Day 3: Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches – 2kcbwday3

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 organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

My Stash Before Home Office Relocation

So, my stash … The photo above appeared on the blog a few weeks ago as I was talking about stash busting, and it is best overall view of the stash at this time.

I think just looking at the picture you have the sense that I am a stasher, not a project buyer. However, as I am not a sweater knitter, I generally never have more than 200g (8oz) of any single yarn or fiber. So I have all sorts of fibers, however, I seem to be drawn to fingering weight yarns, despite my lack of interest in making socks.

Since the photo was taken we have rearranged the house slightly and I store my fiber in my clothes closet.  I get a kick out of having my sock yarns next to my socks, small amusements keep me smiling. The projects next on the to-do list usually sit in a basket next to my desk.  While this basket is not very organized, it does keep me motivated and remind me not to order more yarn!

The stash next to my desk

The main source of true organization for me is Ravelry.  My “Stash” (if you are a Ravelry member feel free to peruse) has been a way for me to keep track of what I have and when admiring a pattern on Rav, I can quickly figure out what I can use from my stash for that project.  Having the Ravelry Stash has also ensured that I have pictures of my yarns and my projects, something I would likely not be doing on my own.  This blog has helped me keep a record of the projects I have done, it doesn’t really play a role in my stash collation.

While I make extensive use of Ravelry and Rubbermade totes for stash storage, I am a bit more freeform on tool storage.  As an Knit Picks Options interchangeable needle user (both the Nickel Plated and the Harmony Wood) I have okay physical storage for my tips and cables in a DellaQ fabric case and no use for digital storage.  I do find the DellaQ case a bit to big and floppy to be overly useful, but it works for now.  I have plans for a more permanent solution which I am not quite ready to reveal yet (and I haven’t worked out all the details).

Scrap, Spindle and Needle Storage

So I guess I am pretty organized, however this may have more to do with the fact that I am living in my parents house and I have to keep myself and my stash wrangled into the same area where I work and and sleep, or up in the attic which is just too far away.


9 thoughts on “Day 3: Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches – 2kcbwday3

    • It has taken some time, but not being “allowed” to have my stash all over the place has helped significantly!

  1. Ravelry is my only salvation. Without it there would be chaos. I just pray that the internet never disappears in puff of smoke, because if there was no Ravelry, I would be lost.

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      I download the excel file every once and a while to make sure that if the internet explodes I have some idea what is in my stash!

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