Deb, a long-time reader (I'm talking 10 YEARS here), messaged me on Facebook, asking if I had any yarn organizing tips to share with her. Once I stopped laughing (I mean, really, she asked ME for organizing ideas), I decided that yes, I do
have some ideas. They're just not well executed, is all. Apparently, the road to knitting chaos is paved with good intentions.
For example, there was my project bag organization idea
, which got sort of, um, out of hand. And then there was the yarn dresser approach
, which worked for a few months, anyway. And, of course, there was the day I bowed to the inevitable and purchased under-the-bed storage bins
for my worsted and bulky weight yarns.
But, as devoted readers (there must
be one or two of you) will recall, I now have an entire ROOM in which to organize my yarn, because Brian was kind enough to go off to college
a few months ago. And I won't lie - I envisioned a beautiful set-up in this room, a sort of working studio, as it were, with the added benefit of a bed to sleep in if Larry were snoring too much.
I know I've asked this before, but where DOES a dream go when it dies?
|Not very comfortable to sleep on|
So, yeah, step one of yarn organization is to leave a lot of junk on the spare bed, because you're going to get to it some time. Are you taking notes, Deb?
still have the yarn dresser. I moved it into the closet of my, ahem, studio. Unfortunately, it's full. Full of yarn? Well, sort of...
|The, uh, miscellaneous drawer|
|Spinning supplies, because I'm delusional like that|
|Drawer for sport weight yarn, but other stuff sneaked in|
|No idea what all this crap is|
I also still have the two under-the-bed storage bins, now under the bed in my wannabe studio. It is
nice to have them out of my bedroom, so I can Swiffer under my own bed more efficiently. But they are also full.
|Worsted yarn I'm gonna do something with. Someday.|
|Bulky yarn, ditto|
Oh, and I have this three-drawer rolling thing-y that Susie no longer wants. I shoved most of my fingering/sock weight yarn in there. That's organized, right? Tell me I'm right.
|Totally gonna knit this. Soon. Really soon.|
Let's not forget the cotton collection! Attractively arranged in a pretty hatbox I stole from Anna...
|This used to be full, but I gave some away. See? Organized.|
Organizing my knitting needles was definitely a challenge. Used to be, I never knew what I had, so I would just go out and buy a new set every time I started a project.
Look, I'm not proud
of that, okay?
But then I came up with the idea of sorting them by size into those plastic zippered pencil cases that go into three-ring binders. It's like I'm a genius or something, you know? So now I have two binders full of needles, and I'd say that I can find the size I need at least 50% of the time. That
, my friends, is progress. In my world, anyway...
|This actually works. Yeah, I'm surprised, too.|
|Complete with needle gauge and template of someone's foot...|
To round out my studio, I have one of those cube things, to store books and needle binders (see above) and such on. There are supposed to be a few blue storage bins in there, too, for odds and ends, but Susie confiscated them. The bins, that is. That's okay - I would have just filled them with junk, like my dresser drawers.
I CAN'T HANDLE THE BINS.
|Surprisingly empty, but we know it won't stay that way, right?|
And I have a regular bookcase, too, that I use to store my sundry knitting bags and baskets filled with unfinished projects.
Look, I'm an artist
. You can't expect me to operate in a linear fashion. STOP STIFLING MY CREATIVE INSTINCTS.
Oh, and speaking of unfinished objects (UFOs, in knitter parlance), here's a basket of sock yarn leftovers that are slated to be used for a blanket I started knitting, oh, 2 years ago.
I believe the project bag holding the blanket is in that first picture, lying on the bed under the purple yarn that is waiting to be knit into a school-colors scarf for Brian. No rush, people, I've got 3 1/2 more years to get to that scarf. More, if he does grad school there...