Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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. Tips: Many people use their blogs partly as an organisational tool – logging and cataloguing projects and newly attained skills, projects and modifications. Did you bare this in mind when you began blogging?
Yarn (dis)Organization/Wrangling
This bag travels with me everywhere:

Even to work, though I rarely knit at work. Can't leave home without it. It often contains more than one project. (Or the possibilities for such).
Contents: Options needle set, all knitting paraphernalia - scissors, tape measure, markers, etc., waste yarn, chapstick, hand lotion.
If I'm headed off to work and the current WIP is nearing completion, despite the fact that I don't have time to knit at work, unless illness warranting an ER visit, thus ER waiting room, ensues, I will make sure there is yarn and pattern available for project that I can start if I finish the one in progress. Twisted, eh?
Balled yarn waiting in shoe pocket:
Purchases on top of my clothes closet, still in shopping bags, or designated to project bags:
Purchased collapsible baskets holding some stash in another closet:
Hank draped over coat in coat closet waiting its turn to be balled (once balled it may end up in shoe pocket):
There is also a chest of drawers dedicated to stash yarn, as well as several plastic bins. If
Armageddon befalls us, I will have plenty of choices for knitting!
I do have a very organized system for books and needles, to which I strictly adhere. This wall of books contains all pattern books. There is a lovely turquoise vintage coffee pot with a bouquet of vintage straight needles on top of bookcase. All working needles are contained in specialized places and secured in personal closet. I once found a knitting needle on the patio table, having been left out overnight. The boys had pulled it for some such experiment that enters a boy's mind on a whim. Long talk ensued and importance of needles being designated use ONLY for knitting clarified and established. (though on occasion I use one to extract kitty toy from under dresser. If I pull a needle from that coffee pot, Heimo comes a'runnin'! He knows that a toy will be forthcoming soon.


  1. Your blog is so much fun to read XD I love the line about Armageddon

  2. You must really have alot of yarn! I keep noticing how many people have knitting needles displayed like a little bouquet. I have that too, in a little pink flower pot that I keep on my desk. It makes me happy every time I see it.

  3. I love the needles and books- so lovely and inviting. Let's ignore where our stash is dotted..... it's all just breadcrumbs of possibility right? Loved finding your blog!

  4. My OH jokes that we will be sorted come Armageddon as I will at least keep us warm and clothed now!

  5. I have a shameful amount of yarn! Today I purchased two more skeins. These skeins will hit the needles on next project, so won't become part of stash! Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments. It's nice to know you're being read, isn't it? You make my day!