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.
This is a bit hard really. I live in a small house with three other people, the husband and the kids, H and N. We all have hobbies that require stuff. Some of us have more than one hobby and that means even more stuff. For example H is into reading so she has a million books. They fill bookshelves in her room and stand in piles on the floor. She’s also into LARPing so there are lots of foam swords, pikes and supplies for making the foam weaponry. N likes to play so there are tons of toys. Legos are a favorite, as are various size cars. The husband likes tools. He has a tool for most everything. The house is bulging at the seams with all the things that keep us entertained.
My stash is fairly small, though growing since I have that little sock yarn problem, and mainly wrangled in a large, dead body sized plastic box. Inside all the yarn is kept in the bag it was brought home in or moved to a plastic bag if the original bag was paper. I try to keep like things together to make it easier when planning a project. Also inside you’ll find a couple of bags of leftover yarn. Next to the large plastic box is a stack of smaller varying sized plastic boxes that hold all my patterns, books, tools and a few skeins of special yarn that doesn’t mingle with the main stash.
I currently have 4 knitting bags sitting in my bedroom with projects at various stages. There is the sweater I am currently ignoring. In the bag is the sweater parts, yarn, pattern and needles necessary for the project. There is a bag with all the squares I’ve knit so far for the barn raising quilt blanket. That bag also contains bits of sock yarn to be used for more squares. The last two bags have socks in progress. I honestly have no idea what is in the bag with the top cinched tight and I’m not going to look either. The final bag, an old canvas bag I bought in college that is quite worn and soft, is my current sock and the yarn for the next pair of socks. I take this bag when I go places. It has my tool bag, an old make up bag bought in a thrift shop, and all those things I might need when out like tissues, a pen and a scrap of paper with 2 lines of heel instructions for turning the heel. I can never remember how many stitches for my perfect heel.
I have tried to keep my stash on Ravelry but I just can’t seem to list it all. The more yarn I put up on my stash page the worse the weight on my chest gets. I don’t like knowing exactly how much yarn I have. It’s too stressful. I do know mentally that I have maybe enough yarn for 1 or 2 sweaters and more socks than I’ll need in my lifetime. That’s all that matters.