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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Organisation or something along those lines

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.
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 one is interesting to me.   I have a lot of my stash in plastic rolly boxes and all that yarn is on Ravelry along with its location (aside from one that I know isn't where it says it is, but can't remember where it is).  There is some that is in my sewing room that has not yet made it onto Ravelry including at least one fair-isle kit and a bunch of cones sitting in the cocktail cabinet that is also not on Rav.  I really should get those photographed and added to Rav, but not sure if I will just yet.
So, that's my yarn.  Mostly in boxes, some not.   Those boxes however are all over the house.   There's some in the conservatory with a fabric coat to keep the light out, some in with fabric in the glory box out there, some in the main hall cupboard and some in our wardrobe.   As well as this there's a lot of fibre that isn't yet catalogued and it's also scattered around the house; considering it will eventually become yarn it does need to go into the stash on Rav.

Next is my needles.   My straights are all nicely in their needle roll; easy to find and pretty.   My circulars are in one of three places.
1. My DMC bag which I bought for my Knitpicks set of interchangeables, most of this is nicely filed but there is at least one needle set that I need to take apart and file again.
2. In a drawer in my desk, this is mostly my addi's and hiya-hiya's plus a couple of unknown rubbish ones, my DPN's and knitting accessories.  My crochet hooks also languish in here; really should try crochet again, something a little more challenging than dishcloths.
3. In project bags along with knitting, usually with the knitting firmly attached (I hope)

Then there's my spinning stuff; aside from fibre this is all in my sewing room.  Wheel, trolley, waterproof bag (which I made), art-flyer, Lazy Kate, Niddy Noddys (4 I think), oil etc is all to be found in that room. It's the only craft I practice where it's all in one place; oh, aside from the library.  That's in the lounge along with the knitting and crochet library.   My sewing library is however in the sewing room.

Really, what I need is a big room with lots of storage to put all this stuff in, then we can have the house back for other stuff and the boys can have a room each when they want to.  At the moment you can barely fit a standing person in the sewing room, let alone a horizontal child with a bed!


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A Yarn Room! You're right, that would totally be the answer to all of our problems. :-)

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