Ah, the New Year. A great time for finishing up projects.
For instance, my series of blog posts about organizing the yarn you have at home.
See more shelving and storage ideas on the Juniper Moon Farm blog.
This Pinterest board is visually stimulating (and makes me feel inadequate).
Let’s finish it up with some practical ideas of how to sort your yarn.
After all, if your yarn is well organized you’ll be able to more quickly determine that a trip to your local yarn store is necessary because you don’t have the yarn you need on hand.
Pull Out Projects
The first step, which should be easy, is to pull out all the yarn you have earmarked for projects you know you’re going to make.
Put the yarn and the pattern in a bag then put it away.
That way, when you’re ready to work on that project all you’ll have to do is round up your hook or needle and notions.
If you buy yarn based on projects you’ll be well on your way to being organized!
The second step, or third depending on your mood, is to let go of yarn you won’t use.
We all have skeins lurking in our stash that we don’t like. Either the color doesn’t appeal to us any more, or it’s a partial skein that isn’t enough for a project, or the texture isn’t pleasant.
Even if you don’t like it, someone else might. Organize a yarn swap with your friends. Find a charity to donate it to. Or just throw it away.
If you know you are not going to use it, those reject skeins are just cluttering up your yarn collection!
The final step is to decide what categories you want to use to sort your yarn.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably want to have at least a top level category and one or two sub categories.
Things can get complicated when you consider the various categories can be either top or sub!
Let me back up. Here are categories to consider:
See? You might want to sort by brand, then by colors in that brand. Or group by colors (blue), then weights in those colors (bulky, worsted, fingering, etc).
You can get inspiration from local yarn stores you visit or ask your yarn loving friends what they do.
Because a lot of my at-home yarn is related to my job, I decided it would be best to sort by brand and then weight. This should allow me to quickly locate what I need to take pictures or start a project.
For instance, all of my Ella Rae Lace Merino fit into one cubby. The other Ella Rae yarns I have are on a shelf. Having all my Lace Merino in one place allows me to see my colors at a glance if I want to make a striped project.
I used Lace Merino for my Wine Bottle Mini Mittens and Hat. It was easy to locate red and green in my stash because my yarn was organized.
Now when I need something, or want to admire my collection, I just throw open the closet doors.
There is also plenty of room in my office for the dogs to stretch out nearby when I’m working or to pull out my loom if I want to weave.
A lot of our fans on Facebook mentioned organizing their stash as a New Year’s Resolution. I hope I’ve inspired you to get to work and given you ideas you can use.
How do you like to organize your yarn at home? Which categories have you found to be more useful?