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« on: April 28, 2016 05:41:47 AM »

I'm moving into a new place this weekend, which is the perfect opportunity to re-think my yarn storage (and my fabric storage, and my tool storage, and and and- well, you get the idea! Grin). Currently, I keep my yarn in a big plastic tote box, which is a) somewhat unsightly, and b) I always have to take everything out to find what I need. And the yarn tends to unwind itself from the balls and get tangled in the process. I'm thinking about going to the dollar store and investing in lingerie washing bags to keep the balls with their mates- there's nothing worse than being 3/4s of the way through a project and not being able to find that last skein you know was there last time you looked!

I really want to get rid of the ugly plastic box. Looking at it is plain old de-inspiring. Not just uninspiring. That would sort of be a neutral outcome. I find the sight of unnecessary plastic hanging around makes me feel like i don't deserve to make nice things, if that makes sense.

Which brings me to my next idea, which was to use Craigslist to find a small dresser on the Free Stuff board. It doesn't really matter what it looks like- hey, I'm a Craftster! We can gussy up anything! There's a company called Solutions (clearly founded by someone with OCD Wink) that sells all manner of drawer dividers and that sort of stuff. If I had those, I could designate each drawer for a colour family and know at a glance what's what.

We all know the terrible secret of serious knitters- we all have a stash, and it's much bigger than we admit to. How do you store it? And do you have a way to keep track of it?
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017 05:13:10 AM »

I have just a little stash of yarn and it fits in a hatbox. I only do a little crochet sometimes. I have seen stashes of yarn online where they are in plastic bins all stacked. And someone had an open cabinet with triangular slots with yarn stashed sort of decorative.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017 12:32:48 PM »

Check this out. Isn't it glorious? "Caked" yarn stored on a peg board. If only.

I don't have such a beautiful array of stash yarn and I also don't have the space to do something like this. I know what you mean about the plastic bin, though. It's not conducive to inspiration. I've gone through a number of yarn storage options as my stash has grown and shrunk and grown again and as I have moved to various different places. I bought a lovely wicker chest for it at first but I had the same problem you did with not being able to find what I wanted. Also, somehow the yarn always got tangled and knotted together even when I hadn't touched it in ages.

In my first house I got one of those ikea shelves that are all square openings and some of the baskets that fit into them and put my yarn in there, organized by fiber type. The stash outgrew that eventually, then had a baby and gave away about half my stash and was able to fit it into a few file boxes. I still can't find anything though.

I'm in a new house now and I don't know what I am going to do here. I've been really good about not adding to my stash and I am working through all my unfinished projects and trying to use up my stash. When I have used enough, I can buy more! Right?

I think the dresser with drawer organizers is a great idea. You could probably make your own organizers if you didn't want to buy them. Or you could maybe use christmas ornament spacers if you have generally smaller skeins.



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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017 01:47:35 PM »

That is such a work of art on it's own!

I have yarn stored in clear plastic bins with lids. I don't have a gigantic stash like some of you so there are only 2 bins, one with natural fibers the other with the rest. I like the clear bins, the yarn is pretty to look at even in storage.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017 07:13:15 AM »

WOW!  I am afraid if I stored yarn like that, my cats would have too much fun!  Grin

I store most of my yarn in plastic bins in a small closet. I have one for each type of yarn, like sock yarn, DK, etc.  I sort by gauge and also fiber. I use baskets to put yarns in for projects for the next month or so...ongoing projects are kept in tote bags with the pattern, needles, etc.

I made these for a friend in an apartment...they are intended to store yarn in a closet using regular clothes hangers. They hold about six large skeins of yarn...

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