My family recently made an interstate move for my husband’s new job.
People kept asking whether we were “excited about the move.” We’d usually answer, “We’re excited to be in our new home, but we’re dreading the process.”
How’s that for an honest answer?
Moving is stressful because it’s so disruptive. Putting everything we own into boxes is tedious. And let’s not talk about the piles of dog hair that get exposed when furniture starts getting pulled away from walls.
Not to mention how all of it cuts into my knitting time!
With the trauma of our recent move fresh in my mind, I thought I’d share some yarn related tips to help your next move go more smoothly.
We’ll be apart for how long?!
When it comes to your yarn, approach your impending move as you would any trip.
The length of the vacation dictates how many projects a bring along. We’ll be traveling for a week? I bring four or five projects. It’s just a weekend away? Two or three projects will do the trick.
When knitters and crocheters say they spend more time packing the vacation projects than they do their vacation clothes, they aren’t joking!
Planning the length of your separation from your precious yarn because of a move can be a little trickier. Because of the distance my family was moving (over 700 miles), we decided to use a moving company. We were told up front it could be over a week from the time our items were loaded at our old house before they were delivered to our new house.
Factor in the time in boxes before the movers arrived, and I was staring down around three weeks without access to my stash!
I don’t know about you, but my yarn and books are often some of the first things I pack because they are easy. Unlike the fine china, they don’t have to be carefully wrapped up!
With that amount of time in mind, I left five projects accessible to get me through. Your needs may vary.
Variety is the Spice of Knitting & Crocheting
Variety should be your keyword when selecting the projects you leave accessible.
Consider leaving out not only a range of skills levels, but also various states of completion.
Let’s be honest. Moving is a disruptive, time-sucking activity and you probably won’t actually have time to knit or crochet.
For my five projects, I left out my Miss Kitty top from the Louisa Harding Jesse book. This lace top (the blue project just above) was my main work in progress when we found out about the move. It took concentration, but I thought the momentum would get me through.
I haven’t touch it in ages. sigh
My second project was the Spens Cowl from the Juniper Moon Farm Alban Collection. That’s the green project on my tea mug at the beginning of the post. (The mug is from this Etsy seller.)
Marlowe Jeweltones is a 50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk blend that is squishy and delicious to work with. Just the yarn for when you need a little pampering.
The Spens Cowl starts and ends with cables, but it soothing stockinette in between.
This was my mindless project for when I was tired from packing. Indeed, I finished knitting the cowl in a little more then two weeks and well before the moving truck arrived at our old house.
Packing away your yarn and projects for a move might be a good opportunity to force yourself into finishing some projects that have been languishing. Or not, those two scarves are still half done.
Sort things out
Speaking of unfinished projects, moving is a good time to purge.
Take a look at your stash and release those yarns you know you’re never going to use. See if your knitting and crocheting friends might be interested, then look for other outlets.
Houses of worship, senior centers, after school programs, and even thrift stores are all places that might be willing to give your unwanted skeins a new home. Remember to call ahead to ensure they’ll be interested!
Everything you dispose of it not only one less thing to pack, but also one unfinished project no longer giving you guilt!
Take time to go through your stash that is making the move to ensure it is all properly secured. Wind those loose balls and tuck in the tails! Put things in project bags or even sandwich bags to keep them from rolling around.
What’s the saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of tangled yarn. You don’t want to open your box and be greeted by the mess I found after our last move.
Remember to label your boxes clearly so you can quickly find your yarn in your new home.
I saw a tip on Ravelry to use yarn as packing material. This seemed like a clever idea, since it has to be packed anyway. I’d already sealed most of my boxes by then, but a few skeins were still available. I didn’t use it to cushion the fine china, but I did distribute it a bit.
This has turned unpacking into a bit of a treasure hunt! I open a box and am surprised to find yarn included. It’s also extra motivation to make sure we finish unpacking in a timely manner.
I almost forgot the most important part!
Once you decided which project won’t get packed, put them somewhere safe so you can get to them. This is especially important on the day of the move.
Put your selected projects into the car to keep them safe.
The survival kit returns to the idea of packing for a trip. It should include clean clothes, toiletries, medications, towels, toilet paper, coffee or tea and the equipment to make those beverages, maybe some dishes and pans.
You get the idea. The important items you’ll need to make your first night and morning in your new home comfortable.
Find a new source
Of course, as important as keeping your current stash safe is the ability to keep it well fed in your new home!
Personally, I made sure there was a local yarn store or two in the area before I agreed to the move. LOL
To help start your search, you can use our Store Locator feature to find stores across the USA that stock our yarns.
Do you have tips to make relocating your yarn go more easily? Share them in the comments! It’s too late for me, but you never know who you’ll help.