How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organized, blog about an aspect of that organization process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organized stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.
Ok, I know there are some crafters that are meticulously organized and have their workstations clean and tidy and everything has a home that it stays in. I applaud those people, and their workrooms are usually beautiful and I’m jealous of them. I am not one of those people. I can’t help it! I think it comes from the fact that I was an artist before I was a crafter, and artists are stereotypically chaotic. I fit that stereotype to. a. tee!
It’s not for a lack of trying, either. I bought these nice boxes from IKEA to organize my craft stuff. I have a box for “thin” yarn, a box for “thick” yarn, and a box for projects that are on needles that I haven’t worked on in a while. For the most part, the stuff inside those boxes is decently organized. It’s the stuff not in the boxes that’s a problem! For starters, I think I’ve out grown the boxes.
In the spirit o’ the topic, I took a quick tour of the apartment and snapped a photo of yarn everywhere I found it. I’m kind of embarrassed to post these pictures, but I’ll do it anyway, out of love for 2KCBWDAY3! I’m dedicated to the cause!
- Exhibit 1: The sock yarn keeping my envelopes company on my bookshelf. These are one shelf above the boxes that my yarn is actually supposed to live in.
- Exhibit 2: Sometimes the yarn doesn’t make it out of the bag it came home in until I start knitting with it.
- Exhibit 3: For some reason, the sweater for my Central Park Hoodie is hanging out on a crate in front of the closet, instead of being *in* the closet.
- Exhibit 4: There is a random ball of yarn sitting on an empty can of peanuts next to the phone that’s not even plugged in, on top of the file cabinet next to the couch. WHY??
- Exhibit 5: The box in the living room where I put whatever knitting notions are on the coffee table when company arrives.
- Exhibit 6: This bag has all my fiber. I think there’s a ball of yarn underneath it all.
I think my knitting is even less chaotic today than it was last week. I know it looks crazy. I know where everything is, though! Last time I organized my knitting stuff, The Sweater I No Longer Speak Of™ went missing for over a month. Surely you can see why I wouldn’t want to clean again!
Really though, as far as organization goes, the Stash feature on Ravelry has been a lifesaver. Once I know what yarn I’m looking for, I know where to find it, but there’s no way I could keep track of what yarn I have without my Stash. Every time I get new yarn, regardless of where it winds up in the house, I take a picture, make note of the color and dyelot, and immediately add it to my stash. It’s all a mystery from there!