to knitting, yarn and all of their other wonders.  But I am quickly running into a problem...I don't know what the hell I have!  I can go through it over and over again, but I never remember that I bought 3 balls of cotton 4 months ago!  What are you all doing to keep your yarn and needles organized and what sort of inventory system do you use?  I have a serious aversion to organization, but this is getting ridiculous!

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2005 12:08:32 PM »

I have a needle case for all my needles and a huge bags for yarns.  I use one-gallon ziploc bags to separate different yarns.  That way I have them semi-organized and can still see them. 

Earlier this week, I use micosoft excel to make a spreadsheet with the yarn, needle, and project.  In excel, I have different worksheet (tab) for yarn, needle and project ideas.  Well, even with the spreadsheet, I still manage to buy another set of #11 needle, even though I have 4 sets already. Wink

Good luck with your organization.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2005 12:11:06 PM »

Over on the Knitting Tips thread, someone has posted a little card that her yarn store uses to help customers know which needles they have. You could make another one for yarn as well.
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2005 12:12:14 PM »

I use a small notebook with small samples of the yarns and fabrics I have at home.  When I go to the store I know what I've already got and I have things to match against if I need more.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2005 06:21:09 PM »

I already know I have most of the needle sizes I use, and if i buy one more pair of size 0 dpns thats ok since i periodically lose them O.o.   Eventually I hope to get a set of interchangeables (really want wood or bamboo, but i might end up getting denise since i hear better reviews about them), then ill have my bases covered for the sizes i use, since i dont really like straight needles too much- jsut another piece to lose.

Yarn and fiber are stored in giant rubbermaid tubs, my closet, and another closet.  Smiley that doesnt count the laundry basket thats full of wpi.  I don't really know how i know what i have- i just do.  I don't tend to have a stash that has enough yarn of one type to make a sweater since i make mostly small projects, and i have a decent memory when it comes to what sock and laceweight yarn i have in the yarn tub. 
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and i have an entirely differnt shelving unit for the yarns in my shop (or wating to be added)
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2005 07:26:54 PM »

Okay, this is going to sound pretty nerdy but I have all my (newest) novelty type yarn in my handheld computer. I need the calendar for my job and I just added in the yarn in the tasks section. My friends laugh at me but when I get to a store I can look and see if I really need another black or if I have enough!

Works for me! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2005 07:54:56 PM »

Ooo, good ideas!  Thanks and keep them coming...
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2005 07:58:58 PM »

Okay, this is going to sound pretty nerdy but I have all my (newest) novelty type yarn in my handheld computer. I need the calendar for my job and I just added in the yarn in the tasks section. My friends laugh at me but when I get to a store I can look and see if I really need another black or if I have enough!

Works for me! Roll Eyes
actually i was going to do that once i got my pda up and running again so i can have all my yarns at home catalogued so i know what i have there while im at school.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2005 10:52:39 AM »

It really does work well. I have mine in the tasks--rank is how many I have--up to 5 and if there is more than that I make a note.Also, I put the color combo in the notes if I need a reminder.  I have categories of the different kinds or brands. I check the box (task done) if I don't have that anymore but don't have it disappear off the screen, just have a line drawn through it so I know I had it but don't now. You could also use a spreadsheet in Docs to Go if you wanted or needed more space. And it's all right there!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2005 11:35:31 AM »

Knitrageous,

You are awesome girl!  I don't know if I can do all of that.  I might just need to do something on an Excel spreadsheet and try to make that work.  Hmmm...
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