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Yarn Holders

Keeping our knit and crochet WIPs (works in progress) neat and organized is important not only for inspiring us to work on them, but for keeping our living spaces looking good.

313947_10151048516990983_973697833_nThis picture has been floating around the internet for a while. I’m not clever enough to figure out the original source, so I can’t give the proper credit.

Still, I’d like to applaud the person who came up with this idea for being pretty creative.

If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at….it’s a free-standing toilet paper holder. These items have a fairly slim profile and a weight base, which combine to make them good holders for your working yarn. If you wrap the yarn around an empty toilet paper core, as the picture taker has done, you ensure your yarn will spin freely as you knit or crochet. (Or when your pet attacks it.)

However, as clever as this is, I don’t think my hubby would approve of having it in our living room. Since I believe the ability to compromise is important for a healthy marriage, I started thinking up other options.

IMG_3052Yarn in a tea-pot is a new trend I’ve been seeing recently, so I thought I’d try it out. (I used Louisa Harding Grace Harmonies Yarn for this experiment.)

You won’t catch me doing this on a regular basis. In fact, this photo is the one and only time I’ve done it.

Maybe my tea-pot was the wrong shape, but I found it very difficult to get the yarn tail out the spout. I had to use a crochet hook to feed it through.

Then, as soon as I manged to feed the yarn through the spout, I had a craving for a cup of tea. Lesson learned: Don’t use your only, or favorite, tea-pot as a yarn holder.

IMG_3049This wine box seems like a viable option.

The small, slim skein of Sirdar Kiko fit in the tube quite nicely.

IMG_3050There would even be some room for a pair of needles, as well as the project as it grew. You could poke a hole through the lid and feed the tail out for easy use.

Alternatively, some people use wine boxes of this type to store their straight knitting needles or crochet hooks.

A down side of both the tea-pot and wine box was that I couldn’t see my pretty yarn.

IMG_3054So I shoved it into a cookie jar. This seems to have potential. I can see my pretty Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn and the lid closes securely to keep out pets and dust.

I just can’t bake any cookies until the project is finished!

IMG_2988Another option that allows me to see the yarn, and is decorative to boot, is one of the crystal bowls we received as a wedding gift. It might as well be useful while it’s taking up space on the table. (Yarn is pretty than potpourri!)

Speaking of potpourri, that’s a lot of yarn. Sirdar Giselle Aran, Louisa Harding Amitola, Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed, Queensland Collection Superstar (gold), and Katia Hechizo (red)

Multiple balls can be used for decoration. Put one ball in the bowl if you’re making a project. The ball can roll around, but not escape.

Another option is to pick up a “yarn bowl.” You’ve probably seen these pottery bowls around. They have either a hole or a notch in the side through which your can feed your yarn. It keeps thinks a little neater than an open bowl like mine would.

Many local yarn stores keep a small stock of yarn bowls on hand. Fiber festivals are also good places to find them. There is an art gallery in my town that has them in the window. Just keep your eyes open.

IMG_2989After all my experimenting I settled on this nice basket that was part of a care package I received over the holidays. I was standing there munching on cookies and though, “Wait a minute!”

The basket is big enough to hold a sweater, has handles for portability, and doesn’t look half bad on the coffee table in the living room.

It’s a much better situation than when my projects were spread all over the coffee table! Projects using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, Viking of Norway Balder, and Louisa Harding Amitola.

How do you keep your active projects contained?

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13 thoughts on “Yarn Holders

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Absolutely agree! Absolutely Love It! I’ve been doing such awhile now, and think Crystal Containers look so nice, better holdint yarn than in the lighted Display Cabinet! :)

  2. Kathy Koch says:

    We received three cans of assorted popcorn for Christmas and I’m using the empty cans for yarn projects. Can see the yarn through the plastic lids, keeps the yarn free of pet hair, and tolerates the grand-baby happily rolling around or toppling over the stacked cans even with yarn in them. Hubby burned holes in plastic tops to feed yarn through and glued the plastic inserts to the lids for reinforcement.

  3. Ruth says:

    I am the tote bag queen – cheap at Wal-Mart – especially if end of season and who cares if I’m using a NY Yankees bag in the winter, also great souvenirs with a practical purpose – and always ready to pick up and go!

  4. Marianne Loveland says:

    very nice and cute ideas

  5. Mary Brinton says:

    I keep mine in one tote bag or another, but my current project lives in the pretty Vera Bradley bag my son and his wife gave me for Christmas, which was given specifically with that in mind. Thanks, kids! I LOVE IT!

  6. Patti Warren says:

    My WIP’s are tucked away in tote bags…one for each project! I have way too many tote bags in my home! I need to get to work, now! LOL!

  7. Elaine says:

    I love to use pretty tins to keep my yarns in, especially the big popcorn tins. A friend uses the round oatmeal boxes. And I’ve discovered that if I visit our local tennis court on Mondays, the trash cans are full of clear tennis ball containers with lids.
    My favorite project bag for travel is an old suitcase, about 12″ square .

  8. Maranda says:

    I split mine between baskets at home for large projects (they fit perfectly next to my feet on the leg rest of my recliner), tote bags or pretty decorative boxes with lids for medium sized projects (depending on whether or not the project is running errands with me that day), and cosmetic bags for the small projects so I can knit on my lunch or in between meetings at work. My 10 year old daughter uses cute hobo style purses for hers and has a coordinating yarn in each bag so she can quickly grab the project she wants to work on based on the bag color.

  9. Alexis Hull says:

    I like all of the containers, but I too am a bag lady. My cousin gave me a huge bag from Cracker Barrel and I take it everywhere. It holds yarn, needles, scissors, snacks, iPad everything! And it’s durable I’ve had it about a year and still looks good!

  10. Dara Hollingshead says:

    most of my waiting to be finished projects are in rubbermade totes or milk crates i get from a local wholesaler. the stuff i’m working on sits in a little purple basket my mother-in-law found me at a yard sale.

  11. Amanda says:

    I use my Jeep diaper bag I had for my son. I never use it much as a diaper bag because it was too bulky and I hate carrying bags. I currently have 7 balls of yarn and 3 projects in it as well as all my needles. It holds a lot and I can easily zip it up if my son walks over to it!

  12. Barbara Wadel says:

    I love these ideas, I wind all my yarn on a yarn winder, and I use a pretty bowl to put it in. I love the tea pot idea, even though she didn’t. I would use a ribbon/elastic treader to put it through the spout, getting the right teapot would help and I do think it would help the tension. I love teapots, so this is so cute an idea to me.

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